The village is located in the Municipality of Santa Eulalia, of the Department of Huehuetenango, in Guatemala. Huehuetenango is the second biggest department/state in the country and has some of the poorest citizens in the rural area. Cocola Grande is located approximately 18 hours driving distance from Guatemala City.
This community, aware of the gap that the lack of education creates and in the effort to close this gap for the current and future generations, in 2012, parents got once again organized and started the work in establishing the equivalent of middle school. The closest middle school was approximately 5 hrs walking distance from the village.
Can only attend up to sixth grade, because they only have one elementary school. The next level of school was 5 hrs walking distance. Moreover, the families are not in a financial position that would allow them send their kids to school to other towns to continue their education.
After three years of legal procedures to request a middle school, the community got the sponsorship and support of XumaK, a private Company, and initiated their middle school "Instituto de Estudios Básicos".
From the first year of the school functioning to now, the students have kept a grade point average higher than 82. Their commitment in studying and taking advantage of the opportunity they had is a testament of the Guatemalan youth.
This same year, the community started to make the necessary arrangements to receive accreditation from the Instituto Nacional de Estudios de Diversificado, INED for a High School. In 2018, thanks to the continuous support of XumaK, the high school started to function with 8 students enrolled. The community is working to expand and recruit more students from surrounding villages.
This year the community started to make the necessary arrangements to receive accreditation from the Instituto Nacional de Estudios de Diversificado, INED for a High School. Thanks to the continuous support of XumaK, the high school started to function with 9 students enrolled, who are studying the career: expert in local development. The community is working to expand and recruit more students from surrounding villages.
We want to support the current high school in the community of Cocolá Grande. The condition of the approval to open this High School given by the Minister of Education in Guatemala was to cover the salary of teachers for up to two years, before the institution covers them. Furthermore, we seek to repair and expand the current school facility, given that we are still using the same building built for the elementary school to serve the middle and high school students of this village and its surrounding communities.
In the map shown below, the location of the eight neighboring communities of the Village of Cocolá Grande that will also be benefited by the implementation of these educational projects, is shown.