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I live in Tobati with my mom, my dad and my 5-year-old sister. In school, I most enjoy gym class, English, history and geography. I hope to someday reach what I’ve always wanted to achieve, and that is to be an English and gym teacher and graduate as the best in the United States. So that I can achieve my dream, I am going to study a lot and keep studying so that I can be a successful person and be able to help my family and my community.


About Tobatí:Tobatí is both a town and a provincial district within the department (state) of Cordillera, Paraguay. The population of the district of Tobatí is 21,315 of which 16,538 (75.5%) are under the age of 19. Over 33% of this population lives beneath the international poverty line while as high as 70% live in relative poverty. A large percentage of the houses in the region lack running water and electricity.

This poverty is especially prevalent in the region's rural villages, known as compañías. Most men and boys in the region work in small brick or tile factories that pay at most one or two dollars a day. A large number of girls work as domestic servants. Schools run in three or four hour shifts in order to allow for children to work and also due to overpopulation and a lack of resources in the local schools. Many children in Tobatí are employed.

About Macchi School: The education of a single person can have a positive effect on the lives of thousands of people. This principle is the foundation of the Macchi School. Located in a part of the world plagued by poverty and short horizons, the Macchi School is a tool that is being used to transform the South American district of Tobati into a better place for future generations to live.

The school provides a means for the community's brightest minds from the poorest neighborhoods and villages to be nurtured with the hope that they will not only complete a university program, but will return to to Tobati afterward to take up the difficult task of solving some of the town's most serious problems. To reach this goal the Macchi School offers a rigorous academic curriculum while at the same time, imparts a strong sense of public service on all of its students.


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  • Letter from Jimmy

    Yo vivo en Tobatí con mi mamá, mi papá y mis hermanos – dos varones mayores y una hermana menor. En el colegio me gustan Educación Física, Inglés e Historia y Geografía. Espero algún día llegar a lo que siempre he querido lograr y es ser un profesor de Inglés y Educación Física y llegar a graduarme como uno de los mejores en mi colegio. Para que yo pueda alcanzar mi sueño, voy a estudiar mucho y seguir estudiando para que yo puedo ser una persona exitosa y ser capaz de ayudar a mi familia y mi comunidad. I live in Tobatí with my mom, dad, and three siblings – two older brothers and a younger sister. In school I like Phys. Ed, English and History class. Someday, I hope to finally achieve my goals of being an English and Phys. Ed teacher as well as graduating as one of the best students in my class. So that I am able to realize my dream, I am going to study a lot and continue studying so that I can be a successful person and so that I am able to help my family and my community.
  • Another update from Jimmy

    One of our translation associates, Lauren, wrote a personal message to Jimmy. This is his response. -- Dear Lauren, Thank you for reading my story on Givology. Yes, I am a very dedicated student. Previously, I was a boy that worked in order to, along with my father, help support my family. Well, about me, I clearly love sports. Among the sports that I practice, I like the most and practice the most: football (soccer), volleyball, swimming, and basketball. Lies, you probably play better than me. I think the same thing about studying in the US as you. My dream since I was a little kid has been to study in the United States. I hope you send me more letters. Your friend, Jimmy
  • Update from Jimmy!

    Esteemed Givology Members, Thank you for the information you gave me about Givology. Here are my answers to your questions: -My classes are going very well, but in the second marking period I fell a little, thank God I was able to pull my grade up in this last marking period. Can you guess in which subject? Math. -My favorite subjects are: Physical Education, History, Castilian, English, and Computer Science. -What inspires me to be an English teacher is how complex the language is, and to be a PE teacher is that they practice many sports. -My favorite sports, since I don’t have only one, are: football (soccer), basketball, swimming, volleyball, and gymnastics. Goodbye and Greetings, Your friend, Jimmy