Erick S.

Erick S.

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More About Me

Community: Caquixajay
Grade: 7th
Birthday: 03/16/2007
Favorite Subject: My favorite subject is language.

Dream: I would like to become a teacher.

Biography: When I grow up I wish to become a teacher, so more kids in my community can have the opportunity to learn.
I have seven siblings and in total, there are nine in my family. My dad is a pea farmer and occasionally there is no good harvest because it’s ruined by gangs, lack of water, or my dad doesn’t have the money to sow and harvest. He also sows corn and beans so my family can eat. My dad also sells firewood and fights for us every day. During our free time, vacations and weekends, my siblings and I help my dad work the fields. My mom is a housewife who takes care of us. She also makes huipils and sells them.
My parents want me to continue my studies and are very responsible; however, they are aware of our reality and know that they won’t be able to afford all the school expenses and transportation because the school is far away. My parents have told me that they won’t be able to continue paying for my education. I will only be able to finish sixth grade and I will have to start working in the field.

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