By: Julia Battistoni & Julia Henry
Mayerly is a part of a christian organization , called the World Vision Group, that keeps parents and children safe. This group helps children like Mayerly to seek help and become comfortable knowing that they are safe. She is hoping to accomplish being a leader that people can look up to. She is determined to help children get education, health care, food ,and water for their every day life. She hopes to prevent accidents ,like what happened to her cousin Milton, from happening to other kids and adults.
The town Mayerly lives in, Soacha, is right outside the city limits of Bogota. Soacha is a poor town with dirt roads and cement houses. The land rises steeply and the higher you go the poorer the houses. Some were made of cardboard and plastic sheeting. There are also armed gangs who attack kids to and from school. These gangs demand money, pens, pencils, books, and push kids around. Mayerly said,”Sometimes the violence to the kids get worse and can end fatality”. People living in the north of Bogota are scared to travel down to Soacha. Up in the north, they are richer and have modern-day electronics. To add to that, El Progresso families live in so much poverty and debt that they can not go to school for education. Schools consists of tin roofs, desks are broken, the floor is made of dirt, only one window, when it rains the roof leaks. Some of the walls are decorated with paintings of the children's dream homes. Also, in the schools there are no qualified teachers, instead they have to higher people from cops to random people off the streets.