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Thanks to the collaboration agreement signed between Barceló Foundation and Vitamundi Association, this January 164 indigenous youth without resources have started classes at the Ratz’Um K’Iche Women’s Training Center in Boloncó.
The school, managed by the Sisters of “Charity of Santa Ana”, is located in the department of Alta Verapaz, to 435 Kilometers from the capital, in one of the poorest and most illiteracy areas of all Central America. It currently welcomes girls between ages of 13 and 18, with zero financial resources and offers them comprehensive education and occupational training to they develop as people and, at the same time, can be inserted into the labour market.
Thanks to the help provided by the Foundation, 128 young people have been awarded scholarships to study in secondary school and other 35 to pursue in high school. We will cover tuition fees, uniforms, school supplies and sports equipment.
This is the second year that we supported the Vitamundi Association Project in Guatemala. As a result, last year the center was able to increase the academic performance of the girls, reintroduce competitive sports as a school subject and expand the supply of high schools, to meet the demand of the 2020 school year.