Poor Parents Beat Back-to-School Blues

Parents would rather have their children tutored at Potter’s House after school than help earn income scavenging the dump with them. They know education will eventually lead to a better income outside of the dump.
Parents would rather have their children tutored at Potter’s House after school than help earn income scavenging the dump with them. They know education will eventually lead to a better income outside of the dump.

When I was a young single mom, the month of August was always a struggle. That’s when I had to get my kid school supplies. I couldn’t afford to get her a whole new wardrobe like some of her schoolmates got because my salary hovered around the U.S. poverty line at the time. But somehow we managed. She always (well, usually) started school with everything she needed.

The truth is my income, though low by American standards, was exponentially higher than that of most families in the developing world. And those families usually have more than one child! So my heart goes out to truly impoverished parents, especially struggling single moms, who desperately want their children to go to school but literally cannot afford the shoes for them to get there—much less the supplies, fees, or uniforms required to attend.

That’s why I appreciate the Potter’s House in Guatemala—a project that helps the children of impoverished families go to school, stay in school, and succeed in school. Potter’s House shares the parent’s belief that education is the most effective way to get this new generation on a better track than their parents, who earn their meager income by selling recyclables scavenged from the city garbage dump. It’s an honorable living but not one they wish on their children. By providing school supplies and Bible-based after-school tutoring and enrichment classes, Potter’s House helps parents see that their children get a great shot at a better life.

-Nola B.

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