Maribel is 10 years old and is now attending a new school this year. $25 per month will cover her school supplies and personal toiletries.
In 2017, Maribel was attending a school adjacent to the basurero (garbage dump) in Guatemala City. Maribel is very bright and studies hard. She wants to be a medical secretary. Her home consists of 1 tiny room with corrugated steel walls and roof. Meals are cooked on a wood stove using contaminated water supplied by a garden hose. Her mother, a single parent with 5 children, works in the garbage dump, 15 hours a day, 6 days a week recycling plastic and earns $10CA per day.
In collaboration with the school principal, Together Education Works initiated a pilot project to send Maribel to live in residence at a more progressive school located in the southern part of Guatemala City. Maribel was happy to learn that she had been accepted. She travelled with her mother on the first day of school in January 2018. Although Maribel’s tuition is fully paid for, she needs to pay for some living and incidental expenses.