Denilson C.

Denilson C.


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More About Me

Community: Paley
Grade: 7
Birthday: February 21, 2006
Favorite Subject: Math, because I like to solve equations.

Dream: I dream of becoming an expert accountant, because I like solving problems and I see myself working in finances for a business.

Biography: I’m part of a big family of few resources. I have 11 siblings, 6 of whom left school after finishing third grade due to our lack of economic resources; only one older brother has gotten the chance to go to high school, but in order to be able to study and work he had to move to Chimaltenango. (Chilmaltenango is the state capitol and Is located about 43 miles from our community.) My four younger siblings go to the elementary school in our community, which contributes to our family’s economic situation because our parents cannot afford to cover the cost of education for all of us. My family’s academic history points to me leaving school after third grade. During summer break, I leave to work cutting coffee plants in the community in order to save money to buy materials for the next school year. During the school year I work clearing fields. My mom is a housewife, so our economic situation is dependent on the money my dad earns. Because of the lack of work available in our community, my dad immigrated temporarily to Escuintla, another department in Guatemala that is about 93 miles from where we live, in order to work on a coffee plantation. My dad travels three times a year, and each time he stays one month away from home. When my dad is home in the community he works as a day laborer in the field. Before he leaves for his trips to Escuintla, my dad leaves corn and beans for our family to eat for the month while he’s gone, but often it isn’t enough to last the entire month so some of my siblings work in order to afford food for our family. Despite the weight of our economic condition, I’ve done well in school, but without the support of CoEd I will have to leave school after this year and work full time in the field.

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