After nearly a year of restrictions on movement around the country, the Sisters were finally able to visit some remote and impoverished regions to meet new children in March. Children who would most benefit from our poverty-relief education programmes.
One of the regions visited, was the Guerrero Mountains in Oaxaca, a rugged area home to a number of indigenous communities each with their own dialect.
Prior to the pandemic, many of the region’s inhabitants would have relied on tourism to fuel their meagre income but currently no tourists can visit. To compound the problem, it is an area with very scarce employment which has led to it being ranked as number one in the emigration of workers to the United States. The region is also becoming increasingly vulnerable to the drug and human trafficking gangs which are exploiting communities who are hungry and desperate.
Around two thirds of the population in the Guerrero Mountains are living in severe poverty and there is very little organised education on offer. Since Covid-19 struck many of the children have missed an entire year of education.
The Sisters encountered significant demand for places at our two secondary schools in Chalco and Guadalajara, but have only been able to take boys and girls who are most vulnerable to the effects of poverty and danger from the gangs roaming the area. If they could the Sisters would have offered all of the children a place at school to give them the life they deserve.
The new students will soon be joining the schools where they will have a safe place to sleep at night, have three meals a day, enjoy their childhood and receive a quality education. An education that will lift them and their families out of poverty for good.