There are over 210 million people in Latin America living below the poverty line. More than 35 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write. Many children are removed from school at young ages so that they can start supporting their families.
The GAAP recognizes the critical links between education, poverty, and human and animal health, and the need to address all three in the struggle to secure future livelihoods and elevate families from the throes of illiteracy, unsustainable living and illness.Guillermo Perez, Program Director
Basic education is a critical component of a community’s development. The potential of the entire community is significantly reduced when a large majority of residents are not educated to a basic level. In a time of increasing change, the ability to creatively adapt to new climates and situations is becoming a survival skill. Many remote communities lack the skill sets required to carry projects and management plans forward. As we recognize that knowledge is power, we work with marginalized, remote, and often indigenous communities to support equal access and project-related education for both children and adults.
Family Sponsorship Program
As we understand the importance of education on the general development of communities, each year we sponsor two families who have been forced to remove their children from the school system. We cover the families’ expenses to send their children back to school for the year.
Adult & Childhood Education
We work with children and families to help them understand the importance of responsible animal ownership such as preventive care, regular vaccinations, and deworming of their animals to protect their own health and local environments. We have school programs and community days for children that focus on personal hygiene, health, and safety and environmental awareness. We develop fun and culturally-relevant education materials and activities for adults and children to help them understand the issues their community faces. We follow educational campaigns with studies on retention and knowledge gained.