Educating Girls in Guatemala is Important

Four girls sponsored through World’s Children in Guatemala recently graduated

Four girls supported by World’s Children sponsors at Quiche (pronounced “KEY-chay”) Indian Mission in Guatemala recently graduated from ninth grade. Their hopes for the future are now within grasp.

Why educating girls in Guatemala is important

We are very proud of all these graduates. Perhaps graduating from the ninth grade doesn’t sound like such a big deal to you. Unless you consider…

Only 69% of adult women in Guatemala know how to read.

Historically, Guatemala’s Maya people have been marginalized and afforded limited access to education–especially girls. That makes the academic achievement of these young women all the more meaningful.

According to the United Nations, educating girls is a crucial tool in the fight to end global poverty.

These girls come from impoverished backgrounds and they are among the first in their families to move on to higher education. The Diversified Program (our equivalent of high school with some junior college and vocational training included) is their next step.

What DIVERSIFIED higher education at Quiche Indian Mission offers Mayan girls

  1. Girls stay until they complete 3rd basic at about 15 years old, the equivalent of 9th grade. That is what these girls in the photos above just completed.
  2. After 3rd Basic they are eligible for Diversified which is the equivalent of 10th through 12th except you select a major subject as you would in college or vocational school.
  3. Girls can continue living at Quiche if they enroll in one of the five Diversified subjects that Quiche offers:
    1. Teaching of Intercultural Bilingual Infant Education (taught at the school at Quiche)
    2. Bachelor of Science and Letters (taught at the school at Quiche)
    3. Mechanics (taught at a school nearby Quiche)
    4. Electronics (taught at a school nearby Quiche)
    5. Business Administration (taught at a school nearby Quiche)
educating girls in Guatemala
Tomorrow’s graduates celebrate too.

These young women are also role models who are showing their sisters, brothers, cousins and friends that they can succeed as well.

Seeing what is possible is powerful.

 educating girls in Guatemala

Three cheers for the graduates and three more for their sponsors!

Thanks to all the donors and sponsors who are helping children succeed like these girls in Guatemala.
You can help end global poverty while caring for vulnerable children.


Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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