Sharon

Sharon

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More About Me

Community: Caliaj
Grade: 7
Birthday: June 29, 2006
Favorite Subject: Mathematics, because I like to do math problems.

Dream: I want to be a doctor because I want to help people and I wish to continue studying.

Biography: I am an only child, and together with my mom we have been able to overcome a lot of adversities. My parents divorced when I was young because my father emigrated to the United States, started a new family, and left us behind. I want to become a doctor, I decided this after my mother was diagnosed with a tumor and had an operation. This operation stopped my mother from working for a long time and I had to help and support her. My mother believes in me and knows that education is the only way for me to have a better future. My mother knits and does the wash with the neighbors to raise money for our household. I work with the neighbors to help my mother. We moved to a new community a couple years ago because despite my parent’s separation, my father still threatened my mother a lot. We had to work a lot when moving to the community because the criteria is that those who are not residents or natives of the place are charged Q8000 ($1000) to be able to live quietly in the community. When there is no work in the community my mother works at home weaving into long hours of the night. Despite all her hard work, my mother cannot support me in my studies. I have big dreams, but without a scholarship from COED, I won’t be able to continue studying.

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