Abraham ajiatas calel


At a Glance:

  • Age: 60
  • Impresario Since: Jan. 2017
  • Project: Friendship Middle School / Escuela Kamawa'ik
  • Location: Momostenango, Guatemala

Abraham's Story:

Abraham Ajiatas Calel was born into a traditional Mayan family in the mountainous region of Totonicopan. From an early age he was told by his father that the Mayan people were only expected to work the land with their hands and that education was not for them. Not deterred, Abraham eventually managed to recieve a high school diploma, courtesy of a local pharmacy owner.

He went to college in the nearby city of Xela and eventually obtained his teaching license. Remembering the kindness bestowed on him by the pharmacy owner, he decided to open a school in Momostenango: Friendship Middle School. But this would be no ordinary school.

Unlike all other schools in the area, his is completely free and affords poor children the chance to recieve schooling otherwise unavailable. But the school is not without its fair share of hardships. Since Abraham doesn't recieve money from the children, he has sold all his family land, furniture, and most all the teaching or learning items in the school. All this just to stay open a while longer.

FTF is now in the process of helping Abraham with his most critical needs: a leaking roof and a sustainable source of income. Look below for more details!


Essential Next Steps

  • Roof repair - $2000
  • Obtain School supplies - $1000
    • Want to help? Donate here
    • Or send school supplies from wherever you are to here to help Abraham.
    • Or run a fundraiser on Facebook for Abraham.
  • Assistance w/ ideas to become sustainable.
    • Want to help? Donate your time to help Abraham plan
    • Or help us find Abraham a sister school that can take trips to see his amazing work
    • Or suggest a partner institution for Abraham
  • Join a Keipi Journey!

*For all ideas our suggestions, please fill out the form below and the appropriate field worker will get in touch with you.

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Story History and Future

  1. We meet Abraham over a cup of coffee and a Spanish lesson in Momostenango, Guatemala.
  2. FTF helps Abraham teach English at his school once a week for the school year.
  3. Countless meals, Spanish classes, and talks, we start discussing his school and the future of the children there.
  4. Our first Keipi Journey. Abraham and his family joined all of us for an amazing dinner with all of our Keipi Journey crew!
  5. We have our first Ideation Session to figure out what the school needs to succeed.
  6. Fundraising of $2,000 begins to replace the school roof, which is badly in need of repair.
  7. 1st major donation made to Abraham's School by Stefanie Eerdahl!
  8. Roof is repaired and children can attend classes during the rainy season and stay dry.
  9. Further talks to drill down on what it's going to take for the school to become self-sustaining.

Get Involved Directly

Think you can help with one of the ongoing project goals?  Use this form to contact the field worker currently collaborating on this project and get in touch! 

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