The Perez family moved to Linda Vista, Guatemala 15 years ago hoping to obtain employment so the family could survive. They moved from Nebaj, which is a very, very poor area hidden in the highlands of Guatemala. Unfortunately, their lack of education and Juanita’s illiteracy has stifled their chances of success so they remain in their family’s continuing poverty cycle.
The cycle of poverty is a phenomenon where poor families become impoverished for at least three generations so there are no surviving ancestors who possess and can transmit the intellectual, social, and cultural capital necessary to stay out of or change their impoverished condition. Such families have either limited or no resources.
But that doesn’t mean families do not have a desire to break their poverty cycle!
Families that live in extreme poverty see education as an impossible cost. Families don’t understand that keeping their children home to work instead of going to school continues the poverty cycle for the next generation.
Serving at-Risk Families (SARF) raises money to send all of the children from each family in the program to school and provides their tuition, uniform, books, supplies, shoes, and backpack.
By giving them a quality education, the opportunities for employment upon graduation increases dramatically.
This year’s Backpack Campaign needs to raise $15,000 for tuition, uniforms, shoes, school supplies and backpacks.
Gather your classmates, your school clubs, your friends and family and when you purchase a backpack for school, buy a second one to send to Guatemala. When you raise money this summer with jobs, yard sales, and lemonade stands, give 10% toward the education of our Guatemalan SARF children. When you have VBS at your church, consider raising money for education. Tell your Youth Leader to schedule a 24-Hours in Poverty event to help fund education. Let us know your ideas to raise $15,000!
For more information, please contact Chris Gohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.