Roots & Wings counters poverty with education in Guatemala


Roots & Wings International, our current Education beneficiary, continues to bring educational opportunities to the indigenous poor of Guatemala through university scholarships, computer literacy programs, and after-school tutoring.

manuelaTwelve-year-old Manuela Tambríz Chox participates in RWI’s computer literacy training and after-school tutoring program. In Guatemala, 60 percent of the population does not graduate from elementary school, so RWI has designed these programs to help children aged 5 to 11 remain in school and successfully complete elementary school.

Manuela’s father Manuel works as an agricultural laborer, while her mother María works in housekeeping. Although her parents earn less than US $2 per day, they have made the commitment to enroll Manuela in school with the hope that an education will provide their daughter with a more promising future. Manuela is a hard-working fifth-grader who aspires to be a doctor one day.

RWI includes a specific non-sectarian statement on its website: “Roots & Wings Int’l is not affiliated with any church or political organization, and we do not promote any religious or ideological perspective. Our goal is to encourage students to develop their own world view based in their own culture and life experience” — a perfect fit for Foundation Beyond Belief.

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