Dominican Sisters’ Guatemala Mission School
The Dominican Sisters of Houston began ministering to the poor in Guatemala in 1966. In 1984 we began our sponsorship of San Vicente de Paul Bethania School in Guatemala City. San Vicente serves 550 children from pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade and is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Guatemala City. The Bethania neighborhood is plagued with drugs and violence, but against tremendous odds, the children at our school continue to succeed.
The goal of San Vicente is to provide a good Catholic education to the children and to ensure that they graduate. The children learn that education is their opportunity to end living in poverty and learn the values of love, peace, and justice to prepare them for future leadership. The school provides the poorest families with food, clothing, medical and dental care and provides breakfast for these children.
The school’s success is measurable! At San Vicente, over ninety percent of our students graduate as compared to thirty percent of students at other schools in the neighborhood. And ninety percent of graduates attend high school and continue their education.
You need only to walk down the halls of San Vicente to know it is a warm and loving place. School families are so very grateful for the opportunity to send their children to this school where no one goes hungry and where every child is loved and encouraged to learn.
The vast majority of families cannot pay the school’s tuition, but they pay what they can. Therefore, the Dominican Sisters rely on the generosity of others to help ensure that San Vicente will continue to educate these precious children spiritually and academically so that they may better their lives and those of their family.
For more information about our Guatemala mission, contact Laura Henderson at 713-440-3707 or email@example.com.