Sponsored: Fernanda Sofia
We're happy to announce that we have found full support for Fernanda Sofia, even going beyond the $1100 we hoped to raise on Kapipal! You exceeded our expectations, helping us raise the funds before we'd even finished advertising the campaign!
We're especially grateful to former Mayatan teacher Olivia Ungerer and her sister Rachel Greszler. Olivia and Rachel agreed to become sponsors for Sofia, covering the balance on her scholarship once other donations were taken into account and paying for fees like food and transportation!
Mayatan would also like to thank Sara Raster, Jacque Sharpe, Odile Kory, and others who donated. Many thanks to all of you who forwarded around the link to her campaign on Kapipal!
Watch the YouTube video above to hear the full story. Give this promising girl a terrific head start by supporting her scholarship.
Sofia is a bright, 6 year-old kindergartener at Mayatan Bilingual School in Honduras.
She loves to draw, is learning to read in English and Spanish, and easily makes friends. We've stretched ourselves to offer Fernanda Sofia a full scholarship.
Sofia shares a tiny mud house with her mother, Maria Eugenia, surrounded by extended family.
Maria is a hotel cook who wants her to be a professional one day.
Things have been hard since Dad left the family. When they were together, the family earned $300 a month.
Sofia plays with her 13 uncles and aunts, many of whom are her age. She helps the family learn English and they sacrifice to pay books, registration, food, and transportation.
Why Fernanda Sofia?
Her mother believes in her education, and so do we.
Maria found a Spanish-English dictionary so she could help Sofia with homework. Before he left, her dad came in weekly to work out his daughter's admission and scholarship.
One thing that helped us take her in was the recommendation of Iris, a Mayatan graduate who works in a managerial position at a local hotel.
We hope that, one day, Sofia will be in a position, like Iris, to help others access the benefits of a Mayatan education.
What We're Doing to Help
Fernanda Sofia is receiving a world-class education from experienced full-time U.S. volunteers and a dedicated Honduran staff.
She will have many more options than her parents had, not to mention a social circle that includes students of all economic backgrounds.
How it Works
This campaign will cover the tuition to send Fernanda Sofia to Mayatan for one year.
Any funds over the costs will go first to Fernanda Sofia's other fees and then to other scholarship students for the year.
We will continue to need support for her scholarship in future years, but we will not remove her scholarship if she does not have sponsors.
Without funding, however, there is less money to offer new scholarships.