SAVE A SCHOOL
Help children bloom by improving their learning environment.
COVID-19 made things harder for kids in Guatemala. Our Minds in Bloom fundraiser had to be posponed to 2021 and donations to the project have slowed down. Please, donate today.
Save a School
La Palangana Primary School was built on donated space, in El Cedro, Guatemala, less than 10 years ago.
There is no electricity.
Some of the classrooms are made of iron sheets, and when it rains, the roof leaks.
The school doesn't have enough space for its 326 students (5 to 12 years old), so they share classrooms and whiteboards.
Broken desks and splintered desks at the makeshift school , which won't get any government help for improvements.
Concerned parents in the community decided to come together and build two classrooms to try to accommodate more students.
They used iron sheets and some wood they collected themselves. Since none of them is specialized in construction, the rooms are dark and get quite hot. Materials are also in danger of falling.
Younger kids starting their academic lives suffer the most with the school's poor conditions.
Studying at a makeshift school can increase mental health issues for children and youth at any age.
Speaking of mental health, do you know how our youth is doing in Canada?
Helping more kids
In Canada, 1 in 5 children and youth struggle with mental health issues (about 1.2 million).
5 in 6 don't get the help they need, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
28,000 children and youth are currently on wait lists for treatment accross Ontario, and mental health is the top concern for Canada's youth.
Minds in Bloom
Good Neighbors Canada will be joining hands with Western University's Faculty of Education for our next fundraiser for education and mental health.
50% of all Minds in Bloom proceeds will go to La Palangana, and 50% will go to the Child and Youth Development Clinic, in London, Ontario.
New to the community, they have supported over 500 children and youth (3 to 18 years old) with mental health and educational needs in two short years, filling a mental health service gap.
A self-referring clinic, they provide high-quality and affordable consultation, assessment, and intervention services to the community, including London's most vulnerable families.
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