Written by Julie Silva Friday, 22 November 2013 08:00
LA JOYA—Living on dirt floors, taking cold showers while exposed to the elements, tripping over extension cords carrying electricity into small, ramshackle homes—many children in the rural areas of La Joya have more to worry about each day than solving equations or spelling college-level words.
Erika Salinas, Juarez-Lincoln High School social worker, said there are always new colonias popping up in the surrounding area, and because it’s rural, there’s no code enforcement. That means people can set up cardboard rooms or tents if they wish, Salinas said.
“It makes it real hard for our kids because they don’t have enough food or they’re bathing outside,” Salinas said.
Many students start thinking about dropping out of school as they get older because they want to get jobs to help their families.