Hello my name is Kamali Williamson and I am in the 11th grade and attend Thurgood Marshall Academy located in Harlem, New York. I have been in StreetSquash for 5 years now and love it. I love the fact that StreetSquash as a whole cares about the children and wants what is best for them. StreetSquash has given me many different opportunities that I am very thanksful for. Over the summer StreetSquash send me away to Colorado and Minnisota and gave me the chance to fly on a plane for the very first time in my life. Because of StreetSquash I meet a lot of different people, travel to many different places, and learn a lot of different things. Going to Guatemala would mean a lot to me because I have never been outside of America and I will like to have a chance to live a lifestyle that is different from mines.During this trip we will visit a community called " Chaqul". Chaqul is a town that has been destroy by the civil war which ended in 1996. Today it remains impoverished and is limited by many barriers as in lack of affordable and quality schools, few professional opportiunities, and physical distance from city resources. Chajul is primarily a farming community in which 93% of the residents are living in poverty. Many famailies struggle to feed themselves and their famalies and often live in one-room homes with a dirt floor. During the war many local schools were use as military bases and new school were not built. This leads to the lack of education in Chajul. Less than 11.5% of studnts in Chajul graduate from middle school and less than 3% of students graduate from high school. This trip will give not only me but my peers a opportunity to make a change in other people lives. It will by a pleasure if you can help us out and donate so that we can make a difference and pay it forward. Going to Guatemala will open our eyes and see that the world can be a better place and no matter where you come from, people is always willing to help out and make a difference in the world.
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