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TEACHER: Erlinda Flores de Acosta

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If you were to ask Erlinda what she does, she'd tell you that she teaches illiterate people. Actually, Erlinda works at the local conference office to help her husband, Benedicto, put their children through school.

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If you were to ask Erlinda what she does, she'd tell you that she teaches illiterate people. Actually, Erlinda works at the local conference office to help her husband, Benedicto, put their children through school.But working at the conference is what she does during the morning. To her mind, that doesn't count. Each day after lunch, Erlinda changes her outfit. She no longer works at an office. She goes to a nearby corner to wait for a bus, the first of several buses she takes to her destination.

When the literacy program began in El Salvador five years ago, Erlinda decided that this was her calling in life. She was part of the first group of teachers to start working with the less privileged around San Salvador. She discovered that she had a talent that could change other people's lives in a positive way. She could get close to the people and motivate them to study. She has taught four different literacy classes and, in every case, she went around the community putting the class together. Once the classes began, the students would not fail to attend.

"Today I'm late because the rain delayed the buses," she explained to us apologetically. But her students waited patiently for her. When questioned as to why they participate in the literacy project, they all said the same thing: "Because sister Erlinda has asked us to."




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