Guatemala is a country in Central America which is bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Guatemala is most well known for containing 27 volcanoes which range about 180 miles between Mexico and El Salvador on the southern-most part of the country. In a way metaphorically, the amount of volcanoes reflects the ethnic diversity of the country; the majority population of Guatemala includes the Ladinos and the Maya peoples. However, there are different sects of the Mayan population, including Quiché, Kekchi, and Mam. This is also reflected in the language composition of the country, where Spanish is the national language of Guatemala, but there exist more than 20 native Mayan languages. Since Guatemala is a relatively small country in terms of economy, it relies on agriculture; specifically, on crops such as coffee and sugar. Because of this, Guatemala’s adult literacy rate is one of the lowest in Central America, with only 3/4 of adults being literate. Because of this, there is a chain reaction where if an adult did not get the proper education they needed, their child would not get it either, which means that the literacy rate would go down.
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In Guatemala, Strive2Thrive Edu works to mitigate the problem of gender inequality. Many girls do not have the same opportunities for education (and therefore work) as the boys do. We at Strive2Thrive Edu work to mitigate that issue by forming a partnership with a girls’ children’s home. This aligns with the UN’s sustainable development goal number 17. By partnering with organizations and schools like the girls’ children’s home in Guatemala, we can effectively provide quality education to places where children are not getting the most out of their schools. With our partnership in Guatemala, our tutors provide high quality programs that promote women’s empowerment and good health and hygiene (UN sustainable development goals 3, 4, and 5). By providing these quality classes and programs to these students, we not only mitigate the problem of gender inequality, we help the overall educational disparity that exists in underserved areas of countries, including in Guatemala (UN sustainable development goal number 10).