Ingrid lives in Guatemala, where, according to the World Bank’s source Barro-Lee, on average girls complete about six years of schooling. In 2015, she graduated as a certified bilingual education teacher. Luis Cocon, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala, had the opportunity to meet Ingrid and hear her story during her final year of school before graduation.
Bhaskar Karanampally is on his way to becoming a successful engineer, an accomplishment that few children in his neighborhood slum outside Hyderabad dream about.
Thanks to his God-given talents and the encouragement and support of CFCA, Bhaskar is in his third year of engineering studies.
He persevered with his studies in the government school he attended, in spite of the substandard education provided there. In India, government schools provide impoverished children with access to education, but the schools lack basic infrastructure and skilled faculty.
Most students drop out, as did Bhaskarís sister and brother. He was about to end his studies because his family could not afford to pay for his higher education. The income Bhaskar’s father earns from his neighborhood shop is just enough for the food and clothing needs of Bhaskar and his two siblings.
A CFCA social worker encouraged Bhaskar to stay in school, and he was admitted to the Swami Vivekanada Institute of Technology in Hyderabad.
ìMy dream is to complete my technology degree with good marks and work as a software engineer,î Bhaskar said. ìItís because of CFCA that I am able to dream of this new goal in life.î
Bhaskar is eager to repay the help he received from CFCA. In the evenings, he conducts a study hour for the neighborhood children and helps them with their homework. Mothers from the neighborhood have witnessed how Bhaskarís involvement is boosting their children’s self-esteem.
ìHe hails from our own slum,î said Nagamani, a member of a CFCA mothers group. ìHe is not only able to help the children, but has such a positive influence on them.î
Bhaskar is proud to be a role model.
ìI know for most of my companions, life was a missed opportunity, but I want to see these kids reach their higher goals,î he said. ìWhat makes me happy is that so many children in my slum now receive formal education, and that I am able to support and guide them.î
This was the feature story from the 2010 spring issue of The Scholar. You can read more stories like this one on our website.