Sep 30 2015

A 4-hour commute for education

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Adilia is in her last year of college in El Salvador studying business with an emphasis in tourism. She knows that her key for success is education.

She said her challenge is to overcome her reality, and she opened her arms wide to show her home.

“We are a family living in poverty,” she said.

She said she has to fight that reality daily. Some days she’ll leave for school before the sun rises and not return home until nightfall. She travels alone to get to her classes, which can be dangerous for a young woman in El Salvador.

Adilia travels more than two hours by bus each way to get to school. However, her night class is another story. The busses stop travelling to her neighborhood at 6 p.m. when her night class is just getting started.

“Sometimes I have to ask relatives or friends to stay in their home for a night because I have classes till very late and there’s no transportation back home,” she said.

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

But Adilia doesn’t let obstacles hold her back.

“I have the second best grade in my major,” she said. “For me that’s something big because besides all my obstacles, such as transportation, sometimes I don’t have so much time for studying. … I’m proud to have good grades and I never feel unmotivated.”

She hopes to one day graduate and work for the ministry of tourism of El Salvador. Her hope is that in the next 10 years she’ll have her own family and be working hard to support her siblings’ education and support her family financially.

“It’s not only about saying, ‘I have a degree,'” she said. “It’s about understanding that a diploma will be my most important tool to break the cycle of poverty.”

Through tears, Adilia expressed her gratitude to God, her family and her sponsor. She would love to meet her sponsor, Sharon, and give her a big hug.

“My family and I are full of gratitude for her,” Adilia said. “Not everybody does this — helps someone that they don’t know.

“All my effort and my good grades are dedicated to her and her family, because I think that this is not only my effort, it is her effort, too.”

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3 thoughts on “A 4-hour commute for education”

  1. Adilia makes me realize how much we take for granted in America. Her desire to rise above her “reality of poverty” is inspiring. I so wish her story could be shared with all students in America – especially those who do not seem to appreciate the true value of an education. My husband and I pray daily for our sponsored child in the Philippines that he will continue with his education so that he can help himself, his family and his community with the education he receives. We will include Adilia and all the sponsored young people around the world in our prayers going forward.

  2. You are a brave young woman and i pray God bless you richly. As a sponsor of a little boy your story gives me hope for him and i thank you. Take greatest care and my prayers are with you.

  3. “It’s not only about saying, ‘I have a degree,’” she said. “It’s about understanding that a diploma will be my most important tool to break the cycle of poverty.”

    This is a strong statement, and I totally agree with Adilia. A decent education not only raises one’s status but releases them and their family out of the cycle of poverty, once they are able to earn a living . I say this with utmost confidence and pleasure, and my family can testify to the current benefits we all enjoy resulting from my education achievements having been formerly sponsored many years back.

    I am so proud of you Adilia, and may you enjoy the fruits of your hard work.

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