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Why GSSG?

  • The indigenous Maya, who make up about half the Guatemalan population, are victims of racism and injustice, and suffer from some of the worst rates of illiteracy and malnutrition in the hemisphere.
  • More than 90% of the indigenous population lives on an income that is lower then the poverty line.
  • Almost 58% have incomes below the extreme poverty line.
  • Much of the population of Guatemala is illiterate with the rate for indigenous women exceeding fifty percent.
  • In the countryside nearly seventy percent drop out of school before completing third grade.
  • Schools available to the Guatemalan poor often lack textbooks, but more importantly, teachers tend to be poorly prepared and always poorly paid.
  • Without better access to decent education, future generations will continue in this cycle of poverty.