Hi friends! Lauren Duffy here. I can’t get over the fact that this lovely project is actually coming together!
So you’ve seen the progress we’ve made so far, but why are we doing this specific program you my ask? Well my friends, you’ve come to the right place.
First, let me introduce myself if we haven’t yet met. Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m from Indiana in the USA, and I’ve been a part of the WYO adventure as the Director of International Relations since January of 2015. I grew up in Los Angeles, where this story begins. Additionally, I’ve always had a passion for the education of others and view the ability to receive an education as a basic human right. With that being said, let me introduce you to the program itself.
I grew up in Los Angeles raised by a wonderful working single mother and my Guatemalan nanny, Eluvia. I am fluent in Spanish thanks to Eluvia, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Aside from learning the Spanish language, I have learned so much more from Eluvia through the years. Growing up in rural Guatemala, she did not get the education I believe she deserved (you can read more about the Guatemala education system on the project’s home page). In order to assist with financial hardships in her family, she had to drop out of school during her fourth grade year to work in a crowded and unsafe factory until she could leave and move to the US nearly 20 years later. I can vividly recall a conversation we had while she walked me home from kindergarten one day when I asked her what she wanted to be when she was a little girl. “Quieria ser una maestra, muñeca”. In English, she said “I wanted to be a teacher”. She called me muñeca- meaning little doll- growing up, and it’s stuck since then. This struck me knowing that she had to work at such a young age, and thus never achieving her dream. However, what she didn’t know was that she was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.
In order to prevent the loss of another dream, Educación Para Todos was born. And it is all a huge thank you to Eluvia. So now you know.
If you have further questions, please contact me at [email protected]