“La Pedrera” – FACTS

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La Pedrera Community Project in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala started in 1995 with 13 children. This year,  the program will start offering scholarships to students  to attend La Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. This is a big step forward because parents are asking for higher education scholarships to the project. We are hoping that in five years the first students will be graduating. The program will start in 2013.

Opened:Project La Pedrera began in 1995 with 13 students.
Graduates:19 students (5 girls and 11 boys) have graduated the program since 2006.
  • 40 children are currently enrolled in the program (27 girls and 21 boys)
  • 27 of them are in elementary schools (12 girls and 15 boys)
  • 16 teens are enrolled in middle school (11 girls and 5 boys)
  • 6 are at the high school level (3  girls and 3 boys)
Cost:Participation in the program costs $250.00 per student. The fee covers: 






  • Registration
  • Supplies– text books, note books, pencils, etc.
  • Uniform for school and for sports
  • Two pairs of shoes—one pair for sports and the one for daily use
  • Donations that schools ask during the school year
  • Medical care
Waiting List:The program provides support with homework to 60 students who are waiting for sponsorship and admittance into the program.
Administration:Casa Xelaju administers the program. All administrative costs are paid out of the Casa Xelaju budget, including: 






  • Building maintenance
  • Utilities—electricity and water
  • Internet connection to the new computer lab