More About Me
Community: Las Camelias
Favorite Subject: My favorite subject is art because I like painting and drawing.
Dream: I would like to become a nurse because I like medicine.
Biography: My name is Elida and I like studying. I am counting on this opportunity and support that will allow my parents to let me continue my studies. I dream of someday being a doctor or nurse. I really like working and helping my family. I live with my parents. My mother is a housewife and is always looking out for us. I am the oldest of eight siblings and I have to take care of them. My father is a day laborer in the countryside. I left my studies for two years because I failed a year, since I didn’t have the materials to do my homework. My brothers have also stopped studying for the same reason. My father told me that he wants me to study and get good grades, but the lack of money and resources makes it difficult for me. He said that I will have to drop out if I don’t have support. This is my only hope for continuing with my studies and making my dreams come true to support my family and have a better quality of life.
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.
Scroll up to sponsor your chosen student!
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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