More About Me
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.
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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COED runs on passion and efficiency in a way that is unparalleled in my experience.Dee Oppedisano