In the highlands of central Guatemala, girls like Norma typically only study through sixth grade. After sixth grade, there’s a 75% chance she will drop out of school, get married and start a family — even at this young age.

When Norma entered the Women in Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program, she was on this very path. But little by little her goals changed and grew. Norma began to see the value of being able to complete her education.

And thanks to the annual scholarship she receives through this program, now she’s in tenth grade, four years beyond the norm! Each additional year is worth celebrating.

Norma stands in front of fruit trees she planted after her first WALC session
Norma stands in front of fruit trees she planted after her first WALC session

“If it weren’t for this program, I wouldn’t be studying.”

-Norma

Norma is nearing the end of her schooling and wants to become a teacher. She’d especially love to teach others about birds, since she’s enjoyed learning about them through the WALC program.

If Norma can finish her final year, she’ll not only improve her own future — including higher income, better health and a safer life — but will pass those positive benefits on to future generations.

She’s almost there! Your gift will ensure Norma can finish school – and reach her goal of becoming a teacher!

With your prayers and support, students like Norma go from a 75% school drop-out rate to a 5% drop-out rate.

Norma will soon start another year of school, closing in on that finish line – it’s in sight! You have shown that you care about the life-changing power of education, will you give a gift before the start of the upcoming school year?

Update – March 2019

Norma is student-teaching! She has been spending time this semester in her home village, learning the art and practice of classroom teaching.

Norma, a 12th grade teaching student and six year WALC participant, is now doing her student teaching at Mestela school this year. Thank you for helping her succeed!

Thank you for helping her stay in school and get that much closer to a life-changing degree!

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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