Anapra, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: Education funding
Organized by: Phoebe Gloeckner
For the past ten years, I have been conducting research for a book in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, where I've developed close connections with families in Colonia Anapra. Many of these families live in poverty. Nearly all of them still suffer from enormous loses from years of cartel violence in Northern Mexico. In Mexico, acquiring basic education, particularly beyond middle school, presents obstacles to the very poor. Students are required to pay tuition and purchase uniforms beginning at the intermediate grades, continuing through high school. These fees are in addition to school supplies, textbooks, and transportation costs. I have seen many teens, 13-15 years old, drop out of school because their parents can't afford these fees and would prefer that their children get jobs and begin to contribute financially to the household. I have personally supported the education of many kids myself, and would like to help more. I am asking you to help by contributing any amount towards the tuition of several Mexican teenagers and young adults who DO want to go to school, but are not able to for financial reasons. I want to raise money to cover the educational expenses of three students for one year. 1. A middle-school boy (Carlos H.) 2. A girl beginning high school (Perla H.) 3. A young woman (E.H., a single mother of 2) who has completed one semester of college with a GPA of 9.1 on a scale of ten. She is working towards an associate's degree in mechanical engineering. If I reach my goal, I will set aside 50% of any additional funds raised towards next year's fees and donate 50% to a non-profit organization helping provide educational scholarships to children in Anapra.