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Global Activism: Woman leaves Tinley Park roots behind to educate mothers and children in Peru

It’s Thursday, and time for our Global Activism series. Each Thursday we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.

Today we hear from a woman who left her Tinley Park roots behind in her early 20s and moved to the Huaycan community of Peru to help impoverished families.

Lara DeVries is the founder and executive director of the Light and Leadership Initiative. Her group assists mothers and children in their struggle out of extreme poverty by improving access to quality education. She tells us more about her work.


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