Education is a Basic Human Right by Karen
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton SC
was a Catholic religious sister in the
United States and an educator, known
as a founder of the country's
parochial school system.
The works of Elizabeth Ann Seton, Thomas Aquinas, and Ignatius of Loyola are well known. Still, there are countless others, whose names will never be found in the history books, that have dedicated their lives to educating the poor and marginalized.
While we haven't felt called to open schools like Elizabeth Ann Seton's family, or start a religious order, like Saint Ignatius, we have looked for opportunities to help those that we've gotten to know who lack the resources to send their kids to school.
The secondary school that our kids attend serves over 1,200 kids in grades 7-12. To best accommodate the needs of each grade, the start dates are staggered. The 7th graders start first so that they have time to get acclimated before the others arrive. Michael, and the other 8th graders, started on Tuesday, February 7th. Jack and Anna, along with the other kids, began later in the week.
Michael's studies are general, as are all 8th graders. Jack is beginning in the Computer Science program, and Anna is finishing up her specialty in Mechanics.
|This is the receipt for about half of one|
of the family's uniforms. Given the
fact that the mom makes an average of
12,000 colones/day, it would have taken
her about 2 weeks to earn the money
needed to buy her kids' uniforms.
With Team Carmody's help, we were able to provide three families with all that they needed to ensure that their kids/grandkids could start school with their classmates. Following are some pictures that we took when we dropped off their uniforms and supplies. Please know that the kids were actually really, really excited to receive all that we were able to share even though it doesn't necessarily look like it in these pictures. I think the kids just felt uncomfortable posing for pictures, which I understand. Maybe next time we'll try to snap some candid shots!
Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about what the Lord is doing through Team Carmody here in Costa Rica. Blessings, Karen