Although education is important in Peru, the government is unable to supply the rural schools in the Amazon Jungle with educational materials. These communities rarely have textbooks, reading materials, maps, charts, or reference materials for teachers and students. Education is free, but students are required to purchase their own notebooks, rulers, pens, and pencils, which is an almost impossible financial burden for most rural families.
The Adopt-A-School Program encourages intercultural awareness and exchanges of friendship and goodwill among Peruvians and visitors from around the world by allowing people to sponsor villages. The program supports a variety of schools, from one-room schoolhouses to combined kindergarten, primary, and high schools.
While we were in Peru, we visited 7 villages in the Amazon Jungle who are in the Adopt-A-School program. We met the teachers and students in the program and were able to see their school building which was usually their main meeting room as well.
Since returning from Peru, our church, the Black Lick United Methodist Church, has adopted a school, and our team, Missions Possible is planning to adopt one as well. That way, when we return in 2015, we'll be able to visit "our" villages! We'll be able to personally meet the children that we are sponsoring.