At 13, she is the youngest of 7 siblings and studies at our Girlstown in Tegucigalpa. Her father is a construction worker but, because there are not always jobs available, her brothers farm to ensure they have enough to eat. Although neither of her parents finished primary school, they dreamed of their children having that opportunity.
She used to travel 45 minutes every day to get to school. Even though her family could not afford school supplies, books, and uniforms, Eva participated in competitions to win the items she needed. When she heard about Girlstown, she and her entire family knew it was the perfect opportunity for her and she was admitted in 2014. While she was sad to leave her family, Eva is happy for the opportunity and is thriving. Recently, she won second place in a math competition between several schools in Tegucigalpa. She says, “I offer all these achievements and my effort in studying to my parents, to the Sisters, and of course to all the generous benefactors of Girlstown. I thank the Lord for all the opportunities I am receiving here. In the future I wish to become a teacher in order to share my knowledge with others”.
Rural populations are severely dependent upon agriculture in Honduras and in other developing countries. Natural disasters – heavy rain, drought, and hurricanes – often destroy crops. In times of severe weather, many vulnerable populations are at risk of losing both their livlihood and food security, which in turn perpetuates poverty. The Sisters of Mary’s on-the-job training and vocational programs help ensure that our students are able to enjoy greater job security in their future.
For $50 you can provide beans for 500 children for one day.