Pedro is 15 years old and is in his third year of high school. He has been in the Rayo de Sol scholarship program for three years. Because of his family’s economic situation, Pedro has to work every day, selling tortillas. Since he studies in the afternoon, he spends every morning on his bicycle, selling tortillas in surrounding neighborhoods. Because he had little time left over for his schoolwork, Pedro was in danger of failing several classes.
When our staff noticed how poorly he was doing in school, they helped him to find a better way to manage his time. They set up a study schedule with him and agreed to tutor him in the classes in which he had most difficulty. In our office, we have a small library of books for high school students, which Pedro quickly put to use.
Pedro now comes to our office for an hour every day, after selling his tortillas and before going to school. He has developed trusting relationships with our staff, which has enabled him to ask for help when he needs it. Pedro knows that education is the key to creating a better future for himself and his family. He has learned that perseverance is the secret to his success in school and in life.
Julieth is nine years old and is in the third grade at the 15 de Septiembre school in Matagalpa. She lives with her grandparents because both her mother and father had to migrate to Costa Rica to look for work. The economic situation in Nicaragua has worsened with the political crisis and many adults simply can’t find enough work to support their families. Because of her unstable family situation, Julieth had behavioral problems at school and great difficulty learning to read.
Last year, she began to participate in our Discipleship program, where our staff could work closely with her and help her both personally and academically. Julieth has shown amazing progress and she was recently selected to represent her classroom in the Independence Day celebrations, because of her academic excellence. Her teacher has marveled at the way her interaction with other students has improved, as well as her reading skills. Julieth has also joined the reading club at her school, organized by Rayo de Sol’s education team.
Julieth loves to participate in Discipleship activities because she doesn’t just have fun, she also studies Biblical lessons that can be applied to her own life. We are so proud of Julieth for her determination. We know she is destined to do great things in her life.