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Diana's Story

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THE STORY:

Hello, my name is Diana Alejandra Rivera, I am eighteen years old and I live at El Porvenir, La Ceiba, Atlantida. I have one sister named Lauren Rivera, and my mother is named Ana Cardona. The problem I’m facing right now, which is financial, started in 2008 when my grandmother was shot in our house. My mom has always been a woman who likes to work and succeed in whatever she does. That year she decided to open her own business.

We were having a great time for what I can tell. But everything changed when some men got into our house and stole our money and killed my grandmother. That morning literally everything went from good to bad, getting to a point that it affected my daily life. Last year I was a junior in High School and I started noticing that paying my school was turning into such a difficulty. It has reached the point that now I am afraid of not being able to finish my senior year at my school-La Ceiba Bilingual School, commonly known as LCBS.

The purpose of me wanting to graduate from my school is because it gives you the opportunity to have a better job, a better life style and in few words- a better future. In Honduras, you scarcely have job opportunities and if you do so, those jobs are only available for the people who are best prepared. That is why I’m trying to graduate from LCBS, because they give me the opportunity to get a scholarship and study abroad for university. I have worked really hard to earn the position I have at school and it really hurts me to know that probably all the effort I have made so far, can just fade.

I am concerned for what is happening because in Honduras we have an age limit to graduate from high schools, it is normally eighteen years old, maybe nineteen, which makes it even more difficult. However, I still have big plans for my future. I’ve decided that I want to study in the United States of America. Some colleges in the states are accredited to receive foreign students so, at my school, they can help us get in contact with the principal and try to apply to the universities over there. But I don’t want to stay there for my entire life, I want to come back to Honduras and offer people (having single women as my main objective) the opportunity to have a decent job. I love to volunteer. Since my mom started to get involved in tourism, community service and more, I have found my passion for helping others.

I have been an interpreter and a teacher. I am a teacher at my church, Heaven’s Door and at Honduras Child Alliance (HCA). I think it is my duty to share with others the opportunity I’ve had so far of being a bilingual girl. Therefore, I value being an english teacher and sharing my knowledge with my community. Not every teen has the chance to be bilingual and I think my sister and I are blessed for knowing two languages already. It commonly happens here that teens think "this is it" - that there’s nothing beyond Honduras, that they don't have any options. I know there is way more, and I’m willing to explore what is out there and provide my country the tools to become a better country. It might be one person at a time, but with knowledge and wisdom every dream can come true. Thank you for reading this brief story of my life. All of that is Diana.

~Diana Rivera

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