More About Me
Community: Hacienda Maria
Favorite Subject: English, because I like to learn other languages.
Dream: I want to become a doctor. I want to make money so I can build a house.
Biography: I am 12 years old. I am Selvin; I like to study, hand in my homework, and lead groups at school. I live with my family. My mom works at home and makes weavings, which take an average of 3 months to complete and bring about $37 (300Q) each. My father works as a mason’s helper, but unfortunately has had troubles with alcohol. He drinks constantly and this makes it difficult for him to find a stable job. For this reason, my older sister quit after first grade of primary because of lack of money. Another of my brothers only made it through third grade largely because one of my uncles helped him get that far. He now works and has abandoned his studies as have all the others. They have moved to the capital city of Guatemala where they work “packing papayas and avocados.” This work has allowed us to cover our basic costs. Despite all these difficulties, my dream is to be a professional and have a job and better pay to support my family; only the scholarship will give me the opportunity to reach my goals of having a better future.
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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