“It is difficult to do homeschool because now I don't have any teacher that can answer my questions,” says 9-year-old Yeimi. She misses her school playground and friends. Now, inside the four walls of her small house and a reduced space to play, Yeimi remembers and misses her classroom teacher.
At school, she learns; but at home, without classes, internet access or any technology device to do her classwork, her daily routine is frustrating.
“At the beginning of the school year, because we don't have a cellphone with internet access, we borrowed a phone from some neighbor to obtain the classwork every day,” says Yaquelin, Yeimi's mother. “I like to help my girl, but my knowledge is limited because I only finished sixth grade.”
Hearing about the situation, Ana, the director of the Compassion center that Yeimi attended, reached out to her schoolteacher, and they set up a routine where Ana would receive the girl's weekly worksheet from the teacher. Then Yeimi and Ana would make an appointment at the center.
At the center, they created a system where children who were struggling like Yeimi come for an hour of tutoring twice a week. Also, all the children get their printed classwork for free and can ask for school supplies and internet access to complete their homework.
“I am thankful for the center because they helped my girl finish the school year,” says Yaquelin. “I know children who are not part of the center, and they failed their school year because they don’t have the money to go online and print the weekly classwork or have someone to answer their questions.”
“When Yeimi started to not feel alone with her school troubles, her interest in studies improved,” Ana says. “Now she is ready to start fourth grade.”