Backyard School Better Future Project

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Donation Total: $100.00

“Ten years ago the Backyard School project began with the aim of fulfilling a dream that was to improve the future of many impoverished families in our community. We started without supplies, without support from anyone in our country. We looked for support but it was impossible. A local family lent me a small, grassy field to meet with mothers. I saw much need for education, work, food, clothing and opportunities. The Backyard School Project involves not only mothers, but the whole family. The Better Future sewing and bed project is for abandoned mothers and the domestically abused. This project will give opportunities so more children have a better life. There are many mothers who can not give children healthy food because they do not have what it takes to feed them.  If people support “The Better Future” project they will change the future of many children.”

—  Iris Santander


Jennifer Demar, president of Guatemala Service Projects, met Iris and her family in 2015.  As part of a service team that year, Jennifer and her family donated a marimba to their musical education program, and general school supplies for the classroom.

Going forward, Guatemala Service Projects will be working with The Backyard School in more ways.  In fact, one of our projects for 2019 will be the donation of a 30-laptop computer lab at the Backyard School.  I bet we might get in a bed delivery or two as well!  😉

We’re happy to be a mechanism for families and individuals to channel support to The Backyard School Better Future Project.  As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we can provide a tax receipt for your donation!

And, if you could be so generous as to set up a monthly recurring donation, the Backyard School would be better able to manage their cash flow and commit to providing relief on a consistent basis!  Recurring donations can be made here.

If you have very deep pockets or have a connection to someone that is interested in a single large donation, Iris just made me aware of 20 families in her community that collectively have truly run out of options.  Hoping for a miracle, she is wanting to spend roughly $40,000 USD to buy a plot of land that can be used to build homes for these 20 families.  Please contact us if you are able to help in this way!

This photo shows the families that would collectively be helped with this large donation.  Thank you!