Jessica Bolaños faced extreme poverty as a child. Her younger brother was living in an orphanage for several years as a result of the family’s poverty and his delicate health situation. After he left the orphanage, RED began working with the family. Several years ago, the children’s mother died from AIDS. Their single income was not nearly enough to provide for the entire family’s needs, and Jessica was sure she would not be able to continue her education. The family lives in a rural community and there is no local high school within walking distance.
Jessica became one of Project RED’s first scholarship recipients and was able to get her high school diploma, thanks to both her dedication and the support she received from the RED Scholarship Fund. She traveled by bus every day to reach her school and graduated at the top of her class!
Inspired by the work of Project RED and the impact it has made on her family’s well-being, when presented with the opportunity to go to college, she immediately decided that she wanted to study social work in order to help impact and change people’s lives the same way her life had been impacted