Esperanza Juvenil: Boys Hope Girls Hope Guatemala

Esperanza Juvenil is a not-for-profit organization that helps highly-motivated children and youth from low-income backgrounds to reach their maximum potential. The 170 children and youth who are currently part of Esperanza Juvenil come from difficult situations in which their families and communities cannot support their basic needs- education, health and a safe upbringing. Esperanza Juvenil provides these youth with the opportunity to receive an education with the goal that they will graduate from college, reach their maximum potential as individuals and contribute to their communities.

 Approximately 48% of urban children and 51% of rural children in Guatemala live in extreme poverty. According to the UN World Food Programme, Guatemala now has “the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean.” An astonishing 50% of Guatemalan children under age 5 are chronically malnourished. Moreover, the average education level attained in Guatemala is 4th grade -- and drops down to 2nd grade for Mayan girls.

Only 3.6% of the Guatemalan population entering university, and 20% of those students reaching graduation, Esperanza Juvenil is paving the way for young Guatemalans to take a great leap forward for themselves, their families and their country