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In the hopes of decreasing the number of unaccompanied minors detained at the U.S. border, two Charlottesville nonprofits are working to build schools in Guatemala.
Since 2001, the Ixtatán Foundation, with help from the Building Goodness Foundation, has been focusing on the root cause for this immigration stream, coming primarily from impoverished mountainous Mayan communities in the Central American country.
A growing percentage of unaccompanied minors between the ages of 13 and 17 have been leaving the country to seek opportunity in the United States. In 2016, 49 percent of minor migrants came from Guatemala, according to a release from the Inter-America Preferential Option Commission.