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Sponsor a Trama Weaver's Child

 

Trama Education Fund Recipients

 

WHY

Trama’s ‘Sponsor a Weaver's Child’ Project was created to help the children of our cooperative learn, grow and excel.

The communities that make up our cooperative face extremely difficult conditions when it comes to education for their children.

In Guatemala, while primary school (Grades 1-6) is free, Basico and Diversificado (roughly the equivalent of middle and high school) cost not only an inscription fee, but also a monthly charge.

For one child to attend Basico it costs around Q2500 (Q500 inscription fee and Q200 monthly fee for the 10 month school year). At current exchange rates, this is the equivalent of $335 per year.

That means for one child to complete the 3 years of Basico it will cost at a minimum $1,005, and all 6 years of middle school and high school cost $2,010. That doesn't even cover the additional costs of general supplies, transportation to and from school, and books that all children at every age need.

Needless to say it is quite expensive, especially for families living in rural, lower income areas of Guatemala where the minimum wage, which many don't make, is around $12 a day (Q90).

Each of the 17 communities that make up the Trama Textiles Cooperative have an average of 15-20 children, of which many will be at the Basico level age this coming year.

‘Sponsor a Weaver's Child’ Project consists on sponsoring Trama weaver's children to complete at least middle and high school. The sponsorship won’t be covering the total tuition fee, instead, it will be a contribution to the student’s family so that it helps pay for the tuition or any other school related expenses.

 

Our goal is for all Trama children to complete at least Middle and High School.

 

 

HOW DOES IT WORK

Each sponsored student will be receiving 150Q (20USD) per month , which means 200USD annually (school year is from January to October - 10 months). 

The total amount to cover Middle and High school is 1200 USD. This considers 200USD annually, in 3 years of Middle school and 3 years of High school.

On some occasions, we will be sponsoring university students. They will be receiving 350Q (47USD) per month/ 470USD annually, as university costs are much higher. However, our primary focus will be on middle and high school students.

The sponsored students are selected and prioritized according to the family' socio-economic assessment that has been performed.

In order to keep receiving the monthly funds, the student must provide a monthly grades report and keep a minimum performance.

 

 

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP

  • Collective Sponsorships
    • You can make a donation of any amount to the Education Fund here.
    • You can become a monthly donor, of the amount you prefer. Just select that option when donating to the Education Fund here.
The total amount to cover Middle and High school is 1200 USD
This means that to sponsor a child we must raise that amount to ensure he/she can be sponsored throughout Middle and High School.
A new child will be sponsored through the collective donations every time the amount of 1200USD has been reached.
Each donor will be notified via email of which student has been granted the collective scholarship.

 

  • Direct Sponsorship
You can directly sponsor a child.
Each sponsor will be assigned a student and have the commitment of sponsoring for at least a full school year.
The sponsor and student will get to know each other through Trama
In order to build a close relationship between student and sponsor, the student will send quarterly video updating about his/her progress in school. The sponsor will also be encouraged to do a video for the student.
If you are interested in becoming a direct sponsor please contact us for more info at coordinator@tramatextiles.org 

 

  • Get your school involved
Click here to check how your local school could get involved.

     

    Thank you for supporting the Trama students!

     

     

     

    TRAMA SPONSORED STUDENTS

     

    Marisol

    Marisol is 20 years old and lives in the Municipality of Churuneles-1 in Sololá. She is currently studying Business Administration at the University and her goal is to create a company and have a family economic stability, generating employment for society.

     

     

    Jacqueline

    Jacqueline is 18 years old and lives in the Municipality of San Martín Sacatepéquez in Quetzaltenango. She is currently at University studying a Bachelor of Nursing and her greatest motivation is to be able to provide for the baby she is expecting and support her family. Her dream is to work as a Nurse and help people from her community.