A School for Chajul

We are on a mission to transform education in Chajul

 

Limitless Horizons Ixil has supported this indigenous Maya community since 2004. With 93% of Chajul’s families living in poverty, nearly half of parents illiterate, and less than 5% of youth graduating from high school, our talented team of local leaders are driven to reenvision educational opportunities in their community.

In January 2022, we welcomed Colegio Horizontes’ first class of students for COVID-safe in-person learning with our excellent teaching team! School construction is over 75% finished, and we look forward to having classes there by summer and our grand opening in July.

We’ve raised over 95% of the funds needed for startup costs including construction, furniture, teacher and mentor training, curriculum development, a school garden, solar energy installation, and our CommUNITY Pavilion (for distanced outdoor family meetings and teacher trainings as well as recess, PE, and school activities)—and we’re now in the final stage of our critical fundraising campaign.

Limitless Horizons Ixil is starting a unique school to provide access to a high-quality, empowering, and holistic middle and high school education for indigenous youth in rural Guatemala. We’ll bring culturally responsive, rigorous, and engaging academics to Chajul for the first time, while opening doors for girls to attend and thrive in school, along with a small group of boy allies. Led by local women, our school will foster the skills youth need to effect change in their lives and community.

We envision a new generation of civic-minded youth who are academically prepared for college and well-paying careers—and who can bring economic security to their families without migrating to the US, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty in Chajul. We’ll create a pipeline of educated agents of change to create solutions to local challenges. Our comprehensive approach will strengthen families, promote a culture of gender equality, and improve educational quality across the community.

For more info: Our case prospectus includes details on Chajul’s need for this school, our strategy and budget, our plans and timeline, and the intended impact for students and the entire community.

Help us cross the fundraising finish line by the end of May so we’re ready for our grand opening in July!
Click below to make an online gift, or mail a check (made out to Limitless Horizons Ixil, with “school” in the memo) to: Limitless Horizons Ixil, P.O. Box 3120, Santa Cruz, CA, 95063.

To learn more about giving and recognition opportunities, including how to give stock or through a donor-advised fund, see here.

Want to get involved? Contact [email protected]org or
call (+1) 831-824-4827. We’d love to connect!

Thanks to our partners for working alongside us to ensure that Chajul’s youth have access to the quality education they deserve.