Heylin T.

Heylin T.

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More About Me

Community: Santiago
Grade: 6th
Birthday: 04/27/2008
Favorite Subject: Mathematics

Dream: Doctor

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.

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