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Generations of Change in San Miguel
All parents want a better life for their children; Alfonso and Maria Daquilema are no exception. The parents of five had humble beginnings. Alfonso dropped out of school in Grade 6 because his family couldn’t afford school fees. He began working on a farm when he was just 12, a job he has held for 26 years, and one that keeps him from his children for weeks at time. Alfonso harvests potatoes five hours north of home. Maria has had no formal education, but works tirelessly cooking and cleaning, caring for livestock and tending to her vegetable garden. Even with no formal education herself, Maria insists that her children stay in school.
Thanks to Free The Children, the Daquilema family and all the children in San Miguel can attend middle school. Without Free The Children, the eldest and only son of Alfonso and Maria would have left school after Grade 6, just like his dad, and started working at age 13 to help support the family. Instead, their son Elias will start Grade 9 this fall.
Learn more about out work in Ecuador at www.freethechildren.com/ecuador