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In Guatemala, education is a luxury. If a family can “afford” to send a child to school, it is a boy. IMA is changing that sad fact and is rescuing little girls from crime (including stealing, drugs, and prostitution) and sending them to school—setting them on a radically new course and a chance at a real life. Watch this video to learn more and consider how you can help.
 IMA Mission

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Our Mission



Mission Statement: IMA is dedicated to empowering impoverished girls in Guatemala to achieve their full potential. Our nonprofit Christian organization transforms lives thru educational, spiritual and physical development.

Changing Guatemala One Girl at a Time

IMA’s mission is to solve the problems facing women and girls in Guatemala through education and mentoring. No populace set in this hemisphere faces greater hurdles than women and girls in Guatemala, and the only solution is education. Girls face violence, exploitation, and exclusion in a cycle of repression that perpetuates many of the societal afflictions that plague their country. IMA’s solution is to create a learning environment where girl’s health is maintained, their nutrition is supervised, and they are provided a first world education in tandem with tangible skills that enable them to be contributing members of society.


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Core Values

Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow: Self Worth, Responsibility, Service
 

Self Worth

IMA believes that an important component to fixing the problems and challenges women in Guatemala face and creating societal wide change is through the empowerment of the individual to impact their community. IMA’s curriculum is a combination of liberal arts education with real, applicable life skills and an emphasis on hard-work, critical thinking, entrepreneurial ambition and self belief. By doing so, IMA produces pupils that see opportunity for growth and posses the skills and knowledge to realize their dreams. IMA is a force of societal improvement by giving girls and women the confidence that they are intrinsically worthy of a verdant and thriving life.

Responsibility

An education is a responsibility, and in a society that often devalues the need of an educated feminine populace the promotion of education is an added responsibility. IMA inculcates the value of bringing home an education.  We want our students to understand that with knowledge comes the responsibility to impart knowledge, and with skill follows the responsibility to mentor skill. Through this missionary ideology IMA knows its graduates will be important forces in the overall growth of Guatemalan society and the improvement in the lives of girls and women. Whether it is passing on reproductive health knowledge to others or founding a business that employs fellow women, IMA teaches its girls to be teachers themselves.

Service

IMA was founded and is sustained by the desire to give back to the community and enrich the lives of others. In this spirit IMA preaches the need and intrinsic value of serving the community. It is especially important for girls and young women to see their education as one step in the lifelong process of becoming the best person one can be, and an important aspect of this is imparting the education and knowledge gained to those who would benefit the most from this passage of knowledge. Because IMA is creating the leaders of tomorrow, the requirement for service to society is as important an aspect of education as arithmetic and literature.  By sending service oriented graduates with high degrees of skill and knowledge into society, IMA improves the lives of those who may not have the fortune to enter its campus.

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What We Do


IMA More than an Education, The Center for Girl’s and Women’s Health
IMA is a school for girls from pre-K-9th grade, and maintains scholarships for graduates who move on to higher education. But IMA is more than a school, it is a center for family health services, reproductive health and training, and a provider of trade skills and the enrichment of girls and mothers. IMA provides each of its students with nutritious meals and health services, but it also provides the educational underpinnings for students and family members to sustain a healthy lifestyle and to employ good practices for family and reproductive health. IMA knows that educating one family member is a tangential approach to educating a family, and by promoting the need for education and its value, and widening the circle of education to the mothers of students, IMA can help alleviate the burdens facing women and girls and introduce options and avenues where there were none.

Academic standards are rigorous. Each student must complete and pass the Guatemalan State test for each grade level before matriculation, and the curriculum adheres to standards of math, science, history, Spanish, comprehension and composition. What sets IMA apart from its public school peers are courses in English, computer training, and arts and music.  

The educational standards set forth by IMA are far more demanding than its public school counterparts. This has been manifest in the inability for transfer students to integrate when coming from public schools; they have not been prepared and are unable to sustain the minimum standards of achievement IMA demands. IMA stopped allowing transfer students past third grade when it became apparent they were failing at universal rates.


IMA has also offered students weekly baking classes, which annually certifies them in specific methods of baking. What they learn in purchasing, making and selling their produce teaches them money management and budgeting which is invaluable for the future. It is IMA's regular stream of volunteers, however, that really provide its girls with eye-opening educational opportunities. Many visitors provide various short courses throughout the year in sewing, arts, science, computer, and biblical studies. In exposing students to such a wide variety of skills, IMA hopes to instill a passion in each of its girls to which they can strive. 

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