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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 youth’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 look through the photographs of our students. For more information on a particular student, click on the link below his/her name. If you decide to sponsor that student click on the link to the Donate page.

Guatemalan Cultural Trivia #9
This video is the ninth in a series featuring interesting facts of Guatemalan life. To see more, click on the above
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GSSG Student Interview – Rolan Coc Choc
During GSSG’s interview with Rolan Coc Choc, a GSSG student scholar, Rolan exhibits the determination that has taken him to
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GSSG Student Interview – Nancy Ventura
This video is the second of interviews of GSSG scholarship awardees. Learn about Nancy’s life in Guatemala. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceg4Gj3eX78
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GSSG Newsletter November 2017
Find out who the Priscilla Otto Leadership Award winners are,  learn about your Return on Investment when you donate to
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GSSG Banquet and Silent Auction
The annual GSSG Banquet and Silent Auction was a huge success. About 100 attendees came to hear from the Guatemalan
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GSSG Newsletter July 2017
Read about Byron’s post graduation plans, Heidi’s inspiring life story, and Mirian’s quest for justice within her country. GSSG NEWSLETTERS
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GSSG Student Interview – Heidi Caal
This video is the first in a series of GSSG student interviews. See the power of your donations!
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Guatemalan Cultural Trivia #6
This video is the sixth in a series featuring interesting facts of Guatemalan life. To see more, click on the above
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Guatemalan Cultural Trivia #5
This video is the fifth in a series featuring interesting facts of Guatemalan life. To see more, click on the
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Guatemalan Cultural Trivia #4
This video is the fourth in a series featuring interesting facts of Guatemalan life. Stay tuned!
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GSSG Newsletter March 2017
Learn about the planned trip of EFL teachers to Guatemala and how one of our students is giving back! GSSG
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New Animated GSSG Logo
GSSG’s new animated logo – give us your comments.   We are indebted to our volunteer graphic artist, Mario Chocooj,
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Sponsorship Success Stories

A Report of Samuel’s Volunteer Work

After traveling in June to the USA thanks to GSSG’s enculturation program, Samuel, a GSSG scholar, learned about a different culture and has since felt compelled and challenged to give something back to his community.
In August, he applied to the Educational Supervisor of his municipality to do a social project focused on healthy eating for children and adolescents in public elementary schools but he was turned down. However, he persisted and, with the help of his church, he was able to hold a workshop for women, “Healthy and Nutritive Food Preparation with Limited Resources”.
The attendees received basic information about food groups: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals and learned to cook food items not common in their daily diet.
Samuel demonstrated his commitment to give back to his community in response to the educational opportunity that you, GSSG donors, are giving to him.

A Note from Martha

Martha, a former GSSG scholar, updates us on her work in Guatemala. “I am Martha, a former GSSG student from 2009-2014. I have been involved in other programs with the vision of helping the Guatemalan people. I am currently part of a nonprofit organization that comes every summer to build schools in remote areas.
I am also working as an English teacher. I remember when I first travelled to USA, how scared I was. I didn’t understand anything and could never have imagined I was going to become an English teacher. I am nothing but very thankful to GSSG for giving me the tools I am using now to help in one way or another my people.” 

A Note from Nancy

Nancy expresses her  appreciation: ”First, I thank God for allowing me to get this far. Thank you to Dr. John Bodoh for believing in me…He is the reason where I am today..………Thank you Lic. Jorge Paque for being my graduation sponsor……. Also I want to thank my family, Dr. Goehl, host families, sponsors, and friends, for helping and guiding me in so many ways through life and education……you always will be part of my life..… Now, I am going for the second step of my career and I can’t wait for that to happen and share with you. May God bless each one of you!!!”

An Update on Byron’s Work

Getting an education in the remote villages in Guatemala is difficult. One reason is the challenge of attracting and keeping good teachers for indigenous schools. Teacher pay is low and the schools are distant from towns.

Byron Cap, a GSSG graduate, saw the need to bring a highly qualified teacher and principal to his former school in the Maya village of Chiallí (Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta Chiallí). With GSSG’s donors providing the funding, Byron was able to find such a person, Oswaldo Si Caal. Oswaldo is an exceptional teacher and principal who has used innovative ways to stimulate and educate the Maya children.

So with your donations, GSSG is working to not only provide scholarships but also give the Guatemalan people an opportunity to have better schools for their children. This is another way GSSG is helping to light the way for the future Guatemalan leaders. Your donations are making it possible now for a whole village to profit from their children gaining a better education.