A great improvement, and a great show of thanks

Silvia and Sara

Doña Silvia with daughter Sara.

A few weeks ago, we heard an inspiring story from Nineth Garcia, Scholarship Administration Manager. She shared about a momentous conversation and turn of events that she recently witnessed. It happened when single mother of eight, Doña Silvia Rogel, came to her office to turn in her daughter’s grades. Sara’s grades had improved significantly from the first quarter to the second, and Nineth and her fellow education staff were surprised and happy to see that.

Doña Silvia explained that awhile back, she had a talk with Sara to try and explain the importance of improving her grades. She told her daughter that she is so lucky to receive help from Common Hope—that there are people in another country who don’t know her but are interested in her and believe in the youth of Guatemala.

Silvia continued, “It’s necessary that our children understand that there are people who don’t buy things for themselves so they can send their money [to Common Hope]. It’s not that they have extra money and that’s why they send it, it’s because they are people who believe in us and in Common Hope. We are given support through the education program, through the doctors, through our social worker that visits us, and through many other things that Common Hope gives us. We should know that we are not alone. All of them care about us—they are people working day after day, fighting alongside us. For this reason, daughter, show your gratitude through your grades.” With that, Silvia presented Sara’s grades to the scholarship staff. “Here is her thanks to Common Hope,” Silvia said.

It’s not that they have extra money and that’s why they send it, it’s because they are people who believe in us and in Common Hope. We are given support through the education program, through the doctors, through our social worker that visits us, and through many other things that Common Hope gives us. We should know that we are not alone. All of them care about us—they are people working day after day, fighting alongside us.  —Silvia Rogel, affiliated mother

Thanks to her good work this year, Sara is on track to graduate from high school in 2015 with a degree in business administration. Sara says that in addition to the inspiration from her mother, she has improved her grades thanks to our math support group with youth leader Eduardo. Through regular tutoring sessions, Eduardo has helped her improve her math and statistics skills. Sara says her goal is to graduate and then go on to college to become a veterinarian.

A number of Silvia’s children have had support from Common Hope over the years. Today, the others are high school graduates and working professionals. Without the help they received and took full advantage of, says Silvia, they wouldn’t have been able to achieve everything they have now.

These kinds of success stories help remind us all why we do what we do. Nineth sums it up well: “This is an example of why we are Common Hope—bringing hope to many people.” Thanks to all of you who are Common Hope.

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