Although the Bolivian state provides the venue and teachers, poor families find it impossible to provide the materials, books and uniforms required by the schools, leaving poor children open to discrimination within the educational system. For post-secondary training, the situation is even more difficult for girls as boys will be favored to receive any few resources the family may have. Girls who drop out of school are at risk for early pregnancy, alcohol abuse, trafficking or homelessness.
Your donation will provide the school supplies, educational fees, lunches, transportation expenses and health care to allow 19 girls to finish high school and 12 young women to have the resources necessary to pursue post-secondary training. The Helping Hands Project also provides counseling, academic support and orientation in life skills through monthly meetings and talks given by community experts. This fosters self-confidence in the girls and solidarity within their community.
The Project will educate 31 girls and young women empowering them to be economically independent and able to provide for their families' health and well-being. As mothers, educated girls raise healthier, better educated children and have the capacity to contribute with their skills to their local community. To break the cycle of poverty our girls must be given equal opportunities for health care and education.
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