Because of the economic necessity within families, children in Guatemala are often needed to help create income at a young age. It is common for children to drop out of school as early as 12 -15 years of age to start adult life to help their family.
The Guatemalan school system is not free beyond the primary grades, and therefore many families find it an undue burden to send their children to school beyond 6th grade. A recent study revealed only three out of 10 children graduate from 6th grade.
Open Heavens Guatemala exists to provide tuition, school supplies, uniforms and other support to enable young people to continue their education and create a better future for themselves.