Dear Friend,

As we reach the half-way point in our Holiday Match Campaign, we thank you for your generosity, and share two reasons why your donation is vital. 

Earlier this month, our university scholars carried out a community-wide survey to assess how the children of Batey Libertad were faring in distance learning, with schools set to remain closed for this entire academic year. The results were eye-opening. Today, we highlight two reasons why our students need educational support now more than ever:
1. Only 23% of households have a laptop or tablet to allow students to study online.
Just 15 parents stated that they possess a tablet or laptop for their children to take online classes. Moreover, 38% of parents stated that they do not have internet in their homes. The majority of those who do have internet told us that they rely on data which they purchase sporadically, usually for less than three days per week.
2. 70% of parents do not feel capable of helping their children with their distanced schoolwork.
46 parents expressed that they could not fully navigate their child’s workbook with them as required, citing various reasons, including:

“I can’t show them how to do their homework, because I didn’t go to school.”
“I do not have the space for them to study at home, nor the time to help.”
“[My child] can’t do the homework and has to ask their friends to help because I can’t read.”

Classes are also broadcasted via television, radio and online, but many parents told our scholars that they do not have electricity, adequate internet connection, or necessary technology.

These statistics reveal a severe educational crisis unfolding in Batey Libertad. Even in “normal” times, our students face significant obstacles to accessing education. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to widen the achievement gap between students who have the necessary resources to succeed in school, and those who do not. 

Your support can sustain our daily, in-person classes to students who are building lifelong literacy skills and ensure that they do not lose a full year of education.

If you have already made a gift to our match campaign, thank you so much, and please consider sharing this email with a friend or family member to increase our reach. 

To make a donation today, please click here!

Many thanks,

The Yspaniola team
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