The "Indigenous School for Integrated Rural Development", in La Libertad Peten, was built three years ago with resources from the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and is operated by the Mayan indigenous organization ACDIP.
The school focuses on rural-appropriate vocational education for at-risk rural indigenous girls and boys, training them to get decent jobs or start small businesses upon graduation.
The area served by the school has very high rates of poverty and malnutrition, and early forced marriage. In 2018 almost 500 girls (from area villages) between 10 and 14 years of age gave birth.
Due to repeated droughts and subsequent crop failures an ever-increasing amount of the area's young men are, out of desperation, attempting illegal migration to the United States.
Under request from ACDIP, the Ak' Tenamit association is providing ongoing technical support to transfer its highly successful "education for employment" methodology.
For the 2020 school year the "Indigenous School for Integrated Rural Development" expects to house 300 boarding students.
This grant will provide funds for:
• Bunk beds to accommodate up to 300 students
• Computer equipment for classrooms
• Providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
• Supplies for paint and other maintenance items the school requires