chapter  3
Starfish One by One: Education for young women in Guatemala
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Starfi sh One by One is a small, and relatively young, nonprofi t organization dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the education of rural Mayan girls in Guatemala (see Photo 3.1 ) by enhancing the educational opportunities as well as the spiritual and emotional well-being of children and their families (Starfi sh One by One 2010). Starfi sh One by One awards scholarships to high-achieving girls in the sixth grade who would otherwise not be able to continue their studies due to fi nancial and cultural obstacles. They partner with each girl’s parents, mentors, and other organizations in creating support groups for mostly female students. These young women will become the agents of change for their families and their communities.