Yameli lives in a small town in the highlands of Huánuco, Peru. There are few job opportunities, so most people migrate to nearby cities or stay home and continue the agricultural work of their land, as most of their ancestors did. Despite this, 9-year-old Yameli has big dreams.
“I’ve always felt a fascination for discovering new things,” says Yameli. “My favorite part of school is the experiments we do, and that’s exactly why I want to become a scientist when I grow up, just like the ones we learn about in our books.”
As a scientist, Yameli wants to help engineer a food that can combat hunger in children. Yameli’s dream of becoming a scientist goes against both the lack of opportunities in the area and local beliefs that women should focus on household work. But the local church, in partnership with Compassion, is joining Yameli in this fight.
“As a church, we have been called to break the chain of inequalities and injustices in our society,” says Rodi Bernardo, Yameli’s tutor. “In Yameli’s case, I know that if she works very hard, she will be able to make her dream come true and become a scientist.”
When we grow up, we want to be chefs!