Sheila P.

Sheila P.


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More About Me

Community: Pajales
Grade: 7
Birthday: December 28, 2005
Favorite Subject: Mathematics, I like operations.

Dream: Graduate as a professional nurse so that I can take care of the sick.

Biography: I do not have the support of my dad, and my mom does not have a stable job and works washing clothes of neighbors in our community. The financial conditions of my family are poor, mainly because the income of my mom is low and unstable, and not having a husband makes the situation very difficult. My family and I live in a house with my grandparents and only have one room to live in. I am shy, but I like to study. I have difficulties with some courses, but I try to get better day by day. My mom and I sleep in one room made out of reeds. I have the desire to study so that my mom will stop work and I can cover the costs of the house. I dream to have a better future and do not want to suffer as my mother is currently suffering. My mother believes education is the key to breaking out of poverty and she believes that I will continue studying. Without the support of a CoEd sponsorship, though, it is very probable that I will have to leave school.

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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.

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