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One of our scholarship recipients tells us her story

Meet Julie. Julie loves being at the Mission School. Julie has a deformed hand due to a birth defect (she covers her hand when she speaks to me. Children from other towns often make fun of her, but not at the mission school. She says her classmates are kind to her and she has made good friends. Her teachers are also very kind. Julie gets straight A’s except in English. When I tell her learning English is hard, she tells me the school in her town never taught English, so when she came to the Mission school 6 years ago, she was behind her classmates.

Julie is 17 years old and is one of our 170 scholarship recipients at the Mission High School. Julie is the middle child of 5 children and is from a town about 30 minutes from the High School. Her father works his small plot of land with lime trees and coffee plants and at night drives a taxi to make ends meet. Even with the extra work, her family is unable to afford the $20 monthly tuition for her attend the Mission School.

Julie’s dream is to go to college. Her older brother had to drop out of college last year while studying petroleum engineering. He received a full scholarship but his family couldn’t afford the incidental costs of studying (food, bus fare- about $250 a month). She tells me since her family “has limited resources”, she needs to work as quickly as possible in order to pay for a full nursing degree. Instead, she will take a short course in medicine to which will hopefully lead to a job in order to pay for her college nursing classes.

Julie is grateful to all the donors who are helping her stay in school.

These are the children you help!

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