Remember when you were young and dreaming of your future?
Imagine if at the age of 13, your fate already looked bleak.
Alejandra’s earliest memories are of tacos. Her great-grandmother’s taco stand was passed on to her grandmother and then to her mother. As a baby, Alejandra napped in the taco stand. By age six she was chief tomato chopper. By thirteen she ran the stand on her own.
Violence in the home is also a strong memory for Alejandra. Making and selling tacos paid for her schooling and the family’s bills. It was also a refuge providing Alejandra a place away from the fighting at home.
Living with violence and selling tacos defined three generations of women in Alejandra’s family. But Alejandra was determined it would not define her. She wanted a different life for her children.
Because of your generosity, Alejandra and her son Alexis are both full-time students in our education program for moms and their young children. The program nurtures the leadership and responsibility Alejandra demonstrated as a young girl. Instead of selling tacos, she is learning English and plans to go to PCC. But most importantly for her, she is also learning to create a safe home free of violence for her children.
“While tacos fill the tummy,” Alejandra says, “education feeds the soul.”
Four-year-old Alexis has difficulty with speech and comprehension. Attending our preschool means he gets the early individualized support that he needs. And it means he’ll be ready for kindergarten next fall. Many Latino students enter school unprepared. The problem begins early and so does the solution.
Your help will address another challenge as well. Adelante Mujeres lacks stable classrooms. Our preschoolers need state-certified classrooms to ensure they are in a space that facilitates their learning. And we know that kids learn best when parents participate in their learning.