That’s Right: We Built a School!

Last summer, we announced an incredible partnership with Pencils of Promise to build a school in Guatemala.

This great non-profit has built 105 schools to date in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana to provide access to quality education and we were excited to support and help with that mission. During the entire month of August, all purchases made in the Birchbox Shop went directly to this endeavor with the goal of raising $25,000—the amount it takes to build an entire school.

And guess what? We did it!

old classroom

new classroom construction

new classroom

We were able to raise enough funds to break ground on October 2 in Pasebeyena—a village in the Boca Costa region of southwestern Guatemala. Prior to the build, classes took place in the school’s kitchen or two temporary structures that were often disrupted by flooding during the rainy season, as well as the occasional unfriendly snake.

To find out how you can help to make sure kids everywhere have access to a quality education, visit Pencils of Promise.

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