More About Me
Favorite Subject: English
Dream: To be a nurse.
Biography: My name is Sherly. I am 12 years old and live in Cerritos Patzicia. I live alone with my mom. She sews “güipiles” (traditional embroidery and textiles) for a living. She does crafts, or works in the field when she lands a job with other people. I have five siblings. Once in a while I help my sisters, who are married, take care of their children, or I help them with their house chores. I like to bring firewood from the valley or from the river. I like to sew. I have a lot of dreams, I want to be a nurse so I can help my mom and my town’s people when they fall ill. I currently go to Cerritos Elementary School. I am in 6th grade, and I know if I continue with my studies I will learn a lot of things. I love learning English because I can speak another language. My sisters were not able to go to school due to the lack of money, but I know my mom is doing all she can so I can attend school. On some occasions when I am asked for supplies she goes, looks for them or rents them and gives them to me. I know studying will open up a lot of doors for me.
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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.
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