Visit to the Adult Literacy Program, November 29, 2013
The small community is in an idyllic location. We first went to Vicky's house. She originally proposed the program, is herself a scholarship recipient, and also runs the Children's Program in Ocosingo. Banana and peach trees and lush foliage surround her house, somewhat disguising the poverty. The municipality of Chanal, where the community is located, is one of 28 municipalities in Chiapas designated as "extreme poverty."
The women in the program, about 15 of them, were waiting to talk with me.
|Profe Martín (center)|
Four others are within 2 modules of achieving their primary certificates.
Josefina: "I want to be able to help my children with their studies."
María: ¨Before, with my kids, I had no time. But now I can study."
Candalaria: "As an adult, I have many obligations in the house. But
with this program I can progress at my own rate."
The program started with 27 students, both women and men.All continued until the unavoidable one semester break in the spring of 2013, due to the government materials being unavailable. 25 returned to the program as of August, 2013. Four new students have joined, bringing the total up to 29.
And, Mujeres' Supporters, read this last comment to have an idea of your impact.
Josefina: "Thank you for visiting and for all the support you have given us. This is the first time anyone has paid attention to education for adults in this community, and especially to education for women."
It was such a privilege to have visited these women. I am so grateful ... to them, to the Mujeres' Board, and to all of you. It is the best holiday gift I could have possibly received.