Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala

Registered charity
(+1) 541 244-1085

We are a secular organization with 501(3) status in the United States that works with a legal partner in Guatemala, "Fundacion Par el Desarrollo Comunal" de Huetenenango. We achieve our mission primarily through the management of two quality sustainable schools, teaching aid to outlying villages, an educational farm, and multi-village agricultural training programs.

Girls, Indigenous peoples, Youth
Education, Youth, Children at risk, Family, Agriculture, Leadership/Capacitation
Huehuetenango (Santa Cruz Barillas)

Organizational contacts & locations

Frances Dixon
Maya Jaguar, 
Santa Cruz Barillas, 

Mission, vision & values


The mission of Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala is to promote social justice through educational equality for indigenous children in northwest Guatemala.


Our vision is to double our current transformative educational opportunities for indigenous children ages four to 22.

We value respect for the Mayan culture, ethical integrity, and innovation.

Products, services, and programs


We offer Middle and High School programs, "early literacy" programs, family organic gardening programs.

Organizational detail

Number of employees: 
Private donations
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

Our focus on education is the result of research and evidence from 30 years experience in the region.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

To date we have impacted an estimated 3,000 people.

Impact measuring

We undertake surveys at time of initiation and upon completion of the project in order to measure our impact.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure
Organizational adaptation details

Size and/or structure

Our size has expanded, we are serving more people, we have more employees. Our structure has changed with the introduction of educational staff.

Key offerings

We now offer intercultural bilingual literacy, ages 4 – 13. Key offerings are education ages 4 – 20. 80% of are offering are educational. Agricultural
programs are estimated at 20% of total of our offerings. 

Short term objectives


Expansion of literacy programs, village family gardens, Covid-19 food relief.


Quality bilingual teachers are employed, interactive educational materials and equipment are supplied for all educational programs. Only non-hybrid seeds are used in gardening of organic vegetables so that seed-saving can take place for future crops.


Education and new long-term food sources for 500 additional individuals.

Long term objectives

Growth and Quality

Triple the enrolment of middle school and high school when covid-19 restrictions are lifted, double the reach of the literacy program, expand our agricultural training when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.


Educational services and long-term food sources for an estimated additional 2,000 individuals.