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Smile of Hope – Yesenia’s story

September 5, 2008

Yesenia is a lovely kid from one of the first families we started helping in 2003. The family has been through many trials and tribulations. Her mother left the family a year back, leaving the kids (there are 6 in all) under the care of their father. So now Yesenia and her siblings live with their single father who is very poor and over worked.

On most days there is complete chaos at her home. Her home is a tiny shack made of plastic and cardboard, ready to fall apart any time. In spite of all the confusion she has to see at such a young age, Yesenia is ever smiling. She loves getting photographed and our camera loves her ready smile too!

Moreover, even though the family is going through obviously tough times, the kids try to go to school regularly. Yesenia had to lose a year due to her mother’s absence, but is back to school now. EI team worked with her family to get her back in school and she is loving it a lot now!

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In Nicaragua 50% of the kids that start 1st grade never make it to 5th grade. It is our goal to make this percentage drop significantly.

$30/month is what it takes us at Empowerment International to put a child in school. If you would like to help a child stay in school and get better life, please click on the link below or contact us

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2008 6:28 pm

    Wonderful black and white photos here.

  2. September 5, 2008 8:56 pm

    Thank you Matt!

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