“La Escuela Publica Patricio Atkinson / Patrick Atkinson Public Elementary School” was founded in Guatemala’s extremely poor sugar cane coastal district. Originally designed to encourage the education of children and young teens who were being denied an education so they could cut sugar cane for wealthy landowners, the Escuela Publica Patricio Atkinson migrated into also including and educating the sons and daughters of the region’s prostitutes who catered to the sugar cutters.

Although prostitution is legal in Guatemala, the sons and daughters of the region’s prostitutes rarely attended classes since they were often bullied, and frequently physically and sexually assaulted, by the other students. Every effort is made to make these children feel safe, secure, motivated, and academically challenged at the Escuela Publica Patricio Atkinson elementary school. Where before they had no outlet for an education, today most go on to attend and graduate from high school.

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