Meet Our Students
Very appreciative for the opportunity to study, students at IER are highly motivated to be successful. Before IER was established, there was no education beyond 6th grade offered in the valley. Feeling overwhelmed with household chores and childcare at home, many girls chose to escape home through relationships that often proved to be temporary leaving them abandoned single moms with no money and a limited education. Most boys assisted fathers with farming corn, beans, rice, and coffee, but many were discontent, lost hope, and felt powerless.
But now IER offers hope through education to break the cycle of poverty by pursuing dreams for a productive future. Students daily climb mountains and cross rivers to arrive at the main road to catch the bus for school, but they arrive cheerful, grateful, and ready to learn.