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Giving Back to Guatemala – $1 Million Strong

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A million dollars can have a huge impact on education, as the children of Guatemala are discovering, thanks to the Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks Coffee Company.

In rural Guatemala, many children don't complete basic education, speak only their native Mayan language and grow up functionally illiterate. Girls, who sometimes marry as young as 12, are especially vulnerable. Too many drop out of school and almost 30% of women over age 15 can't read and write. The chronic malnutrition rate for kids under 5 is 49% and, in areas where Save the Children works, it's as high as 78%.

Starbucks has been partnering with us to improve the education of children in rural, coffee-growing areas of Guatemala since 2005.

"Starbucks' dedication to the health and education of children in the coffee-growing communities of Guatemala is an inspiration. Together, we're opening the door to a brighter future for young children." — Carolyn Miles

Change is Brewing

Starbucks' employee Jessie Daher participating in a Save the Children/ Starbucks supported classroom at the Laguneta Pulaja School in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Photo credit: Luciana Sette/Save the Children
Starbucks' employee Jessie Daher participating in a Save the Children/ Starbucks supported classroom at the Laguneta Pulaja School in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Photo credit: Luciana Sette/Save the Children
  • The Guatemala Education Initiative has reached more than 4,400 kids, giving them the tools to learn. We've also helped over 150 teachers improve their skills and made it easier for nearly 1,900 moms and dads to get involved in and support their children's education.
  • During the busy coffee harvest time, we reach out to teachers, parents and farm owners to make sure these girls and boys don't fall behind in their schoolwork.
  • To reduce absenteeism and maximize learning, we also provide health and nutrition interventions and teach good hygiene practices.

Maria's Story — The Initiative in Action

As a school administrator and ambassador of intervention in the city of Quetzaltenango, María C. Quiñónez C. ensures teachers have the support they need to excel at their work and the resources necessary to facilitate the learning process.

She does that, in part, through the Starbucks' Education Initiative, which "continues to produce true progress among teachers and students."

Teachers use project tools and methodologies to help youngsters develop better reading skills and cultivate their imaginations, understanding and judgment. The project has helped parents become more active participants in their children's education and, as an added bonus, has taught students better health practices like hand washing, tooth brushing and healthy eating.


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Says Maria, "We have seen dramatic changes in performance and internal efficiencies throughout participating schools."