Meet the 2015 Kaya Kindergarten Graduates!

Congratulations to our kindergarten graduates. We are so proud of you!  

At Kaya, we work with children who live in extreme poverty. Everyday we see the heartbreaking effects of this poverty in our community: malnourishment, tooth decay, depression and child labor. At Kaya, we work hard to reach as many children as we can and to lessen the effects of poverty on their lives. It is our goal to help them and their families escape poverty and for children to have a better future. This is a big task. How do you approach such a big problem? One good place to start is with education.

It is well documented in the world of international development that for each year of school a child completes, his or her probability of living in poverty is reduced by 6%. Education is a proven way to reduce the effects of poverty and give children a future. Education is an important investment in the lives of our children. At Kaya, we know that helping children succeed in school is planting a seed that will grow into a great future.  When we invest in the education of the poorest children, we give them a powerful tool to break the cycle of poverty passed from generation to generation.

That is why we were so proud and so moved to see our younger children graduate from kindergarten. This is the first step towards breaking the cycle of poverty and helping the children become independent men and women. While education alone cannot eradicate poverty in a country like Bolivia, it is certainly very crucial. This is why at Kaya education is an important part of our comprehensive support. We are proud of our Kaya kindergarten graduates and are excited to continue accompanying them as they further their education. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for them! 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Written by Michelle Cazas and Hawley Harrigan. Posted January 15, 2016.