The Greeting Card Scholarship Project
Many children living in El Hato are unable to attend school beyond the sixth grade. Tuition is costly and parents depend on their children to cook, tend to siblings, gather firewood, and earn what they can working. School represents both a cost and lost income.
The Greeting Card Scholarship Project allows students to earn while they learn, funds scholarships to defray the cost of fees and tuition, and provides resources for instruction. Participating students handcraft cards as thank you gifts to donors.
Tania and Thalia are both 2nd year scholarship students in third grade.
A Message for You
Dear Friends and Donors,
It has been moving to see how much your support means. Last year, donors like you made it possible for eight students to begin or continue their education through the Greeting Card Scholarship fund, and for 18 student artists to contribute to their family’s income through the card making groups.
This year, with your support, nine students have been awarded scholarships; two are newly enrolled and in school for the first time; four are second year scholarship students attending the third grade; two are now in their second year of middle school; and one is in high school. The Greeting Card Scholarship fund has also provided a much-needed academic tutor three days per week and crucial supplies for the year.
by Salina and Alejandra
A few years ago, a friend from Safe Passage introduced me to Walder. My friend happened to have land near El Hato and Walder’s father was the caretaker of his land, but he would regularly send Walder to work in his place. After some time, my friend got to know Walder. Walder was a straight A student all through elementary school and dreamed of continuing his studies, but due to financial stress, his family was not in the position to support his education and he was sent to work in the fields instead. My friend came to me and asked if we have a program to help teens like Walder. At the time our focus was primarily on preschool and elementary education and we did not have a program to support teens after they graduated 6th grade, but we decided to give it a try.
In 2015, Walder became our first scholarship student. He could continue working during the week while he studied on Saturdays. Walder is a shy, hardworking, and dedicated student. He is the third of five siblings. His father is a gardener and his mother takes care of the house. Walder’s earnings supplement the family income.
He dreams of one day completing high school and finding employment with a company in Antigua which would allow his family to sell the products they grow, which are flowers, corn, and beans.
Walder enjoys playing soccer in his free time and his favorite class is natural science because he gets to learn about the world and learn more about his country.
by Alejandra and Salina
Marta is 17 years old and is studying in her first year of high school. Marta is the oldest of eight children. Her mother cares for the house and her father is a mason, which is the village trade, and work is always scarce.
Marta hopes to find work as a bilingual secretary after she graduates. She hopes she will have a good job with an honest company which will allow her to help her parents and help pay for her siblings to continue their studies. In Marta’s free time, she likes to practice English and she enjoys art. She keeps a folder of her favorite drawings, her portfolio. Marta sees art as a way to express her thoughts and feelings.
Marta’s favorite classes are English, Computer, and Social Science. She knows she is developing skills that will serve her well once she enters into her profession.
Marta is always wearing a smile, eager to learn, and willing to help out her classmates. She is a bright, creative, and caring.
by Alejandra and Salina
Luis is eighteen years old and is in his second year of middle school. His father abandoned the family when Luis was seven years old, and ever since he has joined his mother and sister in providing financially. Luis’s mother cleans houses for a living and Luis works in an artisan’s shop in Antigua. Luis is the second oldest of five siblings.
In the little spare time he has, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends. He dreams of continuing his studies through university and becoming a (much needed) doctor in his village. His favorite subject is math.
Your donations help this program continue to grow and in turn help these students blossom into hard working, enthusiastic and intelligent individuals. Thank you so much and please keep supporting us!