CRS Rice Bowl recipe #4 – Doing more with less at Lent

Categories: Around the Diocese,lent,Nation/World

For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end of Lent, individuals can give their money to their parish or send their donations directly to the St. Cloud Mission Office, 11 8th Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN, 56301.

Mayra Martinez, 11, and her grandmother Lucía Mancía, 62, showing her math and language diplomas from the Peer to Peer Tutoring program given by her tutor, Elías Fabricio. She is very proud of her improved grades at school an might become a tutor herself. Mayra was selected by her teacher to receive extra tutoring during the break between the 2013 and 2014 school years. The teacher noticed that she had learning difficulties, was unable to complete homework assignments, and missed class regularly. The Peer to Peer Tutoring Methodology offered by the USDA FFE project seemed like the perfect solution. CRS implements the Food For Education Project with USDA in 17 municipalities in Intibucá, Honduras. The project benefits 53,863 children. CRS collaborates with Caritas Santa Rosa de Copan and COCEPRADII (El Comité Central Pro Agua y Desarrollo Integral de Intibucá). The two local organizations have years of experience in development and education projects in the south western part of Honduras. Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for Catholic Relief ServicesHONDURAS

March 5 – March 12

Two years ago, Mayra was not a star student. She was very shy in the classroom and struggled with simple math and reading lessons. She often missed homework assignments and, some days, did not go to school.

Her teacher noticed and enrolled Mayra in the school’s tutoring program. In the months that followed, Mayra and Fabricio, her tutor and classmate, spent many afternoons practicing reading and writing stories together. They made up games to practice math. And when they were done, they jumped rope and played in their neighborhood. In the process, the two became good friends.

“Fabricio never looked down on me because I had trouble learning,” Mayra said. “He always treated me well.”

The extra attention was what Mayra really needed. She lives with her grandmother, Lucia, who works hard to take care of Mayra. She picks coffee on a nearby farm and does laundry to earn money to put food on the table. But this means she doesn’t always have time to help Mayra with her school work. In fact, like many people her age, Lucia cannot read.

That’s why Fabricio’s help was so important. Today, Mayra is proud of her reading and math skills. She does her homework and goes to class on time. She is more confident and has a new group of friends.

Mayra wants to be a teacher one day. But first, she will become a tutor so she can help her classmates — just as Fabricio helped her.

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