Donate to our school project and receive a thank-you card with a photo of some of the children, as well as a free gift from A Thread of Hope.
Our part of this project is contributing to the operating expenses of the intermediate school in El Triunfo, Solola, Guatemala. Once these expenses are covered, we will purchase school supplies for the children attending the same school.
Another friend of Asociacion Maya, Ken McGuffin in Toronto, has been raising money to pay the operating expenses and various capital expenses for a new intermediate school (Basico) 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 building began to be used in the afternoon for the new intermediate school.
Education opportunities for the children in the villages are limited. The publicly funded school in the village only covers grades one to six. Few children go beyond grade six since they must pay for further education, including transportation, books, supplies, uniform and some or all of the tuition. It is a cost that few of the families can afford. Many children leave school because they 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. In 2008 Ken and I worked with the development committee (part of the community council in the village of El Triunfo) to look at plans for providing additional educational opportunities in the village.
It cost approximately $27,000 to set up the school with equipment including student desks, office equipment, and blackboards, and to pay for teacher salaries plus the salary for a director and a secretary. Fifteen computers were purchased for a student computer lab. An additional $3,000 pays for scholarships for six students studying outside of the community.
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 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. A tax receipt will be mailed to you. 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 1764, Brookline, MA 02446-0014.
For Canadian residents who want to donate: The school is an official project of the Social Justice Committee of Bloor Street United Church. Visit the church’s page at CanadaHelps.org at http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s1844. Click on “Donate Now” and select “Guatemalan Projects – McGuffin” under Funds. You can also send a cheque payable to “Bloor Street United Church.” To Ken McGuffin, Manager, Media Relations, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
Please e-mail or call with any questions. Thank you so much for your support!