Meet Eliu. This is his home, that he shares with his mother, sisters, and brothers. His mother works hard selling whatever she can in the local market, but it is not enough to make ends meet. School isn’t required in Guatemala, and there is no such thing as government assistance for the poor. Without help from an outside source, children like Eliu are left home alone all day while Mom works, fending for themselves in the city dump, or wherever they can find food to eat or something of value to sell. They are at high risk of drug and alcohol abuse, sex trafficking, gangs and gang violence, robbery and other street crimes. An education is their only chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and addiction. Many of the parents in this area turn to alcohol to ease the pain of poverty, which puts the majority of these children at high risk of abuse. Once you see their lives first hand it’s hard to ignore their plight, especially those of us born into such extravagance as running water and parents that love us.