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Andrea is the youngest of 6 siblings. She has been a high achieving student and originally wanted to become a physician but switched to nursing. She is determined and caring and wants to return to her community to make a positive difference in the lives of those who have no access to medical care.


Andrea is finishing her third year of nursing and attends classes on week-ends. She is currently doing an internship in a nearby town. She has completed many internships at the local hospital in Santiago. She will receive her RN certificate in 2019 and wants to continue studying for 3 more years and earn her BS in nursing.

 

Brenda was accepted into the Quetzel University Fund through her ability to interview.  She has excelled in her college studies.


Brenda is the oldest of 9 children. Her father, although supportive of her education, has ongoing problems with alcohol and brings in little income through fishing. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom. The family lives in a very small house. Brenda has demonstrated resilience and currently has much responsibility with her family and school. In spite of it all, she has a great sense of humor. She understands poverty at the very basic level and will have much to offer her community when she graduates.


Brenda has always worked to help her family. She is currently an assistant to a local architect, a job that she worked hard to obtain. She has been working there for several years.


Brenda is now in her third year at University of Mariano Galvez in Solola, majoring in Business Administration. She is gifted in math and accounting.

 

Chonita is the youngest of a large family.  She has wanted to become a nurse since her favorite brother died of unknown causes.  Her family could not afford medical care.  She doesn’t want other families to suffer as her family has.

Chonita is completing her third year of nursing at University of Rafael Landivar in Xela.  She will earn her RN certificate in 2019 and plans to continue studying for 3 more years to obtain her BS in nursing.  When she finishes, she hopes to work for a local maternal health non-profit agency with whom she has already had an internship. 

When Chonita is in her home community, she often helps her neighbors with medical problems.  She is the only one available to whom they can turn.  Through her knowledge and caring, she has already been able to help many of them. 

 

Chonita is the first one of her family to have attended high school.  Her parents did not have the resources or opportunity to learn to read or write. There is no electricity in her home so she had to be resourceful in completing her studies.  She went to other students’ homes or to public places, studying far into the night.  In spite of this challenge, she graduated at the top of her high school class.

Chonita is attending university in Guatemala City to become an auditor.  Her dream is to become one of the chief auditors for the government of Guatemala.  She is determined and full of energy, and will make a positive difference in her community and country.

 

Raquel lives with her aunt who has raised her, having been left at age 9 by her mother who married a man who was not interested in raising her.  Her aunt, a single mother of three, has been devoted to and supportive of Raquel in her studies.  She helps her aunt run a small store to support the family. 

Raquel attends university on the week-ends. She is a positive, determined young woman who is working toward her dream of having her own business in her town.

 

1/2016
Rosa comes from a family with a single mother and several siblings, who are non-supportive of her educational efforts.  She was consistently at the top of her class in high school.  Through her initiative in petitioning Starfish to allow her to attend, she went to a pre-med high school in Xela.  In spite of initial prejudice because of her indigenous heritage, she made many friends and did very well. 

Rosa is in a class of 51 students who come from all areas of Guatemala.  She lives in a house with a house mother and four other nursing students, all supported by the Quetzal Fund.   They wear their traditional clothing to class.  Their house mother is kind and is like a mother to them.  They have plenty of food and all the material that they need.  The girls living in this house have become good friends; they support each other and help each other from becoming homesick. 

They each have a medical kit with a stethoscope and blood pressure equipment.  They have no textbooks.  They receive copies of notes and information from their professors and have slide shows from which they can study. 

Update 1/2018:
Rosa is currently in her third year of nursing school at Rafael Landivar in Xela.  She will receive her RN certificate in 2019 and wants to continue her studies for 3 more years to earn her BS in nursing.  She is also studying English and likes to practice with guests.  She energetic and unstoppable, and will offer much to her community and country.  She spends her free time listening to music, going to church, and running.

 

Sandra took the place of another girl who had dropped out of the group who began university studies in 2016. She is the cousin of another QFund student.  

Sandra is in a class of 51 students who come from all over Guatemala.  She is taking six classes.  She lives in a house with a house mother and 3 other nursing students, all supported by the Quetzel Fund.  They wear their traditional dress to class.  The house mother is very kind and is like a mother to the girls.  They have plenty to eat and all the materials they need.  The four girls are becoming good friends; they support each other and help each other from becoming homesick. 


Each of the student has a medical kit with a stethoscope and blood pressure equipment.  There are no books.  They receive copies of notes from their professors and have slide shows from which to study. 

Update 10/2018:


Sandra is in her third year of nursing at Rafael Sandivar in Xela.  She is taking this semester off to receive tutoring for a statistics class. Additionally, she is working in a local community hospital.

 

Susana comes from a large family whose parents have spent money educating only their sons.  Susana completed high school through a Starfish scholarship and is now attending university through help from Quetzel College Fund.  She is in her third year at University of San Carlos. 

Susana is an avid reader and borrows many books from a local school.  She is articulate, loves to participate in groups and meet new people.

Susana is married and has one child..  She continues to study and work toward her dream of helping young children.

 

Zonia’s family lives in the hills and is supported by her mother and grandmother, as her father left when she was very small.  She has always been very tiny because there was never enough to eat in her home.  In spite of that, she is resilient and determined to reach her goals. 


1/2016

Zonia is in a class of 51 students who come from all over Guatemala.  She is taking six classes.  She lives in a house with a house mother and 3 other nursing students, all supported by the Quetzal Fund.  They wear their traditional dress to class.  The house mother is very kind and is like a mother to the girls.  They have plenty to eat and all the materials they need.  The four girls are becoming good friends; they support each other and help each other from becoming homesick.  

Each of the students has a medical kit with a stethoscope and blood pressure equipment.  There are no books.  They receive copies of notes from their professors and have slide shows from which to study. 

 Update 1/2018: 
 Zonia is in her third year of the nursing program at Rafael Landivar in Quetzaltanango.  She is a full time student and always earns excellent grades.  She will receive her RN certificate in Spring, 2019 and hopes to study for 3 more years to earn her BS in nursing.  She likes to read, listen to music and visit family in her spare time.  She is energetic, positive, and has never wavered from her desire to become a nurse and help poor families who have no other access to medical care.