GuateStar helps the indigenous population of Guatemala break the cycle of poverty through educational and community outreach projects. The primary methods involve building schools, the effective use of technology, teaching Biblical values and providing community healthcare.
Less than 40% graduate
from the 6th grade.
Of those that graduate 6th grade,
only half go on to the 7th grade.
1 in 10 go on to high school.
Only 8% go to university.
Isn't it about time we
change all that?
GuateStar helps develop the next generation of Guatemalans through education and community services. GuateStar is involved in two school construction projects:
Esmirna School opened with 20 students in 2013. This school is associated with the Esmirna Church, a vibrant and growing church that has been instrumental in starting many other churches.
The Juan Wesley School started in San Cristobal in three Sunday school rooms of the church. Growth was rapid, and soon 300 students were attending. Classes were divided into primary in the morning and junior high school in the afternoon to accommodate more students.
Our Guatemalan partners have asked for a community clinic. They took the initiative to start renovating a building on the Juan Wesley campus. A team visited the site this year and put a new roof on the clinic.
Many families rely on the help and money their school-aged children provide by working odd jobs, selling food at bus stops or serving as the primary care givers for younger siblings. Scholarships pay for school fees: registration, books, supplies, uniforms and transportation.
This program provides students a safe and accelerated learning experience after school. Students get access to music, language, computers and general Internet access. Two popular programs are learning English and using some of the latest computers. This program is currently being offered on a trial basis and will be expanded in the next school year.
"Say 'yes' and be a small part of the work He is doing in the lives of Guatamalan children, and your life will never be the same again."
— Sara, Volunteer
“I want to be a teacher
so I can help children
and also teach my
own mother to read
— Dulce, student 7th grade
"Thank you. With the help you give me I am in the second year of Junior High. My goal is to get good grades and to again be on the honor roll so you and my Dad who is
in heaven will be
proud of me.”
— Francesca, student 8th grade