Hello friends and supporters!
I just want to let you know that our teacher trainings are under way! We started nearly one month ago, and we are working with 13 women. They have all shown tremendous dedication to and excitement about the project. The trainings take place in a school near our office. The school is letting us use two rooms: one for the trainings, and one for the free babysitting we provide for the women's children. (The school isn't charging us rent, but they have asked for a donation of soccer jerseys at the end of the program. Oh, how we love the Peruvian barter system...so if anyone has any soccer jerseys, let us know!) We have three babysitters for the children, and the moms get staple foods every two weeks to help them provide for their families while in the trainings.
One participant, Yesica, is a great example of how motivated rural women are when given an opportunity to make a better life for themselves. Yesica is 25 years old. She has a 1.5-year-old daughter. Her husband works as a migrant laborer in the jungle. This can be dangerous work and he is gone for long periods. Yesica lives in the home of her mother-in-law, on their fields far outside their small community. To get to the trainings every day, Yesica walks with her daughter for 40 minutes and then takes the bus into town. With all this travel, Yesica is still one of the most punctual and hardworking students. Even last week when her daughter was sick, Yesica didn't miss class. Instead, the babysitters (and Awamaki's programs coordinator!) did their best to take care of the baby so Yesica could attend the lesson. Luckily, the babysitting room is right next to the training classroom, so Yesica could be there if her daughter needed her. Now, her daughter is healthy again and Yesica continues to focus on her studies. We know that her hard work will pay off and she'll make a great Spanish teacher!
You can see a picture of Yesica and another of the class in the photos uploaded with this report.
Thank you again for your support and for making it possible for us to help women like Yesica lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the project! And have a happy holiday!