How would you pay for your child’s education when your annual income is less than $500? Gabino’s mother faced this on a daily basis. He is the youngest of three brothers, the oldest blinded by his enraged father and the middle born with Grand Mal seizures. Starting at a young age, Gabino was the “man” of the house taking care of his older siblings. Smart and personable, Gabino came to the attention of our partner, ADIZ and was embraced by a caring and supporting sponsor (known as a godparent in Guatemala). Gabino is finishing his last year of middle school.
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Dominga is the first of her family to finish elementary school. She did so in her native Maya dialect with Spanish as a second language. When she applied for the Amigos de Guatemala scholarship, Dominga felt intimidated by Spanish. Through middle and high school, Dominga overcame her fear of Spanish, became a self-assured young lady and began to conquer English. Today Dominga teaches English in the Middle School where she started while working toward a college degree in English at a nearby university.
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The BIG news is the new Amigos de Guatemala library for the scholarship students and the community of Zacualpa.
The library construction was completed in September, 2012 and furnished in January, 2013 with the latest in computer, internet, audio and visual teaching aids.