Alfalit of Ecuador has been a partner of PMM since 1989. Alfalit is an evangelical Christian ministry that uses Christian curriculum to teach reading and writing to illiterates. The ministry started in Ecuador in 1963. For many years children who failed an early grade in school were not allowed to return, leaving them facing a life of poverty because of their inability to learn. How can one learn if he or she cannot read? After decades of such defeating policies, it is not difficult to understand why the country still has over one million illiterates.
Rev. Estuardo Lopez and his wife Mariana have been overseeing the program for over 30 years, and they have seen many become Christians as they learned to read and write. They travel throughout Ecuador visiting the poorest communities to recruit and train volunteers who will administer the program in their locale. After working for 30+ years, they have a very large network of volunteers who help with the program.
Along with basic education, Alfalit also teaches nutrition, hygiene, family finances, healthy family relationships, and Christian values. Pre-school programs are also being developed along with vocational training and personal stewardship.
Christian schools have also been started in the very poor communities in the coastal province of Manabi where public schools were closed. While Alfalit has no steady, dedicated income, there is constant need for support from outside Ecuador. Partner-donors include international individuals, churches, organizations and foundations. Will God speak to you about helping? Support is greatly needed for both students and teachers. Might your church adopt an Ecuadorian school?