Jeremiah Lives in Peru!

By H Mac Wooten

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)

OK, I looked up this verse.  I don’t recall ever even hearing this passage before,  but it caught my attention for the purpose of writing this blog.   In this blog, the broken cisterns relate to the children here in Peru with little access to good education or great teachers and almost all children in Peru  fall into this category.  It is very difficult to fill them with education.   My analogy is the children need an education  and that living water thingy, is …. education.  To have a better quality of life and make a better life for ourselves, our communities and our families we need education.    Yes, your guess would be correct in that there are many excellent teachers here.  And quiet often … if you are among the affluent, you can afford quality education.   There are approximately 30 million people in Peru.  Some 29 Million + have only access to schools where often many of the teachers have no teaching degree, many of the teachers have little to no supervision and there is no consistent teaching standards or program and in many no electricity, and in many …. ok , you get the picture.   In many cases …. almost anything goes.  Which is kind of what you think is now happening in many of the  schools in the states.

People access education thru good teachers.  We work with teachers in some of the poorest communities and poorset regions of the country.  We know we can’t save the world and we’re not trying to do that.  However, we can easily make a difference in real lives of these children, communities and help teachers here …. make a difference.  Thank god you nor I experience the poverty that is a way of life here.  Education and 100 other things will help break the chain of poverty.  I’m not here to address all the other things but I can help with the education part of this equation.  You can also help with this part of the equation ….. easily.

Two evils.  Evil #1 is;     to turn your head and not help someone where and when you easily have the ability.  Evil #2 is;  Kinda the same as the first ….. not helping a child have access to a better education.   Remember the EDUCATION IS THE KEY stuff …….  well here’s where is comes in handy.  In a developing country, it really comes in handy and makes waaaay more difference even in a simple life.   It is simply in too many cases the difference between tending sheep all day and having a job and providing for a family.  Sheep …. Family.  Ok   the sheep wont ask to borrow the car on the weekend and they don’t need an Ipad because everyone else has one!  And they never ask for those really expensive tennis shoes …. thank god (two pairs each)!  But on the other hand, they wont come visit you when they put you in the home! ………. Yeah,  neither will your kids …. so maybe that’s not a good argument.   Sorry!  Ok, well, you get the message and the meaning.   None of this is your fault, responsibility or duty or maybe it could be depending on your personal beliefs.   Anyway, however you see it and whatever your beliefs,  we’re providing an opportunity and  asking your consideration in helping us.

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Mac Wooten is President of Teach a Teacher nonprofit.  A native of Greenville S.C. We live and focus most of our  work in the Ancash region of Peru.

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