Dennis G.

Dennis G.

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Community: Yepocapa
Grade: 10
Birthday: August 19, 2002
Favorite Subject: Mathematics, I like to solve problems

Dream: I dream of becoming a lawyer. I would like to help people and solve problems in a just way.

Biography: I am very sociable and dedicated to my studies. My parents often visit school. They want to support me but they don’t have a lot of money. Despite our financial conditions I always try to do my best in school. I work selling cell phones every Saturday and Sunday. I am responsible for cleaning the store and serving customers. I earn $3 a day for my work. My father works in a farm called El Recreo and earns $133/month. He works in the field as a manager. I will continue studying but will have to work Monday to Friday to cover the cost of my studies because my parents cannot support me. I will study on weekends and can only study in a two-year program because I will not be able to cover a three-year one. I will look for a job as a day laborer because they earn up to $6 a day and that is more than what I earn selling cell phones. I have six siblings – Lisbeth, Daily and Suami studied until 6th grade and then had to leave. Bryan only studied until third grade. They all stopped studying due to a lack of resources and were not able to cover their school costs. My younger brother Edvin studies in 5th grade and my sister Ceca studies in 2nd. They will likely have to leave school too. My parents believe that education can change our lives so they work hard to pay for our schooling (even though they’ve been unable to do this for my older siblings). I was able to study elementary school because I had a scholarship from the government to cover the costs of my tuition. I did not receive that scholarship this year so I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay in school. My father was born and raised on a farm. Both of my parents worked and lived on the farm for 29 years. 15 years ago they moved into a house of their own. They don’t own land to plant and the only thing we own is the small piece of land where we currently live. Without the support of CoEd it’s very likely that I will have to leave school as has happened with all of my older siblings.

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