Yami is a sponsored youth in El Salvador.
Sep 19 2016

No distance will keep her from school

Yami is a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Yami is a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

For some Unbound families, there are more obstacles to receiving an education than just the cost. For 18-year-old Yami, it has been a struggle to complete her education because her family lives in a remote, mountainous village in El Salvador.

After finishing the 9th grade, Yami temporarily stopped attending school. The nearest high school is hours away, and the transportation cost and distance became too overwhelming for the family.

The trek to the highway is an hour walk or a 40-minute horseback ride. It goes along a deserted path and across a river. On top of all this, it’s not safe for Yami to travel alone, so her father, Jaime, accompanies her.

However, she is determined to finish school.

“It depends on how much you want to achieve,” Yami said. “If you really want to achieve a better education in your life, it’s up to you.”

Now that she’s 18, she’s eligible to attend adult classes to finish her high school education. Classes are only one day a week, so her family can afford the transportation costs.

Jaime, Yami's father, travels with her to and from school to keep her safe.

Jaime, Yami’s father, travels with her to and from school to keep her safe.

In the meantime, Yami kept herself busy taking other types of classes.

“My dream is to be a dressmaker, sewing dresses, blouses, shirts. That’s what I love to do,” Yami said. “People from my community ask me to work for them. I thank God when I work for them, because I earn two or three dollars for each garment.”

Thanks to Unbound and her sponsor, Timothy from New York, Yami could afford to attend sewing classes. She completed her second year of training.

“I like to sew everything because I see beauty in everything and in details.”

Her family supports her goals to finish high school and continue sewing. Her father took a second job to support the family and buy Yami a sewing machine.

“It’s not brand new, but it works,” Yami said.

She is grateful for how supportive her family is. Although many girls in El Salvador drop out of school because of social pressure to start a family, Yami says her community is supportive of girls getting an education.

“I think we all deserve [an education]. It’s about justice,” Yami said. “It’s awful to discriminate [against] people.”

Although nervous to start school again without knowing anyone, Yami believes she can overcome the insecurity because she trusts in God.

“Sometimes education is not easy, but we need to move forward,” she said. “If you don’t make an effort, you are probably going to regret it after.”

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