Our sponsored students often have many obstacles to overcome on the path to academic success. They often speak an indigenous language at home, so attending classes in Spanish can be a very difficult adjustment. Many of our students have significant responsibilities at home--either working to support the family, or cooking and caring for younger siblings--that take up time that might otherwise have gone to homework. Furthermore, the instability that comes with poverty often has a significant mental impact--it is difficult to concentrate when you're hungry, embarrassed about ragged clothes, or worried about whether your family will be able to pay the rent.
When our students struggle, we do everything possible to keep them in school. Sometimes just a few conversations with our social workers are enough, but sometimes real academic support is necessary. In those situations, we can provide one-on-one tutoring five days a week at a cost of $65 per month; three days a week for $40.00 per month; or two days a week for $26.00 per month. Students' individual sponsors usually provide the funding for tutoring, but we would like to begin offering options for struggling students whose sponsors are unable to provide that extra help.
You can help in two ways: 1) Donate to the Tutoring Program's General Fund, or 2) Volunteer as a tutor. To find out more about volunteering as a tutor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.