Nine year old Adriana and her mom, Skarleth, are from Nicaragua. In the wake of the civil unrest in Nicaragua, they walked through the jungle at 38 degrees celsius to cross the border into Costa Rica. As a single mother in Nicaragua, Skarleth could not find work. Skarleth found work in Costa Rica and was able to afford a one-room unit which Skarleth and Adriana shared with another mother and her son, the four of them shared one room!
As Skarleth did not have documentation in Costa Rica, she lost the job at the restaurant and successive jobs she secured. At the same time, the other mother they were sharing a room with decided to go back to Nicaragua. Skarleth and Adriana have no family and overnight, they found themselves homeless. They slept in the park.
At this point, my mother, who spends part of the year in Costa Rica, asked me if I could possibly fund raise for Skarleth and Adriana's immediate needs of food and shelter in our community in the Cowichan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. My mother knew Skarleth and Adriana as Skarleth occasionally cleaned for my mother. Our community responded generously and has showed their love and support of this beautiful mother-daughter family by donating funds for their immediate needs of food and shelter and, later, for their documentation.
In July and August, 2019 I spent two months in Costa Rica and took care of Adriana full time for six weeks while I was there. My parents took care of Adriana for four weeks before my arrival. Skarleth went to Nicaragua for ten weeks to obtain her and Skarleth's documentation. While my parents and I took care of Adriana for ten weeks, my mother and I did homework with her every single day. We taught her the names of the letters in Spanish, the alphabet in Spanish, basic counting and adding and subtracting. My mother taught her how to write the entire alphabet and I started teaching her the phonetic alphabet and basic reading and writing.
Now, Skarleth and Adriana have housing, food and documentation. Adriana is enrolled in school. The documentation was a very important step as it allows Adriana and Skarleth to live, study and work in Costa Rica and to access health and dental care. Within a few weeks of returning to Costa Rica with her documentation, Skarleth had applied for work and received a job offer at the banana plantation near their home.
While they were homeless in February and March of this year, Skarleth was raped and is due to give birth to her second child in the next few days (November 2019) so the health care is very important.
Now, I would like to continue Adriana's education as education is the only way to lift Adriana and her mother out of poverty permanently. Adriana is enrolled in school and has almost perfect attendance. She works hard and loves to learn but the school is not taking steps to get her caught up to her grade level in Costa Rica. Due to her life circumstances, Adriana is nine years old and cannot yet read and write. Adriana would like to be a doctor. It would a miracle if that could be possible. I am the owner of Tutor Pro in Shawnigan Lake which offers on-line calculus and chemistry tutoring. I would like to use the same platform that I use to deliver calculus and chemistry tutoring to continue to teach Adriana how to read and write in Spanish and English and math. Two students who are native Spanish speakers (from Mexico) and who study here in Shawnigan Lake have volunteered to teach Adriana how to read and write in Spanish on-line and I will teach her how to read and write in English and I will also teach her math.
In order to be able to teach Adriana remotely, who lives in a banana plantation in Costa Rica, we will need to buy a laptop for Adriana and several wacom tablets (for Adriana and the two students who will teach her, I already have my own wacom tablet), and a headset (microphone and earphones) for Adriana. We will buy the laptop in Canada and ship it to Costa Rica as laptops are far more costly in Costa Rica than in Canada. We will also install the internet at Adriana's home.
Here are the items and the associated costs that we are raising funds for:
Laptop for Adriana: $700
3 wacom tablets: $360 (total)
Shipping for laptop: $200
Will you help me and the two student volunteers teach Adriana how to read, write and study math so that she can pursue further studies and improve her life?