Every December, Ethical Bean Coffee draws attention to two particular charities in Guatemala that are near and dear to our hearts: Child Aid’s Ethical Bean Scholarship Program and Project Somos’ Children’s Village. Partial proceeds of sales each year are given to these two charities, and we’re thrilled to share some of their stories.
Child Aid works to eliminate poverty and improve children’s lives through education. By boosting the literacy skills of Guatemalan children in rural villages where educational opportunities for indigenous people are few, Child Aid turns the tide on poverty. In Guatemala, attending public school at the middle and high school level comes with a price tag. For impoverished families, registration fees, tuition and the cost of books and supplies are often too expensive and signal the end of education for many children. Thanks to the Ethical Bean scholarship program, Child Aid provides students in the town of El Tejar, Guatemala with scholarships to continue their educations. Here are the stories of two students who have benefitted from this program.
Hector has received an Ethical Bean Scholarship since the time he was in kindergarten. Growing up with his mother, sister, and extended family, they struggled to make ends meet. Hector recently graduated from high school – the first one to do so in his family’s history – and is completing an internship at a hotel in Antigua, Guatemala. He’s keen to build upon this experience by studying hotel management and tourism at university. As Hector enters adulthood, his life is full of new opportunities and possibilities thanks to the many years of educational support provided by Child Aid and Ethical Bean.
Before she was awarded a scholarship, sixth-grader Maria was in jeopardy of dropping out of school. Maria lives with her mother and three siblings in a home without running water. In the morning, Maria watches her younger siblings while her mother works as a housekeeper or collects recycling to pay family bills. In the afternoons, Maria studies at a public school and dreams of continuing her education in order to break the cycle of her family’s poverty.
To learn more or make a donation to Child Aid, visit www.child-aid.org.
Project Somos Children’s Village is an eco-sustainable community for at-risk mothers and children. The family homes and organic farm are located within the small Kaqchikel community of Chivarabal in the Central Highlands of Guatemala.
This December, Ethical Bean Coffee partnered with Muji for the grand opening of their flagship Canadian store in Vancouver. For each cup of coffee sold at their Coffee Counter, a portion of the sales will go towards supporting Project Somos and all the amazing work they do to help protect children, empower mothers, and build healthy communities in Guatemala.
To learn more or make a donation to Project Somos, visit www.projectsomos.org.