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.

We aim to complete phase one of construction of our school, Colegio Horizontes, by December 2021 and welcome our first class of students for socially distanced learning in January 2022 (the start of Guatemala’s school year). We’ve raised over 90% of the 1.35 million needed for construction, furniture, teacher training, curriculum development, and other startup costs—and we’re now in the final stage of this 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! We’re striving to raise $10K in new gifts from supporters like you between August and September! 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] 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.