Gerber S.

Gerber S.


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More About Me

Community: Chimazat
Grade: 7th
Birthday: 03/10/2007
Favorite Subject: My favorite class is Kaqchikel because it is the language I speak.

Dream: I would like to become a chef to cook.

Biography: I’m Gerber. I’m passionate about learning more of the language Kaqchikel and its origins because it’s my native language. Also, I really like to study. My dream is to become a chef and cook a variety of dishes. I live in my uncle’s house and we pay rent because my father passed away two years ago in an accident. We were living in another community with my dad’s family, but now we are living with my mom’s family because there is a little bit more field work here, where they can give us work and we can continue with our lives. My mom is a housekeeper. She works in other peoples’ houses and washes their clothes. She also makes güipiles fabrics when requested to do so, and she goes out to work in the field cutting mount of crop. In the evenings when I return from studying, I work in the field to cut the strawberry leaves and they pay me Q10.00 ($1.25) for half a day, which I give to my mom to use for what we may need in the house. I feel committed and encouraged to study. To be provided with the sponsorship is the only opportunity that I have to continue with my studies and to be able to make my dreams real.

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