The Mayan Youth Education Fund was founded in 2006, and has helped over 18 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.
This year we are continuing to raise sponsorships for four hardworking students; Grecia, Marta and Claudia Martinez are returning to school, and their brother Miguel will now be starting Junior High. Grecia is in the last phase of her nursing program, Claudia and Marta are entering 8th grade, and Miguel is entering 7th grade. These four siblings live in real poverty in the hills of Copan, with a family of eight children and a father who cannot work as he is fighting terminal lung cancer, in the advanced stages of his illness.
This family has bravely faced Antonio’s failing health, and it his greatest wish that his children continue in their schooling so that they might overcome their family’s cycle of poverty. This family has amazing faith; despite their hardships, they are still thankful for their blessings and have such warm spirits. It’s wonderful that God has kept Antonio with his family this long, so thank you all for your prayers. When he was at his worst this year, the family was able to send him to hospital for three months, thanks to the financial help from donors. He returned home before Christmas feeling a bit better, and his family felt blessed to spend Christmas with him, and we were able to send some money for them to buy food and some small presents for the children.
This family lives in a simple cement block hut with just blankets to cover their windows and doors, with a dirt floor and two rooms. They have an outhouse outside of their house, and cook over a fire outdoors. They have a very simple diet, eating mostly tortillas, and have always depended on Antonio farming their milpa, or cornfield, to supply them with corn to grind into flour to make the tortillas. Now that he is so sick, the family faces an even more impossible future. They cannot make it without our help.
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.
This is a wonderful family who we know very well, and they have done everything they can for their children, however their ongoing struggle against the hardships of poverty have now escalated because of Antonio’s dwindling health. Please see here to learn more about their story.
Grecia has been working as a maid in town for years during the week to pay for her own schooling on the weekends, and is now in the last phase of her nursing program. Thank you to our generous donors who helped to put her through school in previous years; please donate today so that she might continue her education.
We raised the funds to send them last year and we hope to do the same this year, but we know that the family is in greater need than just for school fees.
We hope to raise the funds for all four siblings to attend high school, as well as to supply additional funds to the family for food and Antonio’s medicine. They have an immediate need for food and medicine for Antonio, and the school session starts Feb 11th, which means they need funds to register, buy their books and any new items for their uniforms. Please help these brave kids to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty. Give today through our donate page to give this family a hand up and hope for their future.
ONE YEAR BUDGET FOR SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS
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
Phys Ed. or Co-op placement uniform (clothing and shoes) – $30
Back pack- $25
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.