More About Me
Birthday: June 23, 2006
Favorite Subject: Math because it’s a good subject to learn.
Dream: I want to be a mechanic so I can fix things and earn a living.
Biography: I dream of graduating one day, becoming a mechanic and earning a living. I am an attentive and responsible student. I participate in class, get good grades, and I think I am a good leader in school. Right now I work in the fields on the weekends by cleaning or fertilizing corn. I am paid $3.75 / day. I also help out by cutting firewood for our family. My dad is a farmer–he grows corn and beans for our family and lima beans and peas to sell in the market. Sometimes he’s not able to sell all of his goods, so he has to lower the price by a lot. Because of that he has to work other places that don’t pay him that much. My mom is a homemaker, but she also makes traditional Mayan clothing. Each piece takes about a week to sew and she gets paid about $4 per item. My parents are older and their aging affects their ability to work and support their children’s education. They want us to have an education so we don’t have to work in the fields under the sun and rain. They don’t want us to have a difficult life without an education like they have had. They are very supportive of me and my studies because they believe that education is the best thing for my future and they want me to have better opportunities than they had.
How Sponsorship Works
1 Sponsor a student today.
Meet the students who are waiting for your support, and choose a student who you connect with! Future doctors, accountants, teachers, and artists are waiting in the wings.
You can provide a full sponsorship for $80/mo or a half sponsorship for $40/mo.
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2 Help your new friend rise.
Thanks to you, your student's life will begin to change as they benefit from comprehensive support services in the Rise Program:
- a full academic scholarship
- psychologists, social workers, and mentors
- workshops on topics like job skills and leadership
- visits to businesses and universities
- opportunities to serve in his or her community as a young leader
3 Be changed forever.
We'll keep you regularly updated on your student's progress, and you will also have the opportunity to exchange letters and photos with your student and even visit them in Guatemala! You'll experience the joy and pride of helping your student grow as you become part of each other's stories.
What Is Guatemala Like?
Guatemala’s Western Highlands exhibit one of the most extreme combinations of systemic poverty, illiteracy, and inequality in the hemisphere. 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, and 1 in 3 cannot read or write.
Students face overwhelming obstacles to stay in school:
- lack of financial resources
- pressure to marry early
- alcoholism or abuse in their homes
- gang culture
- lack of familial support
- belief that education is not worth investing in
As a result, 95% of poor, rural students never graduate from high school.
You can help a student beat the odds by becoming a sponsor today.
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