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Her Infinite Impact: Chonita’s Story of Determination

Growing up in a rural village outside of Santiago Atitlán, Concepción Micaela, “Chonita,” didn’t think she was cut out for school. Her mom never stepped foot inside one and spent her days tailoring clothing to make a small income. Chonita’s father passed away when she was young, and her two brothers worked to support the…

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Interview with a Starfish Graduate: Celena

We recently had a chance to talk to one of our newly graduated Starfish students and new mentor, Celena, about her experience. Q: What has been the hardest part about completing the last 6 years of secondary schooling? The illness of my father made things very difficult. And high school got even harder economically because…

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Graduation Season in Guatemala

Our volunteer in the field, Linnea, sends us a first-hand account of graduations in Guatemala: “We’ve made it through flag season, we’re just about done with graduation season and we’re moving right along into Christmas season! I’d like to explain to you what graduation season means here in Guatemala. I’m sure we all know what…

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2012 Starfish Graduate: Chonita

Congratulations to Starfish graduate, Concepcion “Chonita” Cua. Last week, at the age of 22, Chonita graduated as the valedictorian of her class in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Her widowed mother never attended school; Chonita is the first. “Losing my fear ” has been Chonita’s biggest challenge over the last three years. As the only daughter of…

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2012 Starfish graduate: Celena

As the leaves turn and school starts in the United States, our students in Guatemala are wrapping up their school year, which runs from January through October. Twelve Starfish students will be graduating from high school this fall, gaining a position as the most educated members of their communities and certainly the most educated women.…

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