Maya Traditions’ Student Sponsorship Program started humbly, with an honest conversation between the organization’s founder, Jane Mintz, and an artisan from Chuacruz, a rural village in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The artisan made clear to Jane the grinding, generational poverty and high costs of even public education in Guatemala that made it difficult - often impossible - to send their children to school. Through this personal encounter, Jane recognized the need to support Maya Traditions’ collaborating artisans beyond just a fair payment for their weavings and the first ever scholarship was offered in 1997 to Gilberto, the son of the woman from Chuacruz.
Our Sponsorship Program provides the opportunity to personally support a child of one of our artisan partners. As a sponsor, you not only provide the invaluable opportunity of an education to a student, but you also contribute to larger positive changes for the student's community and indigenous people in Guatemala as a whole.
Why sponsor a student with Maya Traditions? You'll have the opportunity to cultivate a special relationship with your sponsored student. He or she will send you handwritten letters, photos, and report cards so you can witness the impact your donation has on their growth!
A day with Marisol - our Youth Education coordinator: