Padre with the schoolkids

The Challenge

Schools may be public in Mexico, but education is far from free of cost. After noting this problem in 1995, Fr. Matt Foley, working in an exchange program/mission from the Archdiocese of Chicago to Mexico, decided to get some financial help from friends and relatives back in the states to help fill this gap for many of the needy children in these isolated villages of Guerrero. Lack of family affordability was preventing them from going to school.  Thanks to generous donations, what began with Fr. Matt providing some school supplies has now grown to include approximately 900 students.  These small amounts of assistance money are called becas.  This “scholarship” funding helps provide for tuition, school supplies, uniforms, books, transportation, and special fees which are needed for the parents to be able to send and keep their children in school.  That is our challenge and goal amidst the poverty that is a reality of this region – to foster and promote education amongst the children of all ages in Guerrero, and long term, to break a cycle of poverty.  We hope some of these students will return to their village communities and share their educational blessings.

 

Students in the Classroom Thanks to El Niño Rey

 

Totals and Support

Our financial assistance provides scholarship help from pre-school, primary and secondary levels, a special needs school (CAM- Centro de Atención Multiple) to technical training or high school levels with funding coming from two annual appeals. Total scholarship funding has climbed to $70,000 annually. To help in whatever way you can visit our support page.

 

 

 

 

 

Registration

The distribution of funding to student recipients from 23 mountain villages is captured at registration time and is summarized in the chart below.

Number of Students Receiving Becas:

Year

# Becas Pre-School Primary Secondary Bachillerato Advanced CAM

2013

694

14

335 205 74 31

35

2012

750

8

348 248 81 31

34

2011

885 33 516 189 77 28

42

2010

956 57 575 197 71 21

35

2009

802 18 435 219 73 25

32

2008

728 17 316 249 80 27

39

 

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