Hope Academy – A School for Girls
There are more than 800 families living in the rural village of El Aguacate. The average family has eight children and exists well below the poverty level. Many girls are kept home from school to help with household chores and to care for their younger siblings. Some of these girls have been denied enrollment in school due to lack of space. When spaces are at a premium, boys are given preferential treatment.
Some of the girls who are lucky enough to attend primary school are forced to leave their homes and school in order to escape abusive family situations. They often marry young and begin to have children, often before the age of 16 – continuing the cycle of poverty.
These girls are beautiful, precocious children – just like your daughter or the girls in your neighborhood. But unlike most American children, these girls may never have the chance to see anything outside of their village. Their village is filled with trash and raw sewage. It has no running water. There is no reliable healthcare and limited access to education.
Tree 4 Hope has purchased land and is building a bilingual STEAM school with a global focus on science, arts, engineering and business, blending Western and Latin American teaching methods for multi-cultural learning. Taught in a positive learning environment, the curriculum will emphasize women’s rights, global relationship-building, and self-esteem, cultivating these girls’ intellectual, social, and spiritual development. Because educated women are more likely to have fewer children and larger incomes, our graduates will change the entire economic outlook of their village.
At the beginning of 2019, 15 girls ages 4-6 were told the local school had no space for them. Though our building is not yet complete, we made the decision to open Hope Academy off-site at Hogar Miguel Magone orphanage. Currently we are working with 26 girls from pre-K to 3rd grade. We thank you for your support, because these girls now have access to education. They are thriving under our bilingual STEAM program, using their curiosity and sense of exploration in new ways.
You can help change the course of these girls’ lives. You can make a difference.
Thank you for investing in HER future…