On November 7, 2012, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the state of San Marcos, causing considerable destruction and death in the town of San Pedro and its rural areas. Dozens of people were killed, hundreds hurt, and thousands made homeless. Our sister nonprofit in San Pedro, Mujeres Trabajan Unidas, suspended its normal work to be an important part of the relief effort. They focused on addressing the needs of the homeless in the villages where we work. Relief work continued for nearly two months, and only recently has the staff returned to its regular tasks.
Because of this tragedy, our current progress report is abbreviated. The office recently sent this data about Las Hermanitas, i.e., Girls Mentoring Girls.
1. 98% of the girls are completing the project, 2. 98% of the hermanitas finished second grade and plan to continue in school, 3. Many girls said they realized how much they loved to go to school, 4. The office distributed new books to the older girls to read with their hermanitas, 5. The older girls’ teachers gave high marks to the program for the work the teens were accomplishing as tutors, 6. Mothers of both sets of girls expressed their gratitude for the project and its positive impact on their daughters and on the community.