School building has always been a core part of Pencils of Promise (PoP). It’s the organization's most rapidly growing education intervention and it's growing fast, especially in Guatemala! Communities and the Ministry of Education ask PoP for new school structures frequently. Approximately 75% of communities PoP visits have poor existing infrastructure. In Guatemala, this means classrooms made of corrugated tin or housed in a neighbor’s kitchen or basement.
One of those communities is La Independencia. It is a small and isolated village in the Boca Costa region of Guatemala. Despite the difficulties of building a school in the village, members of La Independencia are adamant about improving the quality of education that their children receive. Currently, the students attend school in two provisional structures that serve as multi-grade classrooms. Both structures are on borrowed land with no bathroom facilities. PoP is partnering with La Independencia in order to build three formal classrooms and bathroom facilities on the community's own land. We are confident that this partnership will provide the children of La Independencia with a space conducive to learning and growth.
You can make a new structure possible and change the lives of students and teachers in La Independencia. Join me and Pencils of Promise this holiday season as we fund 25 brand new schools in Guatemalan communities.