Education in Guatemala last year was largely put on hold due to the covid pandemic. Unfortunately covid cases continue to rise in Guatemala and incresased safety restrictions are being put in place again. On the bright side the students of CEMIK are continuing to receive an education with their weekly lessons and cultural training via long distance learning. Many of these students come from poverty and usually rely on in-person learning to receive at least one nutritional meal a day at school. Despite the restrictions and long distance learning the teachers of CEMIK are visiting the homes of each student at least once a week to drop off assignments as well as food baskets for the children and their families. The dedication to their students is above and beyond just providing an education and we could not be more impressed!
Chajul has vaccinations available, but many in the community are unsure about the safety of the vaccine while others think the pandemic is a hoax. Some students do still come to school occasionally, but the teachers are very conscientious about the safety of their young students and are wary of the increased probability of possible exposure to infection. Currently cases are rising in both the adult and child population.
Since collaborating with the local NGO they have been implementing their new knowledge in the greenhouse to plant the new seedlings. With a little luck and new skills will see a strong tomato crop which will be shared with both staff and students!
Your donations are going towards helping the teachers do the best that they can to continue caring for families in the community and ensuring the students are still able to receive an education despite all the roadblocks.