Providing scholarships to young, rural Bolivian women to rise up and attain their educational dreams.
Amy Dewey Westbrook served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1997-1999. She lived in the town of Tarata, outside the city of Cochabamba in the foothills of the Andes mountains. During her Peace Corps service, Amy worked with the schools and the municipality of Tarata and the surrounding communities. She befriended a number of young Bolivian women who were faced with little economic opportunity after high school graduation. Amy recognized that there was a great financial barrier between many of the young women and their educational goals beyond the high school level.
Why is educating girls important?
- Education increases earning power for women by up to 25%.
- It decreases the rate of women dying during pregnancy and after the birth of their child
- The more educated women are the more likely they are to send their own children to school.
- Educated women have access to better health care.
- Supporting the education of girls and young women is a simple, straightforward way to strengthen families and communities.