More About Me
Community: Las Camelias
Favorite Subject: Mathematics
Biography: My name is Marta. I live in the village of Las Camelias, Patzún Chimaltenango. I am 12 years old, and I live with my parents and my 4 brothers and 3 sisters. My father grows peas, corn, onions, güicoy and zucchini. My mother helps my father in the fields, but there are also days when she goes out to work as a day laborer. In my free time, I work for a family doing cleaning, attending the family store, and preparing ice cream, chocolate pineapples, strawberries, and papayas because they sell snacks at school. I work for the economic needs of my family because my parents sometimes can not buy my school supplies or cannot give me money for my snacks. My father works but sometimes they do not pay him for what he harvests. I like singing a lot. My favorite subject is English because I want to learn another language, and I like Kaqchikel the Mayan language because it helps me strengthen my mother tongue. I dream of being a doctor to help people who are sick in my community with the support of the scholarship I will be a professional woman and I will be able to support my family.
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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