Wendy A.

Wendy A.

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More About Me

Community: Patzun
Grade: 7
Birthday: August 16, 2004
Favorite Subject: Math. I like numbers.

Dream: I want to be a teacher so I can take care of kids and help them have a better future.

Biography: I have a big family with limited means. We don’t have our own house, so currently we live in a family member’s house who lets us live there rent free. My dad works as an assistant on a bus and earns wages of $6 a day. My mom is a housewife and from time to time works as a housekeeper. I have 7 older siblings. Marlon and Gloria didn’t finish middle school because of a lack of money. Currently my older sister is in 10th grade in a weekend program because she has to work Monday through Friday. She uses what she earns to buy the materials that her school requires her to have. Despite my family’s struggles I really want to keep studying so I can achieve my goal of becoming a teacher. Without the support of COED, I would likely have to quit school after the 6th grade because I need to help out at home.

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