Education

Education

Wells of Hope has successfully drilled deep water wells, against incredible odds, to bring clean, potable water to the front door of tens of thousands who thirst in the mountain regions of Jalapa and Jutiapa

"Before we were in classrooms with plastic sheeting walls, dirt floors, and no windows. Now the children have a better, healthier environment to learn in.”

Teacher at WOH built school

Helping to Educate

Over the last ten years Wells of Hope has built and equipped fifteen schools. This year a new literacy pilot program was implemented to raise reading levels in primary grades, providing children the capacity to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty.

One of the global millennium goals set by the United Nations was to see that all children are provided primary education. There are many benefits to a good education including the ways that health, economy, and society at large are affected.

As children stay in school they are more likely to understand the importance of proper hygiene, using safe drinking water, and following guidelines that promote a healthy lifestyle. As well, those with better reading levels are more likely as adults to seek out the guidance of doctors and health care professionals and learn more about health issues on their own.

The economic benefits of education can be experienced on a personal and communal level. Those with more education qualify themselves for better paying jobs, and therefore contribute to the economy. They are also more likely to give back to their communities.

Societal benefits of the education system can be seen in greater leadership and guidance in societal structures like local town councils. The literate and educated community leader can better advocate on behalf of her community.

Once children’s basic needs for clean water and are addressed they miss less days of school due to illness, and have a better chance of experiencing all the benefits that education brings.

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