Mirsy B.

Mirsy B.

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More About Me

Community: Santiago
Grade: 7
Birthday: May 04, 2006
Favorite Subject: Math, because I get to learn about adding, subtracting, and dividing.

Dream: I want to be a teacher so I can teach impoverished kids in my community and so they can have the opportunity to get an education.

Biography: Mirsy and her family are originally from the state of Quetzaltenango and moved to Santiago Sacatepéquez in 2013 in search of better opportunities for work. Right now her dad works as a street vendor selling newspapers, and her mom does housework for a small and irregular wage which isn’t sufficient to cover the family’s needs. Mirsy’s family doesn’t have an adequate living space, so right now they rent a place for about $20 a month, but the building’s infrastructure is in such poor condition that the kitchen doesn’t have walls, and the rooms are made up from gathered wood, a little cement, and a dirt floor. Despite the weight of the needs facing Mirsy’s family, Mirsy wants to stay in school to be able to overcome their situation and support her family. Without the support of a scholarship from CoEd, Mirsy will probably need to work part-time, or maybe even full-time, so she can support her parents in meeting the cost of her education and in order for her to achieve her dream of being a teacher.

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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.

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