MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.
 
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Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
 
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Tel. (508) 349-1330
 
The Maya Educational Foundation supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and sustains programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.

 

 
           
Cajolá Scholarship Program
        
 
MEF has partnered with Grupo Cajolá since 2006, helping the non-profit to provide scholarships to students in this underserved Mam Maya community. The mission of Grupo Cajolá in Cajolá is "to stimulate the development of the community in all its necessities/aspects: educational, social, cultural, political, economic, health, and security."

Students in Cajolá, Guatemala

MEF helped Grupo Cajolá with providing scholarships at the various school levels from 2006 until 2013 when all scholarship support was dedicated to university scholars, given the great need for developing professionals who would work in Cajolá after graduation.

All Cajolá students honor their Maya Mam identity, want to stay in their community, and are already helping to make it better. This will change the dismal statistics for Cajolá, one graduate at a time. 

For more information on Grupo Cajolá, visit their website.
 
Cajolá is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Quetzaltenango. It is situated in the western Highlands at an elevation of 2,333 m (7,652 ft) and extends to the boca costa of the Pacific Ocean. It is the main urban center of the Highlands and covers an area of 1,951 km². The population is predominantly of Maya descent, mostly Mam.
 

As in other MEF-supported project areas, scholarships are urgently needed, as shown by these statistics provided by Caryn Maxim, coordinator of Grupo Cajolá:  


The 2005 census in Cajolá revealed that out of a population of 15,000 there were just 3 residents who had graduated from college, and only 210 who had graduated from diversificado (high school).


In the context of equally daunting statistics on poverty (93% of the town lives in poverty, 57% in extreme poverty), the need to improve access to education is critical.
 

A film about Reverse Migration (by Talking Eyes Media) tells the story of some of Cajolá's residents who migrated to the USA and some of them having returned to Guatemala to make their home town a better place. 
(Take me to the film.) 

 

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