Vida Gourmet, Educaid Guatemala and The Paiz Foundation, working together to: Build A Stronger Guatemala

Education proves to be highly effective at empowering individuals, communities and even whole societies. A new partnership in Guatemala combines the experience and resources of the Paiz Foundation, with the initiative of Educaid Guatemala; to provide quality education that strengthens lives from childhood, through future generations.

Our efforts focus on children from the highlands, where a disproportionate number of the population have little or no access to education. We offer scholarships to middle school, high school and in some cases, university. In addition to the national curriculum, students receive vocational training, have access to libraries, updated computers and modern programs that promote reading comprehension. Professional help is available for their social and psychological development. They live in safe, secure housing with wholesome, nutritious meals.  Each of our schools has scored well above average in  national testing on reading and math.

The benefits are far-reaching. High School graduates earn 25% more than their counterparts. Girls who continue their education after primary school, wait to marry, delay having children and have fewer of them. People with a high school education are less likely to emigrate to the US.

The current program has over 400 students in six schools.  Many more deserving children want to further their studies. You can help them realize this dream by joining our team. Each scholarship is just $1,200 per year or $100 per month. This includes their studies, extra-curricular activities, room and board. Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

To provide these scholarships, The Paiz Foundation and Educaid Guatemala are hosting the first- annual Vida Gourmet event at El Sitio in La Antigua, on November 18 featuring cooking demonstrations by notable chefs, presentations in the home hospitality field and opportunities to sample a variety of Guatemala’s finest artisanal foods and beverages.

Written by: Margaret Hansen

Tranlated by: Julissa Carrillo


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