But what brings Alicia true joy is watching a mother who once believed she had little value grow and blossom into a confident woman — one who spreads hope throughout her entire family.
Alicia continued to work with the church staff as interest in the program grew. She made connections with Bolivia’s department of education, ensuring that the mothers could take the classes for free, as well as receive textbooks at no cost. Students even receive report cards — a tangible symbol to their husbands, children and friends that they believe in the value of education.
These mothers “joined the Survival program without having any idea how to read or write,” says Alicia. “[Now they can] go home and tell their children how to do their homework.”
Alicia has a lot of dreams for the future of this program, including more classrooms, leadership training for the mothers and field trips.
But what brings Alicia true joy is watching a mother who once believed she had little value grow and blossom into a confident woman — one who spreads hope throughout her entire family. “I feel good to see that I am supporting their lives,” says Alicia. “I am happy because they are learning.”
And with each letter learned, each word read, Alicia sees a new future for Bolivia. One in which mothers can help their sons with homework, read books to their babies, and teach their daughters that education is a path out of poverty.