The Issue: Limited Educational Resources in Guatemala
According to 2009 data from the World Bank, more than 75% of Guatemala’s indigenous population lives below the poverty line. Without proper resources, such as textbooks, supplies, and training, village schools can be ill-equipped to prepare students for careers outside of agriculture, thereby limiting their futures. In fact, a study by the US Agency for International Development reveals that roughly 30% of Guatemala's total population is unable to read and that nearly 8 out of 10 indigenous children who start the first grade drop out before completing primary school. Without reading skills to understand land contracts and voting ballots, villagers can become targets of exploitation.
The Campaign: Distributing School Supplies to Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Cooperative for Education can distribute school-supply kits to 192 Guatemalan primary-school students as part of its Culture of Reading Program. Each additional $12 raised will purchase school-supply kits for another four children. Business Information Solutions will also match donations up to a $1,000 total. The kits contain items for bringing reading and writing skills to life, including pencils, pens, an eraser, a storybook, colored pencils, and a ruler. Grassroots donors can also attend select tours to Guatemala with Cooperative for Education to help hand out supplies to the children.
All donations will be matched up to a $1,000 total by Business Information Solutions. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.