Help Young People in Peru for Life-altering Professions
THIS PROJECT WILL HELP: 100 youths from seven Compassion centres
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: October, 2017
At age 17, Juan* is happy that his schooling is nearly complete. With support from the Compassion centre, he has worked hard to earn passing grades in high school. Ever since Juan’s father left, Juan’s mother has had to work long hours as a cleaner to make ends meet for Juan and his younger sister. But when faced with the choice of pursuing his dream and continuing his education or immediately entering the workforce in menial labour to help his mother, Juan’s heart is torn.
Most children in the Chimbote province don’t get a chance pursue their dreams. The quality of public high school education in impoverished areas is very low and most students are not accepted to study at post-secondary institutions. But that’s not the only barrier. On average, families in and around Chimbote earn $280 a month. This barely covers the basic needs of a family, so tuition or further training for college-aged children is out of the question.
With paternal absence being commonplace, young people are torn between pursuing further education or entering the workforce immediately to help lighten the financial burden at home. The decision isn’t an easy one for these families to make, but without the funds for fees and tuition, they really have no other choice. Without education or job skills, young people like Juan will end up working as unskilled labourers, with little hope of escaping poverty.
But it doesn’t have to stay like this. You can help give these young people the opportunity to earn a sufficient living when they grow up. With your help, 100 youths will enrol in a one-year technical studies program. During the year, the students will receive counselling to help them succeed in their chosen programs. They will also participate in Christian leadership training, which will prepare them to be leaders in their churches and communities. Finishing the technical studies program will give them the ability to find a stable, skilled profession, or help them gain acceptance into a college or university so they can break out of poverty.
Give the gift of education and equipyoung people to earn lifelong, self-sustaining income.
*Juan’s story is a composite, typical of a child in the Chimbote province of Peru