Angie's College Fund
Organized by: Kimberly McClain
New Years 2017 update!
December 31, 2016
Angie is taking her second chance. Let's raise another $1,250 so she can spend 2017 kicking butt as an advancing nursing student.
New Years 2017 update! Angie is pushing along in her program despite all the odds, including the 2016 highlights of some unsettling neighborhood gang violence, the university cancelling the final semester of the year--halfway through--and schoolwide protests when the university refused to refund tuition. Registration for the first term is January 8th(!) so we're asking for quick donations now and commitments of support through the rest of the year. I will be giving $1,500 this year to support Angie, so I only need another $1,250 between now and August 2017 to fully fund this year. I'll be visiting Angie later this month to catch up more fully, but from our phone conversations, she's eager to get back to class and hoping that the funds will come together to make that possible. Thank you for making Angie's dream real. For the full backstory, read on below.
I met Angie 10 years ago when she was a preteen, and her mother and Juan's father were bringing together their two families into one household. It was a rough time for Angie and the family, as she was failing out of school and getting involved (through both rebellion and coercion) in the very dangerous world of street gangs. But she and the family toughed it out--she's a fighter and was always going to forge her own path. She went to work for McDonald's and after being fired for being too outspoken, actually took McDonald's to labor court and won her reinstatement. She had a daughter Kimberly Gabriela, who's now in kindergarten, and they live in a converted shop off the side of her parent's house. After another 3 years of enduring retaliation from her boss at McDonald's, she quit them for good, and now helps her mom and sisters around the house. A number of years earlier, when we tried to help her finish her high school degree, she dropped out again, as she struggled with depression, a rocky relationship, and death threats from her former gang contacts. When finally she decided the time had come, she quietly went to school for a year without telling anyone but her mother. She didn't want any recognition until she was sure she would do it.
Angie graduated from high school last year at 23 and passed the entrance exam for Honduras' only public university on her first attempt. She is now in her third semester (1st year) pursuing a Bachelor's degree in nursing. The program is an intense one, expected to take 5 years at full-time status (which is difficult to achieve at the public university due to overcrowding and uncoordinated class offerings). She has to be in class for 7 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and Angie knows it will be years before she'll be able to work again, as there is no part-time employment in Honduras. Her mother is committed to giving her the time and space she needs to get her degree--she and Kimberly Gabriela will have a safe place to live, food to eat, and other basic needs covered while Angie's unable to work. But her mom's single, unstable income in her family of seven doesn't leave much for registration fees, books, and daily transport to and from the university for Angie. So Angie marshaled a lot of courage and pushed down a lot of shame to reach out to me last month to ask for a second chance.
Juan and I are in Honduras now, and I've already given her $200 to help with this semester's books. I want to give others the chance to help Angie too, so I'm asking you to contribute whatever you feel inspired to give, and I will match each dollar donated up to $810 with my own money. If we can get to the full $2,020 goal ($1,010 from all of you through this ask) we can fully cover Angie's education through 2016.
And I hope that will mean that this time next year, I'll have the chance to see Angie preparing for year 3 of her nursing program, and will be reaching out to you again for support. But Angie and I both know that in this life, we all have to take things one step at a time. I believe that the benefits of college for Angie are as much about self confidence and growing as a person as they are about getting a good job or providing for her daughter. If you know what it means to get that second chance, or to take that next right step even if you don't yet know where it will take you, please join Angie's team.