The village of Santo Tomás Milpas Altas, like many in rural Guatemala, faces a set of difficult challenges. The cycle of poverty is alive and well in this community. Here’s a look at some of these realities, and a reminder that there is still a reason for hope!

Income Inequality

A very small elite in Guatemala owns the vast majority of the land and financial capital. It’s very hard for a working-class farmer to change his circumstances without a formal education.

Insufficient Education

Going to school is expensive. School fees, uniforms, books… It adds up. When the choice is between feeding your children or educating them, it’s not hard to imagine what many parents decide to do.

Low Health Standards

With little disposable income, many in rural Guatemala postpone clinic visits as long as possible and suffer through illnesses rather than seeking treatment. This has obvious implications for those whose future depends on consistent work or education.

Large Families

To ensure enough hands to help on the farm, many families have lots of children. Although it helps to have free labor, this also creates more mouths to feed and makes expensive education even less of a viable option.


Although things are difficult for many families in Santo Tomás, there is a reason to be hopeful. Through high-quality education, life-changing extracurricular activities, and a generous sponsorship program, Saber y Gracia Christian School is working to give students the tools they need to break