Change a Life, Educate a Child

Dec 27, 2011

Sandra's long journey



This Christmas, as we give thanks for our families and our lives, we encourage you to remember  those less-fortunate. We hope you’ll remember people like Sandra as you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.


Sandra won an award for attendance and punctuality at Scheel Center this year. The remarkable thing about this young woman isn’t that she was never absent or late from school this year…it’s that she wakes up at 3 AM every day to make it to class on time.

Sandra lives in a very remote area. The closest bus stop is an hour’s walk from her family’s small farm. Then, she takes two transfers to get to school. After classes, Sandra doesn’t linger around the courtyard to gossip with her friends. Instead, she starts the long journey home so she can be there before nightfall.

This girl has big dreams for her future. She is an artist at heart and loves to sing and play guitar. It is rare to find this kind of dedication in anyone, much less in a teenage girl who is already the most well-educated member of her family.

This Christmas, we hope that you’ll take a moment to reflect upon your good fortune and the struggles of those who were born into a different life. We hope you’ll remember Sandra and her determination to have a better life as you celebrate with your loved ones. And we hope that you’ll be generous in this season of giving with a donation that encourages Sandra and the other 150 Scheel students that they are never alone on their long journey.



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Project Leader

Jose Roberto Arevalo

La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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