We are the fundraising arm of Escuela de la Calle, an organisation that operates a Street School and Children’s Dormitory in Quetzaltenango. We don’t just support these projects- we are these projects and have been for over 20 years.
Asociación Escuela de La Calle (EDELAC) is a Guatemalan-registered, non-profit organization that has been combating the phenomenon of children living and working on the street since its establishment in 1995. EDELAC is run by a Guatemalan staff of teachers, social workers, and psychologists who are in turn supported by foreign volunteers.
The centre-piece of EDELAC is its school located in Las Rosas, an impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of Quetzaltenango where many street children originate. The school provides accessible and comprehensive education to over 140 street children and children-at-risk between the ages of 5 and 15.
The majority of the school’s student body is of indigenous descent and the kids usually come from a background of family disintegration, violence, and poverty. The children are taught traditional subjects such as maths, reading, and writing in addition to receiving education in indigenous languages, children’s and human rights, democracy, participation and ethics. Through the school, students are provided with free medical and dental care.
The school also actively works to involve parents – many of which are unfamiliar with and resistant to the idea of schooling – in their children’s education. Through workshops, courses, and conversations, the school promotes stable, nurturing family environments and broader community-building.
Thanks to the work of Quetzaltrekkers, EDELAC is nearly financially self-sufficient. In 2015, money raised solely through our treks covered 66% of EDELAC’s total operating budget, paying for teacher salaries, school supplies, and administrative costs, among many other things. The remainder was made up by the generous donations of individuals, companies, and international NGOs. For further information, visit the website: www.escueladelacalle.org.