The Superlearner Project Lima is a community-oriented project that aims to empower kids with no resources to achieve their dreams through formal and non-formal education. To that end, we compliment the current educational system by language lessons, brain training, physical and other creative activities. Ultimately building self-confidence and self-worth, while stimulating their own potential.
The Superlearner Project Lima is a community-oriented project that aims to empower children with little or no resources.
Our hope is to show the children that another reality is possible, and that they are bright, capable, and worthy. Every child should have the opportunity to grow into whatever they want to be. Our goal is to show them that it is possible.
We believe in working together with children to achieve their dreams. There are many programs that say they are here to help those in need. However, we believe that mentality undermines the self-worth that we try to instill - they begin to ask themselves, "Why do I need help?" Thus, we never say help. Instead, we preach collaboration.
As the founder of Superlearner, this program is so close to my heart because I was one of those kids. We hear about poverty all the time in the abstract, but it’s the everyday aspects of being poor that drag you down. It’s very hard to feel hopeful and confident when the walls of your “house” are a plastic tarp that whips around in the wind, when you don’t always have shoes, when you don’t have money for school books, much less food, and it wouldn’t matter anyway because you attend a school where 75% of your classmates don’t understand what they read. It’s very hard to feel that you can rise above your circumstances when everything around you seems to say that you are unworthy, that you are not smart enough, and that you will never amount to anything.
I know these feelings intimately, and I also know how you overcome them. I was lucky enough to meet kind, big-hearted people like Rosina and Oscar, Erik, Ruben and Clint and Lacey, who encouraged me to learn English, who pushed me to take the college entrance exams even though I was convinced I would never pass them, who gave me the job at the polymetalic mine that helped me save money for college, and who even gave me the money I needed to stay in college after my savings ran out. I am forever indebted to this kindness because these people never let me doubt myself. They never let me believe that I couldn’t succeed.
I was one of the lucky ones, but it’s not enough to just be lucky. Every kid growing up like I did deserves the same opportunity to make the most of their talents and intelligence. This begins with knowing that you are talented and intelligent, that you are worthy, that you can succeed despite all the signs around you saying that you can’t. That kind of empowerment makes people unstoppable. It allows them to rise above their circumstances and build something better. And this is what Superlearner is all about.
Jorge Sanchez Rodriguez