|Here's our latest report on Leticia:
Leticia lives in San Isidro de Bolas, a rural community located 8 km outside the capital city of Managua, on a dirt road that is practically impassable during the six month rainy season. Most of the families in San Isidro are subsistence farmers, growing small crops of beans or corn to maintain their basic needs.
This is Leticia.
On the left is her photo when we started sponsoring her at age 7.
On the right is her this winter at age 9.
Leticia has sent us a slideshow presentation
with commentary about herself, her family and school.
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Leticia's house is made of stone and boards with a tin roof and dirt floor. It has the basic services of running water, electricity, and an outdoor latrine.
Leticia is 9 years old. Her mother Mercedes Castillo (age 29) works in a factory assembling clothing, earning about US$102 a month; with this very low income she buys food each day for her family, but it's not enough for the costs of medicine, clothing, and schooling. Leticia's father doesn't live with them but helps monthly and shows concern for his children. Leticia has 2 brothers, Eliel Alexander (age 8) and Luís Manuel (age 10); all 3 walk to school together, about 2 km each way. With the little that she earns, Leticia's mom can only buy rice, beans, cream, and tortillas for her family, as meat is too expensive.
Leticia is a very good student. She attends 3rd grade at Felix Ruben Garcia Sarmiento School and gets very good grades. When she grows up, she wants to work in computer technology. At the Fabretto Center she is active in arts & crafts and dance.
Her mother says, "I'm happy that my daughter is participating at the Fabretto Center and is spending more time on schoolwork. Not too long ago I saw that she was indifferent and dejected; now that has changed. She does her school work and has taken responsibility for her schooling and personal appearance. I thank Fabretto for all the support that they are giving my daughter. I hope they continue throughout her school career. At the Fabretto Center Leticia gets a hot lunch daily, tutoring, school supplies, a school uniform, a backpack, and monthly medical check-ups. She likes to spend time at the Center and play with the other children."
Leticia's report card