YOUNG WOMEN EDUCATION PROGRAM
The non-profit Instituto de Educación Rural, IER, offers High School and Nurses education for young adult women between 16 – 26. It is managed since 1979 by the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, MIC. French Canadian Sœur Murielle Dubé MIC is head of the Institute. The classes are bilingual, Spanish and Quechua.
All diplomas are accredited and issued by the Ministry of Education.
The young aboriginal women are from the rural Altiplano and come from very poor families.
The teachers are funded by the government, but many families cannot pay the annual USD $900 for room and board. The IER faces each year a shortfall of about 60%. To make good, the Sisters sell eggs from their 4,000 chicken and honey from their hives in the Chapare.
On their large property they grow their own vegetables.
The Human Family in Christ with help from Canadian donors supports the IER.
Centre for adult education
The IER offers a 3 year High School program and a trade diploma for Dress Making and Sewing, Computer Technology, Veterinary Assistant and Farm Management. The diplomas are accredited by the Ministry of Education.
The Intermediate Level Nurses’ Course is very popular. There are 60 girls in the program.
An environmental course is taught to recognize local sources of bad health.
Most of the graduates return to rural clinics. Their salaries allow them to
look after their family or to continue with a higher education!
No more poverty for these young women and their families!
Sponsoring a girl's education costs $900 per year.