When Ralldy was a little boy, he would ride around the streets of Guatemala on his bicycle selling tortillas. He is the youngest of five children, and when he was 1 his father abandoned the family. His mother put him through school by making and selling tortillas.
“She sells four tortillas for 13 cents,” Ralldy said. “This is how she raised me and put me in high school.”
Their financial situation was difficult, but when Ralldy was in third grade he was sponsored. When he was in seventh grade, he also received an Unbound scholarship. Both the scholarship and the sponsorship helped him stay in school.
“I am fortunate to have a scholarship,” Ralldy said. “This helps my mother cover my expenses. Poverty makes it hard because going to school means you have to pay for a lot of things.”
Ralldy works a weekend job selling clothes and shoes in a local store, which helps him pay for his weekly bus fees and school meals. His scholarship covers 70 percent of his monthly tuition fees, and sponsorship is helping him with food, shoes, school supplies and other expenses.
“Having a scholarship at Unbound makes me feel good about myself,” he said. “The scholarship encourages me to continue in school and fight for my dreams.”
Ralldy is in his final year of high school. When he graduates, his dream is to go to college and study engineering in computer systems. He wants to find a job with computers to help his mom so she won’t have to work as much.
“She has worked so much for me,” said. “It’s my turn now.”
Even though Ralldy is just 17, he’s wise beyond his years. He gave some sage advice for the youth of his generation.
“If you have both parents, love them. If you have the opportunity of going to school, go to school and do it well. If you are blessed with having your basic needs covered, thank God.
“Your donations to the scholarship fund [allow] many teens like me to have the chance to do what they love most — go to school and study something that they are passionate about. Your donations make it possible, and I am thankful that I have been picked as a scholar.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This Giving Tuesday, support Education through Unbound.