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The Mayan Youth Education Fund was founded in 2006, and has helped many Mayan students attend high school in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. Please partner with us to sponsor these hardworking students to break the cycle of poverty as they hope to return to school in February.

The school year runs February to November in Honduras, as December and January are the traditional harvest months. School is only free through 6th grade in Honduras; from 7th grade onwards, students must pay tuition, as well as for uniforms, supplies, books and other school fees.

Please help these brave kids to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty. Give today through our donate page to give Honduran students a hand up and hope for their future.


School fees- $140
School supplies – notebooks, pens, pencils, ruler,calculator, art, music and wood shop supplies– $40
Uniform (skirt or pants, two shirts, socks)- $40
Dress shoes-$25
Phys Ed. or Co-op placement uniform (clothing and shoes) – $30
Back pack- $25
TOTAL- $300


Why High School Scholarships Change Lives in Honduras

Most families cannot afford to send their children to school past 6th grade in the free village school. Once they start 7th grade the costs become unmanageable, as they must journey down the mountain to the larger high school, and not only buy school supplies but also pay school fees, and buy uniforms. In a culture where families have an average of 7 kids and many have 10 or more, the main focus is just keeping the children fed, and school after 6th grade becomes an impossible dream.

It is even more challenging for girls to reach high school, as most girls are expected to stay home and help their families after 6th grade, or are married off to older men and start having children when they are as young as 14 years of age! Studies show that for every year a girl is in school in the developing world, her chances of dropping out and getting pregnant grow less every year. Girls who are given hope and a way out of poverty by being educated will wait until they are older than their peers to get married and have children, meaning that they will be healthier and better able to care for their children when they do start a family. Please help to sponsor one of these youth today. Their future depends on it.