At Casa Shalom, we value the education of our children very highly! They are given every opportunity to succeed beginning in pre-K, and continuing through elementary school, high school and eventually, college. This October, the end of the Guatemalan school year, the orphanage had 1 high school graduate: Enma, 17. She has successfully completed high school, and in January, will begin studying for a tourism degree, a popular choice in Guatemala due to the great number of tourists that visit Guatemala each year from around the world. At Casa Shalom, each young person is given a choice to continue studying after college, even though our legal responsibility for them ends at 18.
They have the freedom to choose whatever career path interests them. We believe that by providing them a trade school or college education, we can break the cycle of poverty end their lives. Enma with be the sixth Casa Shalom kid who is currently studying for an advanced degree - other young adults at the orphanage studying business and marketing, computer engineering, accounting, mechanical engineering, and more!