Though adult classes have been going on in Purushila for about 8 months, I just discovered them! What a find! (I continue to wonder what else is going on right under my nose!!! I'm thinking LOTS!)
It seems that a woman who lives in the village of Purushila is a teacher. She is paid by the government Q700 per month (about $80) per month to teach classes six days a week.
Classes are held for 4 adult students on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:30. Classes are held in a small classroom in the primary school which is occupied by traditional students during the day. These four students are attempting to complete the equivalent of sixth grade. If they are successful, they will receive a certificate for having achieved that level of education. The certificate is very meaningful in this culture.
The four students consist of two women with children and two young men about the age of 17. The women are especially serious about completing this course. One of the women is Mari Cruz. Mari Cruz has four children and a husband in Purushila. Her second daughter is in our equivalent of 7th grade across the yard of the same school while her mother is in class in grade 6. The elder daughter graduated from grade 9 with a certificate (grade 9 is the next level where a certificate is given) last year and now attends classes in Santa Ana on Saturday and Sunday for the next level of education. The two younger children are boys in the primary school. Mari Cruz also assists by cooking a lunch in the primary school two days a week. She also provides a noon Kids Against Hunger meal in her yard for the children and pregnant women of the village a few times a week. The other woman has one child.
On Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the teacher has 10 more students. These students are in mixed grades between grade 1 and 5. Unfortunately, because of many other commitments, these students are not as regular in attendance as the others. Yesterday, none of the 10 showed up. (I was hoping to see what they do and if I could assist.) I am thinking that some of the future microfinance projects may provide some services such as a washing or babysitting service that would allow the adults to attend class more regularly. Time will tell.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012