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Save some money. Study hard. Achieve your dream! Simple, right?
But life is not that easy for kids like Fanny in Colombia.
1. Her father, a farmer, earned less than $10 a day.
2. She faced discrimination because she’s female.
3. She was at risk for gang-related violence and sexual exploitation.
4. As an unskilled teen, she faced twice the unemployment rate of unskilled adults — all fighting for the worst jobs available.
1. She was an excellent student.
2. She had a talent for science.
3. She had the foundational support from CI on which to build a solid future.
4. Bonus! She qualified for and earned a HOPE* scholarship from CI.
*Helping Overcome Poverty through Education
That extra financial aid allowed Fanny to begin studies as a nursing assistant. Eventually, she wants to work in occupational health. Maybe as a doctor. She says she wants to make her family proud and help her community.
Discover why we’ve got such faith in this dedicated young woman!
I have a dream that I want to make come true, and it is to work in occupational health. Since I was a child, I dreamed about being a doctor to save lives. From that time, I loved sciences and that is why I made a big effort in these subjects. Little by little, when I began high school, I found out that chemistry was a fascinating world.
When I came to know the opportunities that Children International offers, I immediately decided to apply for a HOPE scholarship. I figured out the meaning of that word in Spanish and realized that it was about "being hopeful." It is what I feel, because I have the desire to be a great professional.
At CI, I received help to study a technical field and, when I finish, I know that it will give me the opportunity to work and, later, to pay for my professional studies. Despite my family's lack of means, I want to keep ahead and fulfill my goals. I want to have a great job and work with my hands for what I want.
I want my family to be proud of me, and [I want] to have a different future compared to the youth around me in my community, some of those who have not had the opportunities that I have taken in the leadership program of the agency.
I will always be very grateful with CI for opening the door for me to make this long-awaited dream come true.
Make a donation to support CI’s HOPE scholarship and Career Readiness programs. All donations will be matched up to $250,000!
Helps teens pay for extra education when a family can’t afford it, such as vocational training and post-secondary school (including tuition, books and transportation).
Teens learn job skills, practice writing résumés, participate in mock interviews, and receive career counseling and vocational training to begin their path out of poverty.
Check out a few inspirational stories of sponsored teens’ success due to generous world-changers like you!
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