Ecuador’s Educational Centers
Our partners on the ground are working in four barrios (small communities), with a population of around 1,000 people in each barrio. These barrios are mostly populated by women and children. Their population consists of about 4 women to every one man, and the women typically have 4 – 5 children each. The families survive on less than $300 a month and that’s for a family of 5 – 10 people.
They are extremely poor, which lends to many social problems like crime, drugs, and prostitution. Crime is the norm; their crimes include theft and violence in the homes. The people turn to drugs to satisfy hunger and to earn a living by selling them. While women and young girls turn to prostitution to survive and earn a living. It is typical to see 40 – 60 year old men with 12 – 14 year old girls.
Our partners realized a few years ago that one of the main reasons for the cycle of poverty within the barrio’s, is the lack of education. They also, found the lack of understanding of the importance of education for their future. In addition, in recent years the Government passed a law forbidding companies from hiring individuals that haven’t earned at least a High School diploma.
Many of the youth are dropping out of school at an early age and some never even get started. Two of the main reasons they found are linked to their situation. One is it’s, a family cycle, their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents are all uneducated. So, if the child finds school hard and wants to drop out the parents say fine. The second reason and maybe the largest problem, is the cost of school. Though public education is free in Ecuador, the required books, supplies, and the uniforms are not. These could cost a parent as much as one month’s wage for each child, so if they don’t have the money the child or children drop out.
In response to this problem our partners launched a pilot program to test their idea of an Educational Center in one of the barrios they work. They wanted to see how the people would receive the center and if the center could have an effect on the people. So, far so good, after a few months they have seen a rise in the grades and the attitudes of the children and adults involved in the center.
THE PLAN is to raise the funds to be able to help our partners cover the monthly cost of an Education Center for over 100 students and adults.
There are two programs that will help solve the problem for many of the children of these barrios and both of them will be a part of the Educational Center.
The first is the youth before school and after school program. The Center will be open for in the morning for the children that have school in the afternoon and open in the afternoon for the children that have school in the morning, every day of the week. It will include; help with homework and tutoring by the on staff teachers, the purchasing books and supplies, the purchasing of school uniforms, and it will also include one meal each day. The meal is to give the children at least one good meal a day, to give them the nutrition and energy they need to get through a day.
The second program in the Center is the adult literacy program. This program will work with adults both young and old to teach them to read and write. As the adults get more education, this will help with the understanding of the importance of education for the children of the barrio.
The Center will also require the parents of the students that come to the Education Center have to come to a training session that is held once a month, this is where they will learn on the value of education and how to raise their children in a healthy way.
All funds donated will be used for overhead (internet, electric, supplies) and teacher salaries of the Center. It will also include; school supplies, books, public school uniforms, and a daily meal for each of the children in the program.
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With your help we can make this education center successful. All funds donated will be used for overhead (internet, electric, supplies) and teacher salaries of the center. It will also include; school supplies, books, public school uniforms, and a daily meal for each of the children in the program.