Fundación Empresariado Sonorense A.C. (FESAC) is a Mexican nonprofit organization dedicated to community development and migrant rights in the borderland’s region. FESAC Nogales is their chapter based in Nogales, Sonora. It works closely with Border Community Alliance (BCA), a US Nonprofit based in Tubac Arizona, to bring resources, education and hope to the Nogales community. This holiday season, BCA and FESAC Nogales have launched a GoFundMe campaign, “Teachers and Tablets for Children at the Border”, focused on providing educational opportunities to migrant and asylum seeker families’ children.
There are thousands of families living, often for months, in crowded Mexican border cities like Nogales. They fled there because of intolerable violence and desperate poverty in their home regions. As a result, in addition to the trauma of losing their homes and traveling hundreds of miles through dangerous areas during a pandemic, their children have lost access to education.
Deijuven (Desarrollo Integral de Nogales), a Nogales youth-oriented NGO is currently operating a community center to offer online tutoring and education for 40+ students while schools are closed because of the pandemic. Most of these students would be home alone if not for Deijuven, as their parents cannot work from home. The families Deijuven serves have few resources and none of the technology needed for online learning. By holding classes in a safe and caring environment with newly trained teachers, the program gives their parents the ability to work and provide for their children while they are in school.
But the heart-wrenching reality is that there are just a few old computers and no tablets available to enable online learning for these children. And, while approximately 40 kids, often with just sheets of paper, show up every day, there are at least 80 more ready to learn if at least 2 additional teachers could be hired, and 40 tablets purchased.
The funds raised from this campaign will be used to hire at least two more teachers and purchase 40 (standardized) tablets for their virtual learning. The students vary in age, from PreK to 12th grade. They are taught in groups of 10 with two shifts each day, in order to comply with health regulations for social distancing. Deijuven has hired only one teacher due to budget restrictions; if 2 more teachers were hired there could be 2 more groups. At least 120 kids would be in school and their parents freed to work and build a future for them.
What we have:
- Facilities: 11 classrooms
- Internet access
- 1 educator
- 40 students and their committed families
What your critical support can fund:
- 1 tablet: $329
- 40 tablets: $13,160
- 6 months of 1 teacher’s salary: $1,800
- 6 months of 2 teachers’ salaries: $3,600
- Educational supplies: $3,240
Total needed to meet the educational needs of 120 children = $20,000
This campaign will support financing for at least 6 months of virtual learning and tutoring. The tablets will be used for regular academic courses as well as elective courses like music. Help us provide quality education to children in border communities so that they can recapture their future!
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