Nearly half of Mayatan's students receive scholarships, and many of those are successfully finding sponsors to make their scholarships possible.
This page lists scholarship students who have recently found sponsors. Each one is a success story.
As of December 2012, we have found a new full sponsor for Ana Sofia! Thank you!
Ana Sofia is a student with such superior English skills that her teacher wanted her to skip second grade; unfortunately, Ana had to complete the other academic requirements for second grade too. Regardless, she is always eager to practice her English reading and speaking. Perhaps it has helped that her older brother graduated from Mayatan three years ago. Ana's parents recently lost their business and are now trying to start another one. Because of her need and tremendous academic performance, Mayatan wants to increase her scholarship this year. Ana Sofia already has two generous sponsors who cover part of her tuition, but she still needs an additional $512 for her complete scholarship.
Dayana is a bright new addition to Mayatan's Nursery school. Her mother, Eva, has worked on the cleaning staff at Mayatan for a number of years and is well-known amongst the teachers for her friendly spirit and ever-present smile. Dayana has clearly inherited her mother's trait and has been spreading her wide smile all over campus since she began school this year (the only time she seems to be shy is when the camera is trained on her!).
A generous former teacher has agreed to support Dayana in her future years at Mayatan. However, this year she is in need of additional funding. We are currently seeking a total of $500 to cover Dayana's tution and academic expenses.
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Elsa Berenice is not only one of the top-performing students at Mayatan, she is one of the top citizens. She is a nice, outgoing girl who lures you into conversation with her dry sense of humor in which she pretends to be very serious but may be concealing a joke. She also has top English skills. Because of her good scholarship and citizenship, she claimed the honored position of Honduran flag-bearer and led the Independence Day parade last year. Elsa has two older brothers who also attend Mayatan; one is in 10th grade and the other graduated from high school in 2012. The family farms in Santa Rita and sacrifices a lot to provide their children with an English education.
In November 2011, we found support for Jose Adelso's scholarship thanks to a generous grant from the Honduran government for students of indigenous backgrounds. This coming year a generous new sponsor, the mother of a former Mayatan teacher, has promised to support all of Jose's academic expenses. Thank you!
Jose lives in El Carrizal, a small village in the hills 3 miles above Copán. His grandmother walks him down the hill to school every day. When he was younger, she would sit and wait for him until school was out. Given the care that his grandmother puts into his education, it is no surprise that he is such a thoughtful student. He’s conscientious about his studies and especially his books, which he carefully protects from weather, wear, and termite damage. In fact, he loves books so much that he wanted to have a Library Week t-shirt, but didn’t have enough money to purchase one. Undeterred, he carved wooden toys himself and sold them to raise the balance. Jose has a sponsor that covers part of his costs: books, registration, fees, and a part of his tuition. He needs support for meals and the rest of his tuition from someone who cares about students the way he cares about books.
As of December 2012, we have found a new full sponsor for Karledi! Thank you!
Karledi lives in a poor hamlet outside of Copán called Ricon del Buey (Ox's Corner). Her father, Tulio, is a moto-taxi driver, which is a poor living. She is an only child, and her mother, Fátima, has great aspirations for her. Fátima is a community leader. She's worked as a waitress, but recently finished her high school diploma in administration, which she hopes will lead to better work. Both parents are very involved in Karledi's education. They believe in hard work and hard studying and also that, with education, everything is possible. Tulio taught himself some English to help his work with tourists, and he's proud that his daughter has the benefit of learning the language in school and being prepared for a brighter future. Both her parents and the Mayatan School would be very pleased to have donor support of Karledi's scholarship.
Mayatan was lucky enough to receive its first ever grant in the 2011-12 school year from the Honduran government to support indigenous student scholarships. Combined with the support of a generous set of sponsors, these students from La Pintada are able to continue to receive their complete scholarships. Please see our Aldea Project page for information about a new Mayatan initiative to deliver more scholarships to students from La Pintada.
Several years ago, Mayatan committed to educate four children from the indigenous village of La Pintada that Peace Corps volunteers introduced to the school. Even if the La Pintada children don't get sponsors, the school supports them with full tuition, uniforms, fees, transportation, and food. Both the children and Mayatan have been lucky to receive great students from caring families with few resources. They help each other by going through the ranks of Mayatan together.
The children make great sacrifices just to get here; because no buses can reach La Pintada, they leave home at 5 a.m. and walk 45 minutes to just to catch the bus. All of their parents are very supportive of their children’s educations. They have no money, but they participate in every school activity despite the distance, and they use dictionaries to translate their children’s assignments so they can help.
It is quite expensive for Mayatan to educate children from La Pintada, and just as their community pools its resources to help them, we pool donations to the children. The annual cost is $10,000 for the group, or $2500 a child. We pool together resources every year to help sponsor these children.
Milton Daniel comes from a large, poor family. His mother doesn’t read or write, but she is proud that her son can. Milton doesn’t have electricity at home, so he sometimes struggles to do homework at night. He was hit by a moto walking to school in the dark one day, but we’re thankful that he is fine.
Sara Yaquelin’s father started a program to teach Chorti, the indigenous language of the La Pintada community which is at risk of dying out. For Sara and some of her classmates, then, English is a third language, and she is becoming tri-lingual, which will be an immense help to her community.
Harlyn Elizeth’s mother earns money by making corn husk dolls, flowers, and textiles to sell at La Pintada and in Copán. She got her start through a government program to teach crafts to people from the aldeas, and her handicrafts are popular tourist purchases.
Kensy Elizabeth’s mother got her start running a small restaurant in La Pintada through a microloan program that stimulates indigenous businesses with small cash advances. Her mother’s chicken and fish are particularly well-known.
Marilin is a quiet, attentive student and a quick learner. Her original award was for a half scholarship, but her top-notch academics and financial situation have convinced us to raise the amount. Marilin lives with her single mom, and she is lucky enough to have part of her tuition covered by a local business. Even with this scholarship, however, she required help to pay for books and registration, and we were looking for a generous sponsor to help with the rest. We found that sponsor in 2011, and we're excited indeed. Marilin has no further need for sponsorship thanks to this help.
Marlon is a very intelligent and creative student. He comes from a large household in one of the poorest areas of Copán that includes his grandfather, three older brothers, and two younger brothers. Being part of a large, exuberant family has made Marlon someone who is eager to help others. Although he is one of the bigger students in class, he can be shy in a large group; nevertheless, he is more than willing to express himself one on one or in small groups. He loves to play soccer and is good goalie. Marlon’s mother is the sole breadwinner in the family, but she has just had a baby and is not working now, which makes this a particularly important time for him to find outside support. Because the family cannot pay, he needs a completa scholarship, which includes books, fees, and meals. Marlon has a great sponsor who covers tuition and many fees, but he has other needs as well.
In November 2011, we found support for Marlon's scholarship thanks to a generous grant from the Honduran government for students of indigenous backgrounds. It will be extended until 2013. Any extra donations will cover Marlon's costs like uniforms and meals or be credited forward to future years.