Children's Education Abroad, My Community

Julio Cesar Sponsorship for 2016

It’s time again for Mayan Children Sponsorships so they can go to school, and Little Known Help Zone has responsored the past sponsored student Julio Cesar to continue for another year of school. This was made possible by generous donations during Bryn Mawr events and through speaking at PETE&C. For $360, Julio will attend school for another year and further his education which would otherwise be impossible.

If you remember, LKHZ has sponsored two students in the past, including Julio Cesar. The other student, Brenda, is graduating this year, but Julio still has a few years in high school to go. LKHZ also donated a bed to Julio’s family in December.

Once Julio finishes school, LKHZ will stop student sponsorships for the moment to create a more comprehensive program that is more inclusive of children in need rather than of specific students.

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Rings From El Salvador on the Etsy Shop

IMG_7530 IMG_7531 IMG_7532Excited by all the plans Little Known Help Zone has on the table? Support the movement with these beautiful rings, made with materials sourced from El Salvador. The bronze filigree rings have beautiful stone, shell, and sea glass. They are elegant, fairly priced, and a great accessory or gift. Added benefit, the support the Little Known Help Zone scholarship fund!

 

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2015-2016 Season Focus: Guatemalan Education Scholarship Fund

While all three causes of Little Known Help Zone are of equal importance, this season specific focus will be placed on education in Guatemala, specifically the formation of a scholarship fund. For the Guatemalan 2016 school year, 2 students, one boy and one girl in high school, are sponsored. In addition to the school sponsorship, one outside family need will be donated to these students.

Once the 2017 school year arrives, the scholarship plan is as follows:

-4 males, 4 females will be fully sponsored for a year of education.

-2 students from each schooling level will be supported, preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school.

-These 8 students, in addition to full school sponsorship, will receive a donation for one additional need of the family.

-This scholarship will then follow a legacy, hopefully supporting the same students years to come so they graduate and their family situation is made better.

For example, Julio Cesar is supported for the 9th grade in 2016 and will be receiving an additional donation to help his family. As Julio enters the 10th grade in 2017, he will receive the same support and additional donation until he graduates. This insures graduation of students.

To accomplish this ambitious scholarship, funds will need to be raised over the 2015-2016 season to substantiate the scholarship fund and make this dream a reality. Stay tuned for more fundraising opportunities, and to support in the meantime shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleKnownHelpZone?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Little Known Help Zone Takes On Guatemala

Another project is in the works and this is a big one!

After much research, Little Known Help Zone has decided to start working in Guatemala. Guatemala is the most impoverished country in Central America. This poverty is coupled with high crime and abuse rates. 7/10 children are abused, and 98% of crimes against women and children go unpunished. There is a need, and Little Known Help Zone is going to meet it.

This project is going to be large scale and multifaceted.

First, Little Known Help Zone is going to work to formulate a scholarship to award to someone who otherwise was denied education. Hopefully, this scholarship will be through an online college and awarded to one person a year. In the start up phase, Little Known Help Zone has found many organizations it can go through to find award winners, but in the future this will be awarded to people in Little Known Help Zone’s other ventures in Guatemala.

Simultaneously, Little Known Help Zone wants to find an outlet to create jobs in Guatemala for people who unfortunately cannot work, hopefully in the form of a sustainable factory. This factory will be focused towards women who want to get away from abusive husbands and support their families, or just anyone who wants to be self supporting. Eventually, scholarships will be awarded to workers then, so more skills can be learned and these people can break away from poverty. The goods from this factory will go to fund costs mainly, and also support the next step, youth education.

Little Known Help Zone then wants to build a school in Guatemala for children to attend. This will be a free school accessible to anyone. Over time we will work to make the school available to more and more children.

Finally, Little Known Help Zone will work to build a domestic violence shelter to provide a temporary place to stay for women and children as they recuperate and organize.

Although it will take many years and vast amounts of funds to accomplish, these 4 pieces will work together harmoniously to educate, provide income, and sustain. These 4 sources will allow the people of Guatemala to become self sustaining and break away the chins they’ve been living under to thrive.

Stay tuned for updates, and if you would like to help please email littleknownhelpzone@gmail.com