Sharing student stories with you gives an inside view to their world. Their courage is truly inspiring. I am consistently impressed by their persistence in the face of obstacles and challenges. Without exception, the lives of our 28 students were made difficult because of circumstances into which they were born; circumstances that they didn't create. Some of these we can share delicately, and others are too private to share publicly.
Today it's my pleasure to present a brief interview my associate, Pamela Vazquez, conducted with Mayra, who's been in our program for almost 2 years. She's an only child, living with her mom who is in poor health. They live in a corrugated tin house about 15 minutes from thriving Oaxaca. Mayra is becoming an elementary school teacher, and her part time job helps pay for her basic expenses.