América Ari was born and raised in the community of Ingas, which pertains to our parish of San Pedro de Mocomoco. She’s the second of four children — the eldest girl. In the Aymara culture, the eldest girl is almost always dedicated to work in the home, destined to marry early.
But América was different. When we met her in catechism at age 11, she had a “spark.” That spark became an academic flame and she graduated first in her class in 2016.
With little or no resources in the family — they are subsistence farmers — her talents had nowhere to go. She dreamed of a career in accounting.
So we invited América to become a volunteer member of our pastoral team, to live with us for a year, and spend that year preparing emotionally, academically and spiritually for the big shift from a rural high school (far below standards) to an urban university. We promised to find the funds to pay for her education.
That’s where you come in. We need $5,000 for her scholarship fund. Her parents will struggle to pay her food and housing. Other donors will fund this preparatory year. Won’t you help?