We are passionate about education and believe it's one of the integral keys in helping to break the cycle of poverty. Through God's provision, Project For Hope launched our Education Center for the women and kids in our program. Classes started in January and things are going very well! Late last year we received some very generous donations and were able to get the center up and running - computers, desks, furniture, roof repairs, painting, etc.
In the mornings the families come in together. Moms go to work and the kids go to school. They meet up again at lunch time and after, the moms go to school and the kids have activities in the afternoons like PE, bible lessons and art. Some of our ladies are starting or continuing their elementary education and some are working on middle school. Last year all schooling was off-site so it's great to have everyone together in one place. This gives us as much time we need to pour into their lives.
Our verse for the center is Philippians 3:14 " I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Inside each classroom is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Getting their education will not come easy for any of these ladies and kids. So each day when they come in, they'll need to be reminded that anything is possible and they can do it!
Carl and Lisa are the Directors of the center and work with the kids and teachers. Janet and Isabel were with us last year. Janet is the preschool and art teacher and Isabel is in charge of the curriculum as well as teaches the 4th - 6th grade group. Lesly teachers the Kindergarten - 3rd grade group and the moms in the afternoons. Her dad is the pastor of a local church here in Magdalena and she is going to university on the weekends. Elizabeth teaches the middle school group and some afternoon activities. Many of you know our friends Cesar and Andrea. Elizabeth is their oldest daughter. She just began studying the university this past weekend. These girls are super creative and made all the teaching aids that are on the walls in their classrooms. We are blessed to have a great team of teachers!
Last year the kids attended a local private school. It's been on our hearts since before the beginning to have them educated here where we can pour God's love into them, encourage them and do all we can to help them succeed. We've only been at a few weeks and almost immediately, we've seen the impact this environment has had on their attitudes and ability to learn and do well. One girl in particular, Glendy, did not do well last year and we anticipated this year being a struggle because she honestly does not want to be in school. So far, she is working hard, doing great academically, and enjoying school!
As always, it's a privilege to be part of all God is doing here at Project for Hope. Check out some pictures in the gallery below.