Luisa is a 13-year-old girl who lives with her parents and grandparents on the premises of the San Felipe school, as her grandmother is the school’s caretaker.
Luisa joined the Scholarships for Girls Program at the age of 10, when she was in 4th grade, and has stood out for being a very responsible, cheerful and studious student. In addition, she has shown herself to be a leader in the training sessions, because she always coordinates the group’s activities.
At the closing ceremony of 6th grade, the girl presented her life project, where she emphasised her desire to continue her studies and her enthusiasm for the change of level, but also the expectations she had of getting much closer to her dream: to become a professional, although at that time she was not sure of the profession she would choose.
However, she is now studying 1st grade at the community high school. Because of the pandemic, her classes are distance learning, which has made it difficult for her to complete her homework. However, her father supports her as much as he can, as he did not have the opportunity to study.
Even so, this has never been an obstacle for him to help her with her work, handicrafts or explanations of something she does not understand, as his experience of living near the school has helped him gain knowledge. And the same is true for María, as she has taken advantage of it to have more time with the teachers and to learn a little more from them.
She tells us that her life project is to graduate as a teacher so that she can teach the children, with patience, love and kindness, in the same way that her father has been teaching her things for her personal and academic life.
“Climbing is like life itself: there are hard knocks and intense emotions when ascending towards a goal, but it is what gives us the most satisfaction”.
At 12 years old, Camila has had to go through difficult situations that have marked her life; one of them is living far from her mother, since she is working in the capital in order to continue supporting her daughter in her studies and give her a better quality of life. Camila lives with her grandmother, who, with her tenderness and love, takes care of her. She is like a mother to her.
The girl is very intelligent, but nevertheless has had difficulty adapting to the changes that have been generated in the educational system due to the pandemic. And at home, her grandmother would like to help her, but she cannot read or write.
Despite everything, Camila has looked for ways to get ahead. From the ‘Scholarship Project’ she was supported with school supplies, so that she could advance with her homework, and thus minimize the expenses that are incurred with the new virtual study methodology. She tries to do her homework well and on time, all in order to achieve a good average and have more opportunities to continue in the basic cycle.
Her friends are an important part of her personal and educational life; they explain to her and look for solutions when Camila does not understand some of the subjects she has learned.
The girl started the project with the hope that she would be supported to fulfill her dream of graduating, to be a professional, and thus be able to support her grandmother. Now she is happy because she feels closer and closer to that goal.
Who hasn't daydreamed at some point?
We have all at one time or another dreamed about our future, imagining what some aspect of our life would be like, and we don't turn back until we achieve our heart's desires.
This is the case of Brevelyn, a 13 year-old girl; dreamer, friendly, and very perseverant. Her greatest desire is to finish her studies with excellence and find a job that will allow her to help her mother financially. In particular, she wants her younger siblings to have more opportunities to study, as she had, thanks to the support of the 'Scholarship Project'.
Brevelyn joined at the age of 9, in the fourth grade, when she was a shy and uninvolved child. At the beginning of the Project's trainings, the girl did not talk to any of her classmates, but as time went by, she was included in activities and, little by little, Brevelyn overcame her shyness.
The girl's mother is the one who encourages her, supports her and, above all, provides for her to continue her studies. At the beginning of the year, Brevelyn did not want to study high school, since she saw all the efforts her mother made to give her the opportunity to study, and the girl's desire was to help her to reduce her work.
Knowing this situation, the 'Scholarship Project' support her with school supplies so that the girl didn’t have difficulties in the delivery of her homework.
She is currently in the 1st year of high school, has improved her responsibility in handing in her homework and has a good friendship with all the girls in her grade. This is largely due to the training she has received. She has been told about the importance of forming good friendships, living values, and education as a basis for success in life.
In the Scholarship Project we reinforce habits, strengthen skills and, above all, practice values. One of the most important is friendship, one of the most beautiful human relationships that can be formed at any stage of life.
This is the story of Estrella, a 13-year-old girl who lives in Cantón Ayutia, in the municipality of Retalhuleu. She is a responsible, cheerful, cooperative, attentive and, above all, very dedicated young woman. She is currently in first year of high school in her community and, despite not being able to attend classes due to the pandemic, she makes an effort to complete her homework with care and punctuality.
When Estrella entered the Scholarship Project, she was very shy and had almost no friends in the community because she lived elsewhere. As time went by, she got to know her classmates and created a beautiful friendship with each one of them. Her friends come to her house to do some tasks that they do not understand, and she helps them by solving doubts.
She especially helps her friend Breverly, because she suffered an accident and fractured her right hand. Since they are such good friends, Estrella helps her with homework. Breverly tells us with great joy that Estrella is the one who has encouraged her to stay in school, for which she is very grateful to have her support and above all her friendship and sincere affection.
Estrella is the oldest sister of three and has all the support of her mother to continue with her studies. Her family is very united, it is a home full of love, tenderness and solidarity.
Star’s dream is to graduate, and she is sure she will achieve it. She wants to be a successful professional.
Karin is part of the Scholarships for Girls Program since 4 years ago, when she was in 4th grade. At the beginning she was very introverted and shy, but with the passage of time she has stood out for being a cheerful, collaborative and dilligent girl.
In 2020, the Scholarships Program held a story contest, she participated along with several girls from the different areas where the project is involved. She invented the story “Las quinceañeras”, about a girl who dreamed together with her two best friends to celebrate their 15th birthday, have a party and thus be the beautiful princesses of the event, with this story she won third place at the project level.
When she was told that she was a winner, with tears in her eyes she said “I BELIEVE IN MYSELF, I am capable of achieving my dreams, I have confidence in myself and thanks to the Scholarships Program I am going to finish my studies.”
Karin is currently in 7th grade at her community high school, this time of pandemic has affected her, she misses the classes and her classmates. She has the support of her mother, who takes the time to help her with her study guides and homework, and together they make a good team.
Karin is a young girl with many dreams and goals to achieve, her self-confidence is one of her strengths because every day she dares to fight for what she wants, although it is not always easy, she knows that if she makes an effort she can become a successful professional.
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