Girls Waiting for a Sponsor

Brigida, Brigida, Devora, Marleny and Saq are applying from Cobán, on the other side of the mountains about 5 hours from Guatemala City. The villages are extremely poor, especially as you go east into limestone country. These girls were brought to our attention this month by the daughter of the local radio station announcer, who wants to help the poor in her region. Being the first girls from this region, there is additional risk, as we don’t have experience nor are we known in the poor villages. For a family to send their daughter so far away, is amazing. The applicants spent a big chunk of their monthly income and time to make two trips necessary for their applications.  I am personally amazed these people are applying, due to the distance and their costs. Due to the extreme poverty and distance, the yearly scholarship cost will be $1150.

This amount will cover admission fees, books, uniforms, tests, food and transportation for 1 year. Payment can be split into two installments in November and May.

They will need a sponsor in order to start their school year this January. Sponsors can choose which girl they want to help for the next three years. Your help will feed and educate a girl in need, who otherwise won’t even be attending school because of extreme poverty.
In this page you can read a summary of what they wrote on their applications as well as the impression from the interviewer.

We enormously appreciate your kind help. In addition, we have one applicant from Huehuetenango. She has been able to attend one year of high school, but the family can no longer help Yulisa.

Pledge Letter

 

Devora

14 years old
8 in the family
Family Income $127
Her share $16 per month
GPA 82% in 2017, 83 in 2016

Devora also went to the cows and pigs school.  Her recent GPAs are 82% and 83% with last year’s math 82, but her recent math grade 69%. The reason given was the cows and not understanding the teacher.  

She wrote:  she wants to be a good student for Guatemala. Her father works very hard for her, but can not help her further to be a professional.  She lives in a village where there is no clean water, phone service or roads. They walk an hour, then four hours to Coban. 

She wants to be a professional of value and active in helping her family so they can live in security. She wants to learn things that will help her in her life and other places.

Her middle school emphasized caring for poultry and pigs raising plants and cooking. The academic part was the normal middle school course though.

 

Marta

Age 17 ½
Family Income $127, her share is $18 per month.
GPA 81 in 2017 and 86 in 2016

Marta’s father has been borrowing money to fund the two children in school now. Two younger ones will need funding soon. Neither parent has had education, so it is amazing that they value education so much. 

She writes; she is practicing good virtues and qualities of her institution which is 1 ½ hours from home. It is difficult to travel because of traffic and dangers. 

In the future, she wants to be part of society, better herself and help her family. She wants to be proactive, intelligent, have initiative, motivated to have the capacity to help her family and society. In Guatemala, we need Mayan professionals to continue the practice of our culture. We should be guides to a good road socially for the nation. 

She learned basic characteristics and realize these are necessary personally and for her nation. 

She want to be a successful person, creative, have initiative, transform with an excellent attitude and responsibility.

Brigida

16 years old
8 in the family
Family income $140, her % $17.50
Her GPA  87%

Brigida is the first of applicants coming from Coban, on the other side of the mountains about 5 hours from Guatemala City. The villages are extremely poor, especially as you go east into limestone country. She was brought to our attention by the daughter of the local radio station announcer, who wants to help the poor in her region. Being the first girl from this region, there is additional risk, as we don’t have experience nor are we known in the poor villages. For a family to send their daughter so far away, is amazing. 

Brigida is 16 ½, lives with both parents and 8 siblings. Her father earns about $140 per month. Neither parent has been to school. 

Brigida wants to study more so she can help her siblings go to school in the future. She also wants to build a house for her parents, as the current one is made of wood (probably scraps). 

She does want to learn English and know to do so, she will have to live and eventually work far from home. She says she is a good candidate because she has gained good grades and overcome the many obstacles in her life. Her parents have helped her get her good grades.

When answering what else she though we might like to know about her, she said when she studies at her Mayan school, she guarded the pigs, herded the cows, learned to clean, etc. 

Her “English paragraph”. “My name is Brigida cacao xol, iam 16 yard old our fater juart in jeaven licin in may fader and may moter, tri sister and four brozers tenkui”   Well, for the third language, it was an effort. 

Her GPA is 83%. No photo at this time. 

Marleny

MARLENY ICO POP, of Mayan descent, is 16 ½. Her recent GPAs are 87.5%, then 83.5% with accounting at 87, math 72 and English 75%. Given the poor quality of her local school, this was an accomplishment. Her father completed 4th grade and her mother never went to school. There are six in her family, an older brother and a younger brother and little sister. Her parents earn about $4 per day selling what they grow. She has an older brother who works and contributes to the family. She writes she wants the scholarship because her family has no money for further education. She wants to study accounting so she can work to help her family. She wants to be a professional. She participated in a group of young people to learn more of agriculture so they could better their lives. Marleny spent considerable time in the application process since they heard the radio news story about the scholarship program. 

Saq

SAQ CHE COQ, also Mayan,  is 17 years old. Her GPA of 80% with accounting 78%, math 80% and English 83$. Neither parent attended school and with a family monthly income of $125, it is amazing Saq has made it this far. All four children are in school. Her older brother will graduate next year. She writes: Her father can’t afford high school, but since she was young girl, she knew it was necessary to better herself in order to help her family and community, because of the poverty, it is necessary to study. She wants a technical career to be a professional to have a future. She wants to help her parents and help her younger siblings have a future. She thinks she is worthy of a scholarship because of her poverty and she met the academic requirements.  She likes school and learning and would like to continue. She would be proud to be in the Spirit program and continuer her education.   She also claims qualities of strength of effort and knowledge of how they live in her region. In English she wrote: My name is Saq. My family is poor.

Send us an email with the girl of your choosing, to spirit@spiriteduc.org. Include your full  name and address as well as why you would like to sponsor the chosen girl.
We immensely appreciate your kindness.

This page was last updated on: 7/22/2017