Dear friends of Building Dignity,
Greetings from Lomo de Corvina (Lima, Peru), where Building Dignity is working hard to address one of the area’s most pressing challenges: the lack of resources and support for students.
In January, Building Dignity welcomed Ana María Mejía Huisa to the team as our Program Coordinator. In six short months, Ana María has helped expand our Community Education program and deepen the impact we have on the lives of young people. The Center for Development with Dignity is now open three days a week for one-on-one and small group tutorials and homework help. As Program Coordinator, Ana María welcomes each student to the Center as they arrive. She reviews the assignments they bring from school and pairs them with a volunteer tutor who helps them study. Students pore over Building Dignity’s growing collection of encyclopedias and reference books and delight in the opportunity to conduct research on one of the Center’s laptops.
For Ana María, the goal of our tutoring program is broader than helping students complete their homework. The goal is also to cultivate good study skills and a love of learning. That’s why Ana María and Program Director Andrew Mueller invite students to stay at the Center after they’ve finished their homework to read a book or play board games that exercise math skills. Thanks to the energy of Building Dignity staff and volunteers, students often stay until the minute the Center must close for the evening! Approximately 50 students benefit from our tutoring program each week, and many of them attend on a regular basis.
Building Dignity extends a heartfelt thanks to John and Daniel and the other volunteers who have contributed to our Community Education initiatives. We also wish to thank our friends and donors, whose generous support sustains our tutoring program, community education classes, and in-school support for students. Finally, thanks to the members of Soulside Out for contributing to the photos used in this newsletter.