Only four out of ten children in Guatemala attend primary school. Even fewer get the secondary education they need to break out of the cycle of poverty. A scholarship to Meso Foundation’s Colegio Mesoamericano can help remove the financial barriers that keep these children from getting the education they deserve, so they have a lifetime of opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.
When you open the door to education, you change the course of a child's life
Our Current Need
We develop extraordinary future leaders like Jesús
Jesús has the aptitude and attitude to accomplish great things. But his family doesn’t have the finances to support his education. Thanks to a scholarship to Meso Foundation’s Colegio Mesoamericano, Jesús has thrived in our well-rounded, skill-based learning curriculum and our comprehensive emotional intelligence program. He’s leaving our program with the tools to make a difference in his family and his community.
It takes $200 a month to educate a child at Colegio Mesoamericano. Your donation can help Colegio Mesoamericano students immediately, while making a difference that can last for generations.
What your donation provides:
tuition x fees
one meal a day
books x supplies
Here's how you can make a difference
Choose from one of four ways to make a difference:
Every donation counts. You can choose a custom donation amount that will go toward our General Funds, which we use to provide extracurricular programs, books, and supplies to our students.
For $100 per month, your donation will cover half of the cost of a high quality education and daily lunch for one student.
For $200 per month, your donation will cover the full cost of a high quality education and daily lunch for one student.
If you’d rather give a one-time donation, that’s great too. You’ll be contributing to our General Scholarship Fund. These funds are for children who need scholarships but don’t have sponsors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How will my donation be used?
We work very hard to keep our overhead and administrative costs extremely low, which means that 100% of all donations benefit the students.
Is there a time commitment?
We don’t want to put children in a position where they start their education and then have to stop unexpectedly because their donor drops out. So we do require that Half Scholarship and Full Scholarship donors commit to giving for a certain period of time.
Right now, we offer two commitment options: 6 months or a full school year. Choose the commitment option that feels right for you. And don’t worry, you’ll always have the opportunity to renew your commitment if you want to ensure your child keeps getting the support they need to continue their education.
We know that committing to a long-term donation is a big decision. But we also know these children need support they can rely on. One year of school is a great gift. But our goal is to help them make it to their high school graduation day (or beyond), so they can reach their full potential.
Can I cancel my donation commitment early if necessary?
We understand that unexpected challenges can arise that make it necessary to cancel your donation commitment. If you’ve committed to a 6 month or full school year donation period, you can end your donation commitment early if necessary. We just ask that you give us three months’ notice so we can find another donor for the student you were sponsoring.
Where can I learn more about Colegio Mesoamericano?
If you want to learn more about Colegio Mesoamericano’s mission and educational curriculum, you can visit our website.
Will I get the opportunity to get to know the child I'm sponsoring?
Yes. Half Scholarship donors get one Zoom meeting every six months with the child they’re sponsoring and an adult who will help facilitate the conversation. Full Scholarship donors get two Zoom meetings every six months with the child they’re sponsoring and an adult.
Full Scholarship donors will also receive a handmade gift from their child each year.
Will I get academic updates on the child I'm sponsoring?
Absolutely. Half and Full Scholarship donors will receive quarterly student report cards for the child they’re sponsoring.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Absolutely! Meso Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which makes your donation tax-deductible. You will receive the appropriate tax form at the end of the tax year.