From: Zach Dyer
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2016 3:12 PM
To: Gleeson, James M. EOP/OVP
Subject: Dr. Biden Pool Report #2
Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden continued her visit to Costa Rica Sunday with a visit to Hogar Siembra, a shelter and technical training school in Alajuela, west of the capital, San José.
A public-private partnership funded in part with a grant from the Central America Regional Security Initiative, Hogar Siembra is home to more than 30 at-risk or abused girls between the age of 12 and 18.
Dr. Biden toured the facility where the girls live and go to school with an emphasis on job training and placement. Hogar Siembra offers its students training in entrepreneurship, English, computer science, and other technical skills including cosmetology.
“Beauty is something that girls are interested in in Latin America,” Hogar Siembra’s academic director Mar?a José Rivera told Dr. Biden, referring to opportunities for women to start their own businesses.
“All women are interested!” Dr. Biden joked with the girls, showing off her own manicure.
After touring the campus, Dr. Biden met privately with a group of girls to hear about their experiences.
One of the students who accompanied Dr. Biden was 16-year-old Luz Reyes. Reyes completed eighth and ninth grade in one year to reach her grade level.
“I know she’ll be successful,” Dr. Biden said, “she perseveres."
After her visit to Hogar Siembra, Dr. Biden concluded her trip to Costa Rica. She continues on to Peru, Argentina and Panama to address the advancement of women and girls in science, technology and business in the region.
Zach Dyer, reporter
The Tico Times