My name is Carolina, I am 19 years old, and I have participated in the Community Schools program for 11 years. I’ve been in the Discovery Club, Communications Club, English Club, Cosmetology Club, Debate Club, and Glee Club. The program has changed my life and has made me a better person. Two of the most […]
My name is Reina, and I am 55 years old. I am a single mother of two daughters, and I am also the caretaker of an eight-year-old girl who was abandoned. 23 years ago, I had a molar pregnancy. I was told that this diagnosis is similar to cancer, and is treated with chemotherapy. In […]
My name is Nelson, I am 17 years old, and I am in eighth grade. I have been in Glasswing ‘s Community Schools program since I was in second grade. I’ve participated in the English Club, Glee Club, Basketball Club, and Leadership Club. The clubs have made an impression on my life since I was […]
My name is Amelia. I’m 14 years old and live with my parents, two sisters, and my brother-in-law in a high risk area in Guatemala. I was in my second semester of high school when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the government to suspend classes. During this period of social isolation, my family has struggled. My […]
My name is Susana. I am 16 years old and I’m in the English Club. I enrolled when I was nine years old and since then, the club has been a fundamental part of my life. I used to be a very quiet, insecure and indecisive person, but once I started involving myself more in […]
My name is Delmy. I’m very grateful to have become a volunteer because this experience has provided a lot of support for me and really has played a crucial role in my life. I, recently, lost my son and went through a very severe depression. I would ponder on why this had happened to me. […]
Pablo (fictitious name) is 26 years old. While working as a bus driver, he was attacked by several unknown people and struck by a bullet. In that instant, his life radically changed. Pablo and his family began the long road to recovery.
Pablo was taken to Dr. Juan José Fernández National Hospital in Zacamil. Once admitted, the hospital staff who had received training from the “Sanando Heridas” program helped him reach physical and emotional stability.
My name is Gabriela, I’m 15 years old. I am currently in the ninth grade at Centro Escolar Marcelino García Flamenco. I’m also in the Girls Club. This club and the school coordinator have provided a lot of support for me during the hardest of times. Four years ago, my father was taken to jail. […]
Before enrolling in the club, I wouldn’t say much, and I didn’t talk to anyone. I was afraid that I would start crying if someone asked me about my brother or my parents. And, I had very little patience with my mom. I would get angry with her easily. Gradually, the way my volunteer and my clubmates interacted with me helped me to open up. I started talking to them in the club and the fear I once felt started to go away. I even started to feel more comfortable.
The garden is my place of peace and tranquility, where I can go to focus on the present and leave the past behind. Because of a difficult family situation, I changed a lot. I lost my self-confidence and it was impossible for me to live and communicate with my family. But when I’m taking care of the garden, a little bit of my happiness returns and I feel I can move on with my life.