With Book Buddy being new to the Perry Child Development Center, and the kids being a little younger than the typical buddy, staff were unsure if the program would be successful. As the first couple of weeks got underway, Chase and his fellow students looked forward to when their Book Buddy friends would come.
Rhonnie Davis was forced to choose between paying for rent or textbooks. After years of struggle, she was living in her car, breaking out in hives, and studying like mad. And she had no idea how to come up with tuition for next semester.
Kelly had just received a letter saying she would no longer receive Child Care Assistance from the state. She was going to drop off the so-called “Child Care Cliff." She didn’t realize that by starting to work full time, she would be pushed just over the threshold of receiving assistance.
Aisha faced a shattering decision: acquire a husband three times her age or forfeit her family and her country. Those were the options her father presented her with in the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan—one of the most isolated regions in the world. She was a 16-year-old from Des Moines.