Odilia T.

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More About Me

Community: Caquixajay
Grade: 10
Birthday: October 12, 2002
Favorite Subject: Social Science, because it talks about politics and law, and I like that.

Dream: I want to become a chef because I like to cook and I want to learn different culinary techniques.

Biography: I am responsible and have high academic performance. I only managed to study up to eighth grade because I didn’t have much financial support from my family. During school breaks, I work weaving fabric so that I can help my family with household expenses. I don’t like that my family has to suffer so much because they lack financial resources. Because my family has so many needs, my father started working as a security guard in the capital and also in the fields. Every fifteen days he comes home to visit us and attend to our needs. My mother is a housewife, and she also weaves fabric, which she sells for around $25 (US) each month. It’s been difficult for me to study because it’s far and hard to reach. My father doesn’t like me traveling early in the mornings or at night because I am a woman, but he thinks that if I were a man, there wouldn’t be any danger. My mom also says its hard for me to study because we don’t have a lot of economic resources, that it’s hard for our family to cover all the school expenses. My parents want me to study because they think that without an education, life is difficult, and they want me to have a better life and overcome. They both believe a scholarship from COED is an opportunity to realize my dreams.

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