Fátima C.

Fátima C.


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Community: Yepocapa
Grade: 10
Birthday: June 02, 2003
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Dream: I want to graduate as a preschool teacher because I like decorating and I like kids.

Biography: I work really hard at school, am there on time and turn in all of my assignments. My family is very large – I have 10 siblings. We don’t have a lot of money and the money my parents earn isn’t enough to cover the cost of all of our expenses – including our studies. Despite our financial situation, I do well in school. My favorite subject is theater because I like to act and decorate scenery. During school vacation I work cutting coffee and earn $3/day. I used that money to buy a backpack and school shoes. On weekends I help my mother prepare food for my father to take to work since he works in Antigua and returns every week (we prepare his food for several days). If I don’t get the CoEd scholarship it’s likely I’ll need to stop studying because my older brother is in high school and my parents don’t have enough money to support us both. Because I’m in a lower grade than my brother I will have to be the one to leave. My family plants coffee and the sale of that coffee helps to cover our expenses. My older siblings worked to put themselves through school, but all except one had to drop out at some point. My parents only were able to study until 2nd and 3rd grades. Without the support of CoEd I will have to leave my studies at the end of this year and will have to work full time.

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