Outreach Projects: Michbilrixpú & Chajul
Michbilrixpú, located in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, is a small and isolated community.
Chajul is a town in the rural highlands of the department of Quiché, Guatemala.
Michbilrixpú, located in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, is a small and isolated community, three hours by foot from any town. Its members are indigenous Maya, speak Q’eqchi’ as their first language and support themselves through agriculture, primarily the organic production of cardamom. The people of this community continue to struggle to improve their lives and livelihoods, educate their children and create some measure of stability and prosperity.
With a grant from the Daniele Agostino Derossi Foundation, MEF was able to help five students graduate from elementary, middle school and high school and now still supports Bayron, the last remaining student who is studying law at the university level. This program will finish up with Bayron, and though it was small in scope, the fact that children in Michbilrixpú were able to advance further than their parents in their education is a huge accomplishment in this tiny community. We thank the donors for making this possible.
Any leftover funds from this program are being utilized for scholarships for students from other rural communities. We already started a few years ago by accepting girls from Chajul so that they were able to attend middle-school at our partner nonprofit Colegio Paxil in Nebaj.