José C.

José C.


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More About Me

Community: Yepocapa
Grade: 7
Birthday: September 13, 2004
Favorite Subject: Math, because I like adding and working with numbers.

Dream: I would like to be an engineer so I can help my family move forward.

Biography: I walk almost 4 miles to get to school, but despite this I never fail to study. My grades are low because where I live families don’t have economic resources, which is the case with my family who have a hard time providing the materials needed for me to turn in my homework. Because of the difficulties my family faces and the condition of the community where we live, my teachers have given me books to help me do my research projects. My parents are always looking out for me. Both work on a coffee plantation as caretakers and our family has lived here for ten years. We don’t have our own home but the owners of the coffee plantation lent this one to us. It has a refrigerator and stove but they are owned by the owner of the coffee plantation. Our family’s only possession is a TV. Our entire family works on the coffee plantation and cares for the home and all of the land. Between all of our family members we earn about $267 a month. My dad said that we only receive this amount if all of us (my siblings and my mom too) also work, or we are paid less. My dad went to school until 3rd grade and my mom is illiterate. They both want me to be able to study because they don’t want me to have to work in the field in the rain and sun like they do now, and because my mom is illiterate and never had the opportunity to go to school. I have great grades in school. I get up at 5:00 in the morning to leave. My parents are optimistic and look toward a brighter future, and said that I will be able to study but that I will probably have to leave school when I finish 3rd grade because after that the cost of education is much higher and they don’t have the means to give me that level of education.

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