Abraham ajiatas calel


  • Age: 60

  • Impresario Since: Jan. 2017

  • Project: Friendship Middle School / Escuela Kamawa'ik

  • Location: Momostenango, Guatemala


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 receive schooling otherwise unavailable. But the school is not without its fair share of hardships. Since Abraham doesn't receive 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!





What we consulted on:

  • Abraham started and runs a free secondary school for children
    without means that spans three separate classrooms across two levels.

  • Abraham teaches the full week but finds that he is unable to teach
    his 9th grade class when it rains due the heavy rains present for half
    the year.

  • Abraham is suffering financially as he doesn’t make money from the
    school. He doesn’t receive a salary and relies on selling wood and
    tutoring Spanish and K’iche’ to generate income. He often goes days
    without eating or consumes 4 tortillas for an entire day.

Your assistance:

  • Join us in fundraising towards $6,266 (USD).

  • Making an in-kind materials donation needed for the building (use the contact form below to contact the current Field Worker for the most up-to-date needs)

  • Provide donations below to assist Abraham with food so that he may
    have the energy to keep his school in operation. ($25 per month)

  • Interested in learning Spanish or K’iche’? Contact the field worker
    to setup low cost online language lessons with Abraham through Skype.  

Expected outcomes:

  • 9th grade classes will no longer be disrupted due to rain.

  • The space can once again be used year round for presentations as well as events.

  • The other two grades are no longer affected by the 9th grade moving into their classrooms.

  • Abraham is financially independent by having enough work as a language tutor.


Check out the roof plans below for details.

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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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