More About Me
Birthday: September 14th, 2005
Favorite Subject: Mathematics, I like to do math problems.
Dream: I want to be a teacher so I can teach others.
Biography: I dream to one day be a teacher so I can help the children in my community who don’t have access to education. I try my best in school, participate in class, do all of my school work and get along with the kids in my class. I have a big family with seven siblings and nine family members who live at home. When I’m not in school I help my father work in the field. My father supports my education and wants me to be in school because he believes that education can change my life. Even though he is supportive, unfortunately our income is so low it will be difficult for me to stay in school. My father is a farmer and he used to plant peas. Several times he lost his crops which caused us a lot of financial strain. Now he plants corn. While he waits for the time to harvest, he works for other people who pay him about Q 35.00 ($4.37) a day. Since this is such a small income, he also sells wood. My mother is a housewife and she weaves textiles. In my community there are not a lot of opportunities for growth or employment – the only way to make money is to work in the field. My mom doesn’t want me or my siblings to go through the same thing she did – to work very hard and not achieve much. I know I can be successful but my parents aren’t able to pay for my studies, even though they want to. They will only be able to pay for my school until 6th grade and then I will have to leave school and work alongside my father in the field. I want to study so I have a better opportunity for a better future with permanent work and I won’t always have to work in the fields.
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.
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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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