In Mexico, for as little as 300 USD a year, Mujeres in Cambio can persuade a rural family to keep their daughter in school. Education in Mexico is not free and our scholarships help to pay for needed books, supplies and uniforms.
For 25 years we have provided scholarship assistance to over 900 girls and young women from 70 poor rural communities around San Miguel de Allende. For a bright grade eight girl lucky enough to be selected for our scholarship program this is life changing. It sends them on a radically different path compared to their parents. Our assistance is from grade eight equivalent through university if they maintain our demanding grade point average. Once graduated, even from high school, these young women help to raise their families out of poverty and set an important example in their community.
Our reserves are running dangerously low. Many more of our students are deciding to continue on to university which is a welcome but un-forecast drain on our funds. The pandemic has prevented us from conducting our usual kind of community fundraising activities. We were expecting a grant of $13,000 that we have relied on for years. Unfortunately, it will not be available to us this year. Our all-volunteer Board is working hard at making sure we can replace those grant funds next year.
What is the cost of a broken dream? Our students are still in school, so we desperately need more money to operate today and to guarantee their future support. Our goal is to replenish and then build our reserves to ensure our charity’s sustainability. We have already engaged a pro bono grant specialist; delved into our old donor history to rekindle donor relationships; and asked our Board members to contact friends and family for their help
So now, we are asking our trusted donor community and potential new donors to dig deep. We have set ourselves a goal of $26,000. Please help us to keep from disappointing these very bright students. It is a well-known fact that one of the best routes out of poverty is to educate girls.