“Because it’s never too late to become who I am meant to be!” Some inspiration for us all on this day celebrating the women who mother the world.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to shine a light on the generosity that enables us to empower mothers and grandmothers through literacy. Literacy is currency. Knowledge is power. These sentiments might seem obvious to those of us who live in areas with high literacy rates but in our Education and Hope community, many women were never given the chance to be educated and some were forced to drop out at a very young age. Our adult literacy initiative is one of the achievements of which I am most proud, a project I dream of being able to facilitate on a grander scale someday.

Today, especially, I want to offer my deep gratitude for the generous support from our extended community of Education and Hope donors. By enriching the lives of so many of the mothers in our program we invariably help to lift up the entire family.

“I am very happy because I have made great strides in my writing, and I can now read newspapers and books. One of my great dreams is to study on the middle school level, even if I am already 70 years old by then. Because now I have learned that it is NEVER TOO LATE to become who I am meant to be and have a better life.”
~ Carmen Álvarez, age 62, mother of seven.

“Me siento feliz porque he avanzado mucho en mi escritura, puedo leer periodicos y libros y uno de mis sueños mas grandes es que quiero estidar el nivel básico aunque tenga 70 años de edad. Porque ya aprendí que NUNCA ES TARDE para desenvolverme y tener una mejor vida.”
~ Carmen Álvarez, 62 años, madre de 7 hijos

Doña Carmen, shortly before earning her sixth grade diploma.