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Letters of Hope from Guatemala

Our Spanish A level students have been exchanging letters in Spanish with the seven Guatemalan students we have been sponsoring through the Esperanza Festival for the last three years.

These students go to ‘Escuela Proyecto: Esperanza’, the School of Hope, where they are provided with food, education, health, social and psychological care. Many students at the School of Hope lose their sponsors as they finish their ‘GCSEs’. However, we have always been determined to support ‘our’ seven students education long enough so that they have a true chance to become fully independent self-sufficient adults who can in return break the cycle of poverty of those near to them.

School of Hope

From left to right Oscar Garcia Jimenez, Brenda Barrios López, Leydy Julissa de Leon, José Manuel Socop Valle, Devin Esau Castro, José Puac Maxima, Yesmin López Zacarias.

They have been writing to us to let us know how they are getting on. Some of our Sixth formers ( Maddie Storey , Evie Craig, Beth Vangeham, Beth Griffiths, Lucy Jepson, Francesca Bowen, Harriet Turneer ) have used their Spanish language skills and have responded to their letters. 

After completing their Secondary Education in December 2016 , Oscar, Yesmin, José Gabriel, José Manuel and Brenda have started college this January in Antigua. Oscar and Yesmin are both studying accounting; José Gabriel is studying business administration José Manuel is studying electronic studies. Brenda Maria, is studying to be an Office Secretary. They are all settling into their classes and are enjoying their studies!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Esperanza festival.  Roll on Esperanza 2017!