IAADFS gives back to EDELAC: School of the Street

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Nearly 60 people participated in the IAADFS 3K Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC).

The nearly 60 attendees who participated in the inaugural IAADFS 3K Fun Run/Walk were able to enjoy the friendly competition of the event and change the lives of school children half a world away at the same time.

“This is the first year we’ve done a charity fun run/walk, and I have to say it was very successful,” said Michael Payne, IAADFS executive director. “The attendance exceeded our expectations, and we look forward to donating a substantial sum to the EDELAC school. Based on the feedback I’ve received from some participants, they’re already looking forward to next year.”

Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC), which translates to School of the Street, was founded in the mid-1990s to help child laborers in the central park of Quetzaltenango (Xela for short), Guatemala, providing educational assistance, medical attention, and resolution of the family issues that led them to the streets in the first place.

EDELAC soon rented a house and began caring for some of these children full-time, and later built and expanded on a new home. The school serves more than 150 students, and like the home, is funded by the profits of Quetzaltrekkers, a guided trekking business that was also launched by the founder of EDELAC, Guadalupe Pos.

IAADFS is pleased to be donating $10,000 to Escuela de la Calle after a successful Fun/Run Walk.