Roots & Wings International creates educational opportunities to promote development as defined by local communities. Our work is rooted in recognizing the importance of culturally responsive education that empowers students to connect their cultural identity with sustainable social and economic development.
Roots & Wings Intl began its work in 2004 when its founder, Erik Swanson, who was then a director of a junior and senior high school in rural Guatemala, offered his students full-tuition scholarships if they went on to study at a local university. From this promise, the Roots & Wings International Scholarship Program was born.
Roots & Wings Intl currently serves a dozen villages around Pasac in Nahualá, Sololá, about 3 and half hours from Guatemala City. We work with indigenous youth whose families earn $2 per day growing coffee.
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