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SCHOOL IN EL TRIUNFO, SOLOLA:

Another friend of Asociacion Maya, Ken McGuffin in Toronto, has raised money since 2007 to build additional† floors onto the elementary school in El Triunfo, Solola, Guatemala, the rural community with the largest number of Asociacion Maya co-op members. Beginning in January 2008, the current elementary school began to be used in the afternoon for a new intermediate school. Since then new second and third floors have been built onto the school which now goes through 12th grade! Ken continues to raise many thousands of dollars per year to help cover the cost of salaries for teachers and the administrator, as well as school supplies and other necessities.
 
Education opportunities for the children in the village were quite limited. The publicly funded school in the village only covered grades one to six. Few children went beyond grade six since they must pay for further education, including transportation, books, supplies, uniform and some or all of the tuition. Itís a cost that few of the families can afford. Many children left school because they and their parents could see no hope for being able to continue past grade six. In 2007 Ken raised money to provide scholarships to six children to attend 7th and 8th grades at a school outside the village †-- a small fraction of the students who are eager to learn more.
 
The project has no religious or political agenda. We are simply providing the resources to enable a community to provide better educational opportunities for their children.
 
Please consider the school project in your year-end charitable giving. Also consider making a contribution in lieu of or in addition to giving holiday presents this year.
 
For US residents:
Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check with A Thread of Hope School in the memo line, made out to UCDF (UPAVIM Community Development Foundation) to Barb Lorraine, 808 E. 23rd St., Bryan, TX 77803. †
Tax receipts will be mailed out each January.†

Thank you to UPAVIM Community Development Foundation for agreeing to pass on 100% of donations to the school project!

If you do not need a tax deduction, you can click on Support Our Projects and donate via credit card, or send a check made out to A Thread of Hope, with School in the memo line and mail it to A Thread of Hope, P.O. Box 335, Easthampton, MA 01027.†
 
Please e-mail or call with any questions. Thank you so much for your support.
 
Eliza


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