As a sponsor, you are crucial to our mission to educate Guatemalan youth, who can then work to bring significant improvement to the socioeconomic conditions in their country. Your tax-deductible contribution of $25 or more per month helps provide a Guatemalan youth with a quality education.
When you sponsor a youth, you’ll receive your sponsored child’s family history and a photo by mail within a week of your first contribution. You will receive letters from your sponsored student apprising you of their progress and, if you wish, you would be able to write to them showing your support.
Sponsorship lasts as long as your student is in the program, or as long as you choose to continue as a sponsor. Most of our sponsor relationships last many years and have a lifelong impact on both the sponsors and their sponsored students.
Please read about two of the GSSG students who need sponsors. If you decide that you would like to become a sponsor, please go to the Sponsorship section of the Donate page.
Verónica Chocooj Quip
I am Verónica Chocooj Quip, 19 years old from the village Copal AA La Esperanza, Cobán, Alta Verapaz. My parents are José Chocooj and Juana Quip, I have four brothers and 5 sisters.
At age 6, I entered preschool in my village. The following year I started elementary school until I finished sixth grade in 2009. After that, I started middle school at Nuevo Amanecer, the only school in my village. Until then, my dream to keep studying have been going well because I was able to study close to home. After that, I could not continue my studies in my village, due to the lack of high schools.
Fortunately, the Instituto Maya Comunitario K’amolb’e was the closest high school to my village, two hours from a walking distance. For me, that was not a barrier and it was even encouraging when I got a scholarship. I studied to be a teacher for preschool children and I graduated in November 2015.
Although I still live at my parents’ home, I could not be supported by them for university education.
My intention was to keep studying but I couldn’t find funding for tuition, transportation, food and other spending that I would need during my education.
I am now looking for a job but it is very difficult due to my education level. I am also looking for scholarship opportunities so that I don’t have to work and study at the same time.
If I am given a scholarship, I guarantee an excellent school performance and I will try to exceed the expectation. Otherwise I would not be able to achieve my dream, to study Social Work at Rafael Landivar University and help my village.
Genaro Kauracan Caal Choc
My name is Genaro Kauracan Caal Choc, I am 21 years old from the village San Jose Peña Blanca I, Coban, Guatemala. At 7 years old, I started elementary school in my village. My parents wanted me to study because they did not have the opportunity themselves. I was very excited to go to school because I could acquire new knowledge that in the future would be very significant for me.
After 6 years of elementary school, I went on to study secondary education. My parents sent me to study at Instituto Maya Comunitario K’amolb’e, as the first member of my family to get into this level. I immediately liked the education system at IMACK and I was given scholarship, I liked to participate in all the scholar and extracurricular activities. As one of the first students at my school, we had to help to build the infrastructure. I finished middle school in 2012. My family was very proud of me.
The following year, I started high school at the same institution, Instituto Maya Comunitario K’amolb’e. My studies were centered to become a teacher for preschool children. During this stage of my studies I had the opportunities to visit several schools, work with children, and teachers gaining so much experience for my field. My aim was to finish high school to look for a job or go to university to follow a degree.
My graduation meant so much responsibility for me because my family and my village started seeing me as a role model. With so much in my mind, I planned that I would help my little siblings to continue their studies and my family in general, since my father is a farmer and does not earn enough for us to study.
It was never easy, as I am the first of 8 children. My father now has decided to stop financing my education since he gave priority to those who need to finish high school. He believes that I could start looking for a job. At the beginning of this year, I could not find funding for University; especially, the price of the cardamom, our main source of income, is very low. I know the importance of higher education, unfortunately, for me it’s a luxury.
My ultimate aim is to help my village towards a greater future trough my knowledge acquired during my education. I would like to study at Rafael Landivar University to major in Teaching in Physics and Mathematics.