Walqui M.

Walqui M.


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More About Me

Community: Yepocapa
Grade: 10
Birthday: April 09, 2003
Favorite Subject: Artistic expression, I like to make crafts and I enjoy art

Dream: I would like to graduate with a degree in hotel management and tourism because I want to know Guatemala

Biography: My family is struggling financially because my father had an accident at work which affected his ability to get a job. Our family of 6 survives on the money my father makes. My family has told me that I will only be able to study through junior high. I work really hard in school and turn in all of my assignments. I do have some challenges at school though – I have difficulty understanding some of my subjects but I still try really hard. I have to walk a mile to and from school each day. My family has our own house thanks to the help of a housing project that gave us the material about 10 years ago. During summer vacation I work in the fields cutting coffee and filling bags of soil that are used to plant coffee. I save the money I make to pay for tuition and school supplies the next year. During the school year I wash my neighbors’ clothes for a little bit of money which I also use to pay for school. I plan to study high school on the weekends so I can work during the week to help my parents with expenses. My mother is a housewife and sometimes works as a day laborer to bring in money for my family. Without the support of CoEd I will have to work as a day laborer on the farms, watering plants, and I will use the money I can save to cover the cost of my education.

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