Many students living in poverty face extra challenges to complete their education.
In addition to tuition and fees, students may have to work a part-time job to make ends meet. Access to quality schools may be limited. Some students must walk or commute many miles to the nearest school.
Their determination and commitment to finishing school testifies to the fact that education is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty.
In late 2010, the Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala celebrated the upcoming high school graduation of sponsored and scholarship students. Of the 246 graduating seniors formally invited, 108 students attended, with parents and CFCA staff proudly supporting them.
Guatemalan students in the CFCA program celebrate their graduation from high school.
Hermano Pedro staff said this was a way to celebrate the studentsí achievements and to reinforce their feeling of belonging to a community that cares about them. It also served as an orientation for their future educational options.
The students heard an inspirational lecture from Lic. Leonel Estrada, who emphasized having clear goals and maintaining purpose in life.
Then Maria Cristina, who was sponsored through CFCA and is now a doctor and surgeon, spoke to the new graduates about her studies, her family’s unconditional support and CFCA’s presence in her life.
PantaleÛn, a graduate and sponsored child for 12 years, identified with Maria Cristinaís testament of CFCAís value.
ìSponsorship has been a great help for me,î said the 19-year-old. ìGod has given me the opportunity to belong to the program, and that is a great blessing for me and for my family. I have received school supplies, food, clothing and many things that have been of great help at home. My parents and I are grateful for all that has been given to us. It is an honor to be in the foundation.î
PantaleÛn studied to be an adjuster during his high school internship and hopes to get a job at a business firm, where he can save enough to one day attend a university and study to be a lawyer and notary public.
During the convocation, awards were presented to the top students. The event culminated with a prayer and a promise to try each day to be a better person.