We held a sponsorship campaign in May and June for 5th and 6th graders in San Miguel Milpas Altas. This is our newest community, where we started working in 2010. We wanted to share with you more about the challenges and strengths of San Miguel, as you help us grow support for its students.
Commitment to education
The citizens of San Miguel have demonstrated a great commitment to education over the years, successfully lobbying the government for three school buildings in town to accommodate their large school population.
Still, space is limited for school activities, and funding is limited. Many families need help paying to send their children to school. Last year, Common Hope sponsored 439 students, and our education promoters have been hard at work in the school’s 19 classrooms, helping the school reach new standards of excellence in education.
High school still uncommon
One of the biggest educational challenges for San Miguel is that there is no high school in town, so if students want to continue studying, they have to travel outside town to Antigua or Guatemala City. A high school degree is still rare. Most people learn a trade, whether in agriculture, carpentry, or iron work, without any formal education.
Many children here, like the students in our sponsorship campaign, have a goal of graduating high school, which will afford them the skills for a professional career. You can help them get there by sponsoring a student.
For 10 more facts and photos of San Miguel Milpas Altas, click here.