April 13, 2020
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COVID-19: Program Impacts

The rich world faces tough times, but will get through the crisis.  The prospects of poorer places are far less certain.

The Economic Emergency: Experimental Treatment
(2020, March 21st). The Economist.


Guatemalan students and their families need your help now more than ever.  Our population is extremely vulnerable to disruptions caused by the virus due to existing economic instability, widespread malnutrition, and poor healthcare infrastructure.  Most of our families work informally and are more likely to suffer financially from the fallout.  Guatemala simply does not have the resources to provide an economic safety net.

Although in-person classes have been cancelled for April, many of our students are keeping up with their studies via television, radio, and internet.  The John Wesley School has been distributing homework on a weekly basis.  Our university students are studying online.  There is much interest in keeping school going.

We are committed to funding our students this year, regardless of what happens with classes.  If school is not in session, those funds can be used to help families make it through the crisis. This will make it more likely that our students will be able to return to school once things have stabilized.

If you would like to give your sponsored student some extra help, you can send a cash gift with the letter delivery scheduled for June 1st.

32 students still need funding.
Due to the current state of the economy, we are seeing a sharp drop in new sponsorships.  Help us keep these families afloat:

Sponsor a student

Donate to our Unsponsored Student Fund
We are in the process of rescheduling the work trips originally slated for the spring and early summer of 2020.  Your trip leader will be in touch with you regarding the details.  
Latest News from Guatemala:
  • COVID-19 in Guatemala  (April 12, 2020 - Pura Vida blog)
    A description of the restrictions currently in place, and some of the effects.
  • Life Under Lockdown  (April 12, 2020 - Pura Vida blog)
    A home visit with four Pura Vida scholarship students and their families.
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