Nelson Mandela once said, “Overcoming poverty is not an act of charity, but an act of justice. Like slavery or apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”
Over the last several weeks our staff in Guatemala has had the honor of attending a number of school graduation ceremonies and this year we have seen 26 of our scholarship students graduate from high school. These students are from rural villages where the percentage of young people who graduate from high school is less than 1%. These bright and motivated young people will be the future leaders in their villages, part of the generation that continues the fight against political corruption in Guatemala, and engaged in the struggle to attain equal rights for all its peoples.
Our scholarship students come from humble beginnings. Their parents are often illiterate and work in the fields, earning only around $2.00-3.00 per day. Without the assistance of Avivara and its donors, these students would not have had the opportunity to attend and complete high school and thus help decrease the level of economic vulnerability of their families.
How can we help more young people and their families achieve this same success? Only with the help of our donors. We are now six weeks into our annual Fall Appeal and to date have raised 74% of our goal of $36,000 to help fund our programs in 2017. If you have not yet contributed this year, now is the time to act!
Donations can be made by sending a check to our treasurer at Avivara, 7202 33rd NW, Seattle, WA 98117 (please be sure to include your email address on your check), or by donating online at: http://www.avivara.org/donate/donateonline.html.
Wishing you a happy upcoming Thanksgiving, and hoping we all survive the U.S. elections with our minds and souls still intact,
The Staff and Board of Avivara