Starfish is a non-governmental organization in Guatemala that works with young women from low-income, indigenous communities who have the talent and desire to succeed but lack access to opportunity. While in Panajachel, Sololá, I met Candelaria, a young indigenous girl whose dream is to become an English professor. She is a recent gradate of the Starfish program and through their endless support has become the first person in her family to receive a formal education despite the many cultural obstacles.
Much like in other parts of the world, indigenous communities in Guatemala suffer from discrimination, marginalization, extreme poverty and conflict, and women and girls often experience the worst of it. That’s why organizations such as Starfish are critical.