By Judy Peterson
About fifteen years ago, my husband and I were walking along the malecón in La Paz when we were approached by a student who needed to interview English-speaking foreigners as a project for her English class in senior high school. During our conversation, she discovered that we were part of a foundation which is now named Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP). She informed us that she was a senior in high school and asked if we would be able to help her attend teachers’ college after her graduation. We said we would look for a sponsor, which we did, and she was able to attend Normal Superior, the La Paz teachers’ college. This is her story in her own words, translated into English.
“Hello, my name is Evelia Lopez Villanueva; I’m 30 years old. I am originally from the beautiful state of Oaxaca. My mom, my brother, and I came to Baja California Sur in search of better opportunities to succeed, because where we lived in Oaxaca, access to education is difficult and employment opportunities are few.”
“I have completed my studies; I am now a professor in the Junior High School named Technical #13, where I teach the subject of Civic Formation and Ethics.”
“I would not have succeeded without the help of Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C., which supported me by providing the resources to cover the costs required to continue my education, given that we were a very low income family.”
“Thanks to the foundation I was able to change the direction my life was headed, and that of my family, because now I am a professional so we can live a dignified life without lacking the basic necessities.”
“I consider that the work of the foundation is indispensable to continue changing lives and realizing dreams of other adolescents like me, who without the foundation’s support, it would not have been possible. For that reason we need more people to join this noble cause to continue supporting young people to change their lives.”
Evelia’s story is similar to many who live in the neighborhoods we serve. And you can be part of this change.
$300 USD will send a student to junior high school for one year.
$500 USD will send a student to senior high for one year.
$100 USD will buy a uniform and school shoes, or a backpack and school supplies.
Thank you for whatever you are able to give.