The social programs conducted by the artisans have led to profound changes not only in their lives but also in their communities. Last year the artisans wanted to undertake a new project that would benefit the community. They conducted a survey in their neighborhoods to determine problems. One issue that came up was one they could fully understand: the children's future. The decision was taken to focus on what they could do for the children and education. The resulting program, "Education for life," encompasses three areas of need: helping parents understand the educational system; promoting learning and life skills for young people; and providing career guidance.We have opened a study hall (a quiet space in a noisy world) and computer center in the neighborhood. Counselors there provide instruction in computer programs that are not taught in school, such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Children 18 years and older can participate in a Career Ready program, where they explore their dreams, assess skills and learn about various options and opportunities. Innovative life skill programs deal with such things as communication, respect, critical thinking and problem solving using drama, art and games. The ultimate goal is to help these children deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life.