We have sponsored Sonia for a little over a year now. She lives in Guatemala and is 17 years old. In her free time, she enjoys running and riding her bicycle. She is the youngest of three daughters and is being raised by a single mom. She has told us many times in her letters how fortunate she feels to have such a wonderful mother – they are very close, and despite some challenging circumstances, her mother is determined to make sure Sonia achieves her goals in life.
One of the many things I love about Children International is having the ability to ask about our kids’ educational situations: how they’re doing in school, what their future plans are, etc. In Sonia’s case, when I inquired last fall, I was told that she had recently completed the 9th grade (already an impressive achievement, since only 6 years of schooling are required in Guatemala). She is an excellent student who dreams of becoming a teacher.
Unfortunately, however, school gets more expensive as kids get older in Guatemala. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge already, the public schools can run out of space, which is what happened in Sonia’s case. CI came back to us with costs to enroll Sonia in private school so that she can continue her education – otherwise, she was out of options for the moment. Fortunately, we were able to work some magic and commit to covering her school tuition and expenses for 2018, and we are currently preparing to send the third of four installments in the coming week.
In her most recent letter, Sonia said that she hopes I won’t forget about her and she thinks of me often. Well, I’m very excited to share that I will have the opportunity to meet Sonia—and three of our other girls—in April/May 2018! I’m looking forward to spending some time with her and her mother and getting to know them better. In the meanwhile, it’s an amazing feeling to know that we’re helping shape her future by making sure she’s able to stay in school.
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