Noelia Sandoval is always smiling.Even though she works at night in a hotel near the airport and attends German and English classes after work, fatigue doesn't seem to affect her.After resting for a little while until midday, Noelia teaches classes from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.And then she's back at her job in the hotel. Noelia is an example of how education opens up new horizons. For this reason, she devotes her time so that other children can have the same opportunities she has and uses her money to buy the necessary material for the classes.
Noelia is 21 years old and has opened a language school for children in the area: "There is no language school close to here. I wanted to start one using the same teaching methods that I learned with."
Noelia lives in Huachipa, in Peru, a town just 6 miles from Lima.The community suffers from extreme poverty, lack of infrastructure and the absence of healthy eating and hygiene habits.The dust from the bricks made with the earth from the area hangs suspended in the air, making it hard to breathe and limiting opportunities for adults, children and adolescents.
There the Spanish NGO CESAL carries out a comprehensive education project aimed at children and teenagers. Noelia was one of them. Thanks to this organization, she was able to earn a degree.Not only because of what they taught and explained to her but because of what she learned about herself."My teachers helped me to see and understand what my skills were, what I could do. And I realized what I'm good at is customer service and services..."
Today, Noelia teaches languages to other children to give back part of what she received but also to show that escaping poverty is possible. At Fundación MAPFRE we support this project that cares for young children so that mothers can work, offers children training and security so that they have access to a better future and works with young people to facilitate their incorporation into the job market.