Back to School 2023: Empowering Sarah and Ecuadorian Children to Break the Chains of Poverty
The lives of Ecuadorian children living in poverty is heart-wrenching. Despite their young age, they have already experienced struggles that most of us can only begin to imagine. Many of these children live in poor housing conditions and often go to bed hungry. They lack access to basic necessities such as clean water, adequate shelter, and education. Yet, despite these circumstances, there is still hope. According to statistics, 1 out 3 children in Ecuador do not continue with their education because of the family’s financial situation. Families will spend as much as half of their income to send their kids to school, leaving them with no food. Unfortunately, many children do not continue with their education. For low-income families, life becomes a constant uphill battle. They face challenges that many of us can’t even begin to imagine, from struggling to pay for the most basic necessities to fighting for their children’s education and health.
At just eight years old, Sarah dreams of becoming a police officer and making a difference in her community. However, her path to education is obstructed by the harsh reality of poverty. Like many children in Ecuador, due to financial constraints, Sarah faces significant obstacles in pursuing her education. Abandoned by her dad due to a series of family issues, Sarah and her mother face the challenges of everyday life on their own. Yet, despite these hardships, Sarah spirit remains unbroken.
Sarah already understands the hardships that poverty brings. Raised by her single mother, she knows firsthand the sacrifices she makes to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Unfortunately, providing for her education is an immense struggle, as they can barely afford the basic necessities, let alone school supplies. Scarlet, with a deep passion for math and dreams of becoming a police officer, faces an uncertain future as the upcoming school year hangs in the balance.
Every child deserves a chance to succeed. For children in Ecuador, education is that chance. The benefits of education go far beyond the textbooks and classrooms. It provides hope and opportunity for a brighter future. Education gives students the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their dreams, and break cycles of poverty. It can empower them to become leaders of change. Whether it’s learning to read and write, or pursuing higher education, each step they take towards their education is a step towards a better tomorrow.
Back To School offers the opportunity for children to have a one-day celebration filled with enriching activities such as games, health checkups, haircuts, nutritious food, and topped with the delivery of hundreds of backpacks full of school supplies that will help children to start the new school year with all the resources needed to thrive. Thanks to your partnership, Scarleth will see the power of hope in action. Your partnership will show Scarleth that someone out there is showing God’s love and support to others, fostering resilience and determination. You can help Scarleth thrive and gain knowledge, skills, and a renewed belief in her own potential.