Meet Molita

Molita teaches third grade in the Sekong province of Laos. She attended a World Education training on how to educate students about the dangers of unexploded bombs, which, since the Vietnam war, remain scattered across the country.

About one-third of the land in Laos is contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO), and more than 20,000 people have been killed or injured by unexploded ordnance in Laos since the bombings ended. Many of the victims are children, who mistake small bombs for toys.

World Education is training teachers in Laos as part of its new mine-risk education (MRE) curriculum. Through these sessions, Molita was trained in the dangers of UXO and how to work with her students to enable them to recognize the dangers and how to report them. She also received songs, storybooks, and posters to create engaging MRE lessons for her students. 

Thanks to this curriculum and dedicated teachers like Molita, students in Laos are learning to protect themselves if they come across bombs.

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Meet Claris

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Supporting a family of 7 in Zimbabwe is not easy. But, as an auto mechanic, Claris’ father was able to make it work. But when he died in 2010, Claris, her ailing mother and siblings were left alone, with no income. Problems were compounded when Claris got pregnant at age 17 and dropped out of school because, despite studying diligently, she did not achieve a passing grade. She began petty trading, selling foods and sweets to support her family. 

When Claris saw an advertisement looking for girls interested in learning auto repair skills, she saw an opportunity to follow in her father’s footsteps. 

World Education’s Siyakha Girls project taught Claris financial literacy and job preparation, followed by vocation training in auto mechanics. She also learned communication and other life skills to protect herself from violence, stigma, and discrimination in the workplace. Claris started a three-month internship at a mechanic shop, where she is one of two women of a staff of nine. She is already using her monthly stipend to support her family, and is gaining the knowledge and skills to enter the industry formally.

Meet Zenaida

Zenaida was fleeing her abusive husband in Puerto Rico when she moved to Rhode Island in 1996 with her children. For years, she struggled in low-paying jobs where she was berated by customers for speaking imperfect English. When Zenaida’s mother and two sisters died of cancer within a few years of each other, she sunk into a depression.

But when Zenaida started taking English classes at the Genesis Center, her teacher, David, (pictured) encouraged her to express herself. Before long, Zenaida had a new dream: to write about her life one day. 

With David’s help, Zenaida submitted her story to The Change Agent, a national magazine published by World Education. Her heartfelt essay was accepted, and she has since published two more pieces in The Change Agent. Zenaida’s story was so compelling that she was asked to speak at the World Education annual dinner and served on its editorial board. She now works as a peer counselor helping other adult learners change their lives.

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