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Our History

The story of CENAES began in 2003 when Mario Gamboa, a Peruvian immigrant, started his life in Washington, D.C. While working various jobs, he began a contracting business of gardening and painting, eventually hiring a few workers as his business grew. One hot afternoon, Mario left written instructions for his workers, only to discover upon his return that they could not read. Concerned that they would be fired for their lack of education, Mario invited them to his home to teach them himself.

At CENAES, we aim to provide comprehensive literacy services to adult Latino immigrants who could not complete their basic primary education in their countries of origin. Our focus is on teaching them to read and write in Spanish, empowering them with essential skills to help them achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. We believe that education is a fundamental right, and our goal is to ensure everyone has access to the resources they need to succeed.


CENAES' mission is to teach reading and writing in Spanish to our Latino adult immigrants who were unable to study or did not finish their basic primary education in their countries of origin.



We want to expand our organization throughout the 50 states of the United States, where people need us, to provide and maintain access to education in the area of literacy for the well-being and development of the Latino community.

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