From being forced to hide under her parent's bed during door-to-door school recruitment campaigns to facing the daunting belief of her grandfather that an education is wasted on girls, 15-year-old Brenda Lacan has defied the odds in achieving her education. With the support of her mother Maria who was never able to pursue her education, Brenda is determined to prove the expectations of her grandfather wrong.
With her two older sisters in high school and her parents working in the embroidery business, the family could not afford to have Brenda continue with secondary school in Guatemala. But after being awarded a Starfish scholarship, Brenda has been making steady progress. She was initially failing three classes when she started 7th grade and was disheartened about her schooling, but her mentor has worked closely with her, as Brenda has passed one more class each semester. As of the most recent exams last August, Brenda not only passed all of her classes, but she also earned high marks. She now feels empowered and excited about school while her self-esteem has improved.
Brenda is excelling in the Starfish Empowerment Program for girls, even being one of the leaders in her 15-member Starfish group. With her own savings and email account, Brenda is also one of the the top students in her class. Aside from focusing on her studies, Brenda enjoys basketball and embroidery.
To learn more about Brenda and leave her a comment, check out her group blog!
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