From Occasional Student to Best in Class
Written by Liz Guerra, Communications Officer
July 24, 2012
Josepha, age 14, came to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") Guatemala in February of 2011. Since that time, she has been a great addition to our family. Before coming to live with us, Josepha lived in San Andres Sacaba. When she was four years old, her mother passed away and she lived with just her father in a small house. She loved her father and had a good life. They spoke Quiche, one of the Mayan languages in Guatemala, to each other and they played many games. (It should be noted that since coming to live at our home in Guatemala, Josepha hasn’t spoken much Quiche because we teach Kaqchikel at our school).
Since coming to our home, Josepha has developed a knack for school and she really enjoys it. Before joining us, Josepha had attended school, but only once in a while. Her favorite classes are math and science. She also loves playing games with the other girls in her section. Due to her love for math and science, Josepha always works really hard in school. Her efforts have made her a leader with the best grades in her class. She was also recognized during a school assembly where she was rewarded with crayons and pens.
Josepha is a member of our girls’ soccer team at Casa San Andres, and she has soccer practice every day after school. After soccer practice, she returns to her section where she finishes her homework and completes her chores. On the weekends, Josepha loves to play soccer and just hang out with her friends.
When Josepha finishes school in Guatemala, she wants to study nursing, and eventually go to college to become a surgeon. “I like the idea of being a doctor and helping other people,” says Josepha. Just by observing Josepha, one can see that this is true.
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Josepha at the Quinceañeras celebration
Josepha in traditional Guatemalan dress with volunteer Sam