Oct 14 2017

‘There’s always a light’

Sponsored youth Damaris, 23, has faced an uphill battle since childhood to complete her education. Nevertheless, she’s close to reaching her goal of a college degree in human resources.

Every path out of poverty is lined with obstacles. Damaris’ journey has been extraordinarily difficult.

Most sponsored children need additional support to help them continue their studies past primary school. For Damaris, it took sponsorship support and her willingness to work while attending school to afford her living and education expenses.

She spent her childhood moving between unstable home situations. The weight of all the challenges could have been overwhelming, but she persevered.

Damaris, now 23, is finding her way as a sponsored member and scholarship student in Unbound’s program in Costa Rica. She’s pursuing a degree in human resources at a local university.

Through sponsorship, an Unbound scholarship and her work as a cashier, Damaris is closer to achieving her goal. She’s grateful for the faithful support she’s received from her sponsor, Christen from California, since 2004.

“She writes me, and she has been there always to support me,” Damaris said. “I’m so thankful for her and Unbound because it has been a great support to me.”

Damaris embodies Unbound’s spirit of “superando junto” or overcoming together, which is a phrase used by our Spanish-speaking programs to describe what Unbound means. She maintains a positive attitude with the hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

“Despite everything, there’s always a light,” Damaris said. “There are many people supporting you. Always learn from every positive situation, holding God’s hand always.

“In spite of the bad times you experience, there’s always something positive. Never give up!”

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