More About Me
Community: Santa Lucia
Birthday: April 07, 2003
Favorite Subject: Music, because I like instruments.
Dream: I want to be a teacher because I want to teach little kids how to read and write.
Biography: I am part of a large family. I have eight siblings, four are older than me and none of them have been able to graduate due to lack of economic resources. My dad works as a day laborer and my mom takes on various responsibilities to support our family financially, such as hand-washing clothing for neighbors. I like sports, and I have a twin brother that I am really close to. My twin brother, Wellington, in the same grade as me and our economic conditions don’t allow for both of us to continue studying. Our family doesn’t have our own land for planting, so my dad rents four plots of land in order to grow corn and beans. 50% of the harvest is used for us to eat and the other 50% we sell at the local market for income. Due to our harvest being small, my dad works as a day laborer with some of our neighbors and earns about $6.70 a day. Sadly the work in our community is scarce, mainly in the summer, because our communities don’t have an irrigation system for our crops. My dad is illiterate and my mom was only able to go to school until 2nd grade. Both of my parents want me to be able to study because they don’t want me to work in the field under the sun and in the rain. They hope to see me become a professional and find a dignified job because life without an education is so difficult.
How Sponsorship Works
1 Sponsor a student today.
Meet the students who are waiting for your support, and choose a student who you connect with! Future doctors, accountants, teachers, and artists are waiting in the wings.
You can provide a full sponsorship for $80/mo or a half sponsorship for $40/mo.
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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.
You can help a student beat the odds by becoming a sponsor today.
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