More About Me
Favorite Subject: Mathematics
Biography: My name is Heylin and I am 11 years old. I live with my parents and younger brother. My mother is a housewife and my father works as a builder. He returns to the house at 5:00 in the afternoon and leaves the house at 7:00 AM. My mother also sometimes washes clothes and is paid 30 quetzales ($4.50) for this work. She also washes our clothes in the community water tank. When I was younger, I remember that we went to the fair and I rode a pony. Now our economic situation is difficult. I want to study so I can have a better future with more possibilities and opportunities for my family. On occasion, I also help my mom clean the house. I want to play with my little sister and run around or play with dolls. On weekends, I play, I go to church with my mom and dad, and we visit my grandparents. I like to read books about princesses, like Sleeping Beauty. I like to eat hilachas (a shredded beef dish). My favorite colors are pink and purple because they are happy colors. My dream is to graduate as a doctor of medicine so I can help many people who are sick and who don’t have the possibility to pay.
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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