Why Girls?

Learn why educating girls in Guatemala

is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty.


Meet the Girls

Meet some of the brilliant, radiant, resplendent girls

that YOU are helping.

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Girls in Need of Scholarships
Girls Sponsored Since 2003
Girls in Need of Scholarships This Year

Why sponsor a girl through the Thousand Girls Initiative?

The Thousand Girls Initiative is the brainchild of nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd). We need YOUR help to educate 1,000 girls in rural Guatemala by 2020. One person alone can make a ripple, but together we can create a tidal wave of positive change. As more and more girls graduate from high school through our Scholarship and Youth Development Program, they will make sure their younger siblings and their own future children get an education too. This entire generation of educated women will lead the way to a brighter future for all of Guatemala.

Keeping Girls in School

Trained staff, parents, mentors, a peer community, and a counselor help girls resist pressures to drop out of school.

Developing Leaders

Workshops, field trips, and community service projects empower girls to imagine—and achieve—brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

Building on Success

15+ years of experience providing scholarships and youth development activities in Guatemala means it’s time to take our proven program to the next level.

  • Matt Berninger, The National

    “Doesn’t having more smart girls in the world sound like a really good idea?”

  • Malala Yousafzai

    “In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond.”


    “Educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world.”