Shaping rural education so children learn close to home

20 million children in Latin America will complete primary school or drop out without learning how to read

Children in remote villages face daunting odds just to get a basic education. They attend single-room schools with mud floors, often mixed in with students from other grades. Undertrained teachers lack basic supplies like books and pencils. Eventually, parents lose hope, learning is not achieved, and children quit school. Youth take informal sector jobs with no future. Unable to survive on $1/day, many migrate north in search of livelihoods.

Through holistic support, students are able to stay and succeed in school as motivated learners belonging to strong communities.

Project Alianza matches students with a community educator from their village who provides literacy instruction and mentorship. Secondary school girls’ families receive support to help cover educational costs, as well as ongoing coaching to navigate hardships and set goals.

Local women lead change 

Alianza upskills women in each village as educators to improve learning and prevent dropouts.

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134 K+

Students impacted


Girls in secondary school on track to graduate 
the regional average is 55%


Fourth graders achieve literacy
*the regional average is 40-60%
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Sachary is transforming her community

Sachary was pregnant at 15 and unable to attend school. Today, she is a university graduate, a community educator, and an inspiration to countless young girls who started out just like her.
Read Sachary's Journey with Alianza
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