Public education in Bolivia is not free like it is in other countries.
Students cannot arrive empty handed and receive an education. While they can sit in class for free, they will not be given a pencil to write with, a piece of paper to take notes or a textbook so they can do their homework. All these supplies must be provided by the family. Ironically, school supplies in Bolivia are the same price or more than other developed countries. Some public schools also require a monthly tuition, and all require uniforms. If you do not wear the correct uniform, you can be sent home. Materials for projects and daily work, uniforms, snacks, activities are all provided by the family. There is no low-income assistance or free-reduced lunches. The cost to send a child to school here is high. Thus, the reason many children drop-out by the 5th or 6th grade.
For $2700.00 a year you can ensure that all 12 girls in the home have everything they need to go to school to receive an education at its fullest potential.