Our team on the ground

We have a great team and donors in the US, but having a DAEF employee present in Ayacucho is key to the organization's success. Maria Luisa Guitterez is an experienced teacher and social worker from Ayacucho. She meets with the girls twice a month as an academic advisor. She helps the girls stay focused on their academic and career goals, and keeps us informed when extra materials or tutors are needed to best help the girls with their progress.

Creating a family

Maria Luisa plays many roles in the organization-a strict accountant, an analyst of each girl’s individual needs, and a warm mother-figure who never forgets to celebrate a girl’s birthday, graduation or successful test score. Maria Luisa has formed a community of women who lift each other, and she truly is a blessing to all the girls as well as this foundation.