A Ticket to Change the World
As a teacher, much of the time you don’t get to see the full fruit of your labor. Your job is to plant and water the seeds and make sure they get enough sun. Once in a while, you get to see the leaves or even a small orange sprouting and it is overwhelmingly joyful.
On January 17, 2020, we were able to experience that joyful feeling. For many years our program has watched and supported Kennya Joselyn Vasquez Ramirez with her studies. Her dream has always been to be a nurse practitioner. She loves to help and serve and being a nurse is in her blood. She has been a very dedicated student and has had to overcome many obstacles on her way to reaching her dream. A few years ago, as she was entering university, her long-time boyfriend died in a drowning accident during his high school graduation celebration. It was a very dark time for Kennya and, for a time, we thought the pain would overcome her. But Kennya’s resolve is strong. She has not let anything stop her from her goal.
“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may
think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of
an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”
– Tom Brokaw
It was surreal to watch Kennya walking across the stage in a nurse’s uniform, graduating after five years of hard work at Universidad de Guadalajara – CUC. She is our first university student graduate – the first student we have sponsored since she entered middle school over 10 years ago. We are extremely proud of her and see her graduation as a harbinger of a good harvest to come. There is more great fruit where she came from. We have thirty-two students currently enrolled in University and the next few years will bring a flood of college graduates who have gone through our program since the beginning. For many years we, together with our teachers, sponsors and parents, have worked hard to ensure our students go to school, stay in school and dream big. All of us together have made the difference in the lives of these students with our dedication and service to them. Our promise has always been, “stay in school and we will always support you with a scholarship and in any way we can.” We do not take this promise lightly and the results are showing.
We want to thank every single person who has made Kennya’s dream come true and played a role in helping her stay in school. It is you who made it possible for her to get her degree – her ticket to changing the world.