The school year begins in late January/early February in Guatemala, and we’ve recently received a report on some of this year’s scholarship students.
Karina Hernandez Castellanos is 16 years old and is from the community of Valle de Oro in the department of Chimaltenango. She is the fourth daughter in a family of 8 children. She has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She attends Liceo Cristiano Jerusalem in a weekend program because the school is too far away to travel to each day. She is the first woman from her community to attend basico (middle school), and this is her first year in our scholarship program.
Amanda Elizabeth Rax is 18 years old and is from the community of Chuisac Varituc. She is the fourth daughter in a family with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She also attends weekend classes at the Liceo Cristiano Jerusalen school. Her father did not want her to continue school because of the expense of transportation, so this scholarship enables her to continue her studies. Her and her sister were both born with cleft lips but with financial help, they were able to have reconstructive surgery. This is Amanda’s third year in the scholarship program and she has very good grades.
Myra Adelina Castellanos Culpatán is 15 years old and is from the community of Tierra Colorada. She is the second daughter in a family with five children. She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She studies at the Escuela Norma Bilingüe Para Maestros Nim Na´oj in San Martin Jilotepeque. She was selected for the scholarship program last year because she received good grades at a Miracles-sponsored school in her community.