Sometimes the mothers need a little extra support so they can attend their classes..especially with childcare. We don't want anyone to be denied an opportunity to learn because they do not have childcare so the little ones are always welcome too. We bring some toys and art supplies to keep them busy. Here is Diego, the son of one of our mothers.
And if there is an opportunity to squeeze in more learning, Wilson will take it! Here is Transito, the sister of one of the mothers, getting a free one on one tutoring session from Wilson while she waits for her sister to be done her own English lessons. She also spends some time trying to have Spanish conversations with me, bless her and her patience!
It has been an exciting few weeks here in San Pedro La Laguna..settling in, reuniting with the mothers and girls and starting to interview new possible candidates for the project. Wilson and Juan Carlos, our two fabulous teachers, have continued teaching the classes all year long and it's amazing to see everyone's progress. Our girls can now follow a lot of instructions in English and look so confident when they read and speak. Here is a photo of one of the letters, Maria Elena has written in response to her Canadian pen-pal.
Pretty awesome for only one year! Way to go Maria Elena! Below is a photo of Maria Magdalena, who has always been one of our quickest learners, and Cecilia, who has amazed me in her growth since Christmas. She has so much more confidence now and is calling out answers all the time. It's exciting to see how they have grown in learning and in their overall confidence. Our goal at Project Maltioxinem is not only to teach our students English, but to also promote a love of learning, education and increase their confidence. So that as they progress through their own school system they will be more likely to stay in school and get a full education.
All blogs are currently written by Tracy, Board member and co-founder of Project Maltioxinem with input from Wilson, who is on the ground daily working with the women and girls...however, it is our hope that in the future, visitors, volunteers and maybe even our students will be able to contribute to our blog posts!