Edilia F.

Edilia F.


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More About Me

Community: Santiago
Grade: 7
Birthday: May 25, 2006
Favorite Subject: Math, because adding, multiplying, and dividing come naturally to me.

Dream: I want to be a secretary so I can work in a business and serve their clients.

Biography: Edilia and her family are originally from the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez. Her family faces great economic challenges due to both of her parents being illiterate and because they have been unable to find stable work. Her dad works as a construction worker and makes about $33 a week, which only covers the cost of food for the family. Her mom is a housewife and depends on the earnings of Edilia’s father. Edilia has faced challenges finishing her studies because on several occasions she hasn’t had the necessary materials needed to do her homework. Despite these difficulties Edilia and her mom have been searching for resources to help Edilia achieve her dream of being able to graduate someday as a secretary and work in a bank. Edilia’s family currently lives in a cement-block house thanks to the support of FOGUAVI (The Guatemalan Housing Fund.) Without the help of the scholarship through CoEd it’s likely that Edilia will not be able to finish 6th grade, given that her parents aren’t financially stable or able to support their daughter. Because of this Edilia will be obligated to leave school and help in her house taking care of her younger siblings.

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