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 one of the GSSG students who needs 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, a walking distance of two hours. 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.
Now that I have been given a scholarship by GSSG, I guarantee an excellent school performance and I will try to exceed your expectations. Otherwise I would not be able to achieve my dream, to study Social Work at Rafael Landivar University and help my village.
CORNELIO ISAIAS POOU MORÁN
GSSG’ Board of Trustees are very happy to welcome its newest scholar, Cornelio Isaias Poou Morán, who will receive a full scholarship to attend San Carlos University in Guatemala City.
Cornelio lives in small house made of wood with a dirt floor near the city of Cobán. His mother makes and sell tortillas to earn money to support her family but she makes less than US$55 a month. This small amount makes every day a challenge for her. Cornelio finds work when he can to help her. He was able to find enough work to cover about 80% of his high school expenses.
Cornelio began high school at Instituto Normal Mixto Del Norte but had to drop out for a while to earn money. However, he was able to return to school and credits his experience at this school with opening his eyes to the reality of his situation and sparking his desire to help others like himself who are really in need.
While in high school, he received a scholarship from the Embassy of the United States to study English. He is now using that skill to teach English to young people in the Esperanza community of Cobán where his high school is located.
In high school, Cornelio also participated in the Junior Achievement Program, which is a program whose aim is to teach young students the basics of business development. His group created a product that the group called Platarina. The product is made from plantains that are processed into flour. The flour is then made into a tasty and nutritious drink. The hope was the product could help eradicate malnutrition. His group also won first prize in Guatemala City in the entrepreneurship program, Diamond Challenge of the University of Delaware.
He describes himself as a visionary person who is setting out to reach his goals and dreams. He chose International Affairs as his major because he wants the chance to know about other cultures. He intends to apply that information to his society and then find ways to help. He knows other countries help Guatemala but he wants his own people to learn and use their own skills to develop their communities and support their families.
In his country, opportunities for a bright future are limited. He is grateful to GSSG for giving him the opportunity to better himself and, in turn, he is committed to helping others.