Their Education, Our Future
Project M:25 is located in San Fernando, a small rural community, where going to college is not usually part of the plan. After finishing high school, most kids will get a job collecting money on buses, or will start a family. Without a college degree, most young people in Ecuador will find a job that will pay them as little as $5 per day, which is roughly $150 a month. Ecuador’s labor market favors those who have a university degree and pays little to those who are considered non-certified.
We have found that the opportunity to get good paid-jobs and break the cycle of poverty is sometimes out of their radar because of parents’ mentality and financial situation. Parents force kids to get a job because education is too expensive to attend college and they cannot afford it. Most parents in the community did not complete elementary school and have day-jobs that do not provide enough to support their families.
Three years ago, Teens Club was born as a program for children who completed Kids Club and we wanted them to continue on their journey with Project M:25. It is a mentoring and spiritual program that support adolescents and their identity formation process by providing them with tools to think of their future with great opportunities to strive and success.
This year, Deisy, Pakarina, and Karen finished high school and are ready to take on the world. It has not been easy for them, but they have received constant guidance from Keren and Estalin, Project M:25 staff and spiritual coordinators. They have also been encouraged by their Amigos, sponsors like you, who have faithfully committed to transform their lives.
Deysi has been attending Project M:25 for 8 years. She dreams of joining the army and has worked very hard for this. We just learned that she passed all the tests so she will be joining the army in the fall. Pakarina has been with us for 10 years. She is the oldest of 6 siblings and dreams of becoming a lawyer and helping others in need. She is currently working until she finds an opportunity to study and fulfill her dreams. Karen has been attending Project M:25 for 10 years. She dreams of seeing the world, so she wants to study tourism or become a flight attendant.
Thanks to your continuos support, these young ladies are finishing the first to breaking the poverty cycle, and dream of a better future. Thanks to you, these three young ladies are ready to make their dreams come true. These young ladies are examples of perseverance for their family and community. Their education, is our future.