Empower Her Through Education

Guiding Stars – Help Girls Find Their Way

Millions of girls are out of school in the developing world. Violence, hunger, child marriage, or simply the belief that girls aren’t worth teaching are barriers that keep them from getting an education.

CARE is helping communities and girls break down these barriers, and we are partnering with the Alba Botanica®, Avalon Organics® and JASÖN® brands to do it.

Together we are unlocking girls potential, advocating for their rights, and standing with mothers and communities to help shape brighter futures.

To highlight our commitment, we have started the Qach’Umilal program in the community of Chirijcalbal, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Qach’Umilal (which means Guiding Star in the indigenous language of K’iche) is an afterschool program where girls spend time together with mentors and teachers, learning leadership skills and building their self-esteem through group activities, songs and discussions. 

Our belief is that with a little help, these girls will find their way to a brighter future. And you can help. Donate to support this program today.

LS: Hain Isabela

Isabela, 12

Sister, Daughter, Weaver and Dreamer

LS: Hain Manuela

Manuela, 13

Future Teacher and Independent Thinker

LS: Hain Pascuala

Pascuala, 12

Loving Daughter, Artist, Role Model

LS: Hain Susy


Dedicated Teacher, Mentor and Community Champion

Share These Stats

Get the facts, spread the word.

#KeepGirlsinthePictureMost of the world’s 57mill out-of-school children are girls. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePictureMarried Today: 39k girls under age 18. #endchildmarriage #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture66mill children in poor countries go to school hungry. #endhunger #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture28% of girls in the world’s poorest countries are child laborers. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture20 million girls in war zones don’t go to school. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePictureChildren of literate mothers have a 50% greater chance of living past age 5. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePictureEvery year of school can increase a girl’s future income by 10%. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture61% of the 123 million children who have trouble reading are girls. #StealTheseStats @CARE


Hain Celestial gave $25,000 to uplift girls in rural Guatemala. Let’s double the impact - we need your help!

Take Action

Chronically malnourished children face serious lifelong negative consequences in learning: reduced mental capacity, lower retention in school and reduced lifetime earnings. Take action today to help hungry children succeed in school, by supporting the bi-partisan Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567 and S. 1252).


In eight communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, amazing changes are underway.

A Chance to Express Themselves Through Art

In October 2015, Hain Celestial and CARE hosted an art contest for the girls in the eight area primary schools. Nearly 200 girls participated.

Turn Dollars Into Change

A little money makes a big impact. Donate now, and spread the word.

Turn Dollars into Change

$21 = 1 school kit with a bag, notebooks, pencils and hygiene items. @care

Turn Dollars into Change

$44 = 1 year of school for a girl. @CARE

Turn Dollars into Change

$75 = 1 year of drinking water & sanitation for 25 students. @care

Turn Dollars into Change

$155 = 1 preschool teacher's salary. @CARE