Jenny Massiel Perez
Age 17. Jenny Massiel is the brightest shining star of our program. A student of ours since 2012, Jenny is an advanced English student who dreams one day of being a Doctor or Engineer (she also dreams of singing with Enrique Iglesias). Jenny lives with her family of eight total in a tiny two-room dirt-floor tin shack. Jenny’s father was incarcerated for sex crimes when she was young and after release was murdered in a street fight. Jenny’s mother works washing clothes and her step-father and younger brother harvest coffee on a plantation an hour out of town. A hard-working overachiever, bright, outgoing, and loving, Jenny is our Student Council president, Book Club President, and a Service Club member. Despite her impoverished circumstances, with support and monitoring, we believe she can achieve great things. Jenny’s favorite foods are chicken and hamburgers, and her favorite activities are studying, reading, spending time with friends, and taking care of her baby brother. For a special treat, Jenny likes to drink Coca Cola.
Adriano Lopez Roblero
Age 16. Adrian is a smart, outgoing boy of 14 who has attended our program since 2012. Since many of his closest childhood friends now spend most of their time in the streets, it is already exceptional that Adrian has stuck with our program for so long. Adrian lives in a two-room dirt-floor board shack with his younger sister, mother, and step-father. His mother works out of the home doing piece work and his father has a full-time minimum-wage job as a carpenter. He says he comes to the program in order to learn English, to better his life, because his sister also attends, and because he likes to play with his friends at Casa de los Sueños, saying “here I am very happy.” Adrian’s favorite food is chicken and his favorite activities are yoga club, playing soccer, and going on field trips with us to the beach. Adrian dreams of continuing his studies on through University. If he could have one wish he says it would be to have the opportunity to travel to the United States.
Keyla Lopez Roblero
Age 13. Keyla is a quiet, sweet, loving girl who has attended our program since 2012. She lives in a two-room dirt-floor board shack with her older brother, mother, and step-father. Her mother works out of the home doing piece work and her father has a full-time minimum-wage job as a carpenter. Keyla studies English and in class is always attentive and well-behaved. Her favorite thing about our program is her English teacher, whom she adores. She also likes to play on the playground with her friends, and she says that she comes to the program because she wants to study to have a better life. Keyla’s favorite food is hamburgers. A soft-spoken girl, she comes out of her shell when playing baseballs during our Sports Club and dancing during Dance Club, frequently winning dance competitions!
Age 13. Jose Luis is a sweet, loving boy of 11 who has been part of the program since 2012. One of our more advanced English students, Jose Luis lives with his bed-‐ ridden diabetic mother, step-‐brother, sister, and occasionally step-‐father in a one-‐room dirt-‐floor shack made of loose boards. His home lacks a proper door and windows. He likes to come to the program to learn English, to play with his classmates, and because he believes he needs to study to have a better life. A naturally shy boy, he has surprising confidence when speaking English. Jose’s favorite food is chicken, and his favorite activities are going on field trips with our program, especially the annual beach trip. He absolutely adores his English teacher and the food at Casa de los Sueños. He dreams one day of visiting the United States. The values most important to him are listening and respect.
Age 14. Celia is an extremely bright young girl of 12. She is who lives in a three room dirt floor home with seven other people. Her grandmother is her primary caretaker. She helps take care of three smaller brothers. In just one year Celia advanced from our beginners English class to the top level English class at Casa de los Sueños. Because of her level of poverty and lack of parents, without support, Celia is at high risk of dropping out of school and becoming pregnant. With support and monitoring, however, we believe she can achieve great things. Celia’s favorite thing to do is play games and her favorite food is chicken. A shy girl, she comes out of her shell when playing soccer during sports club at Casa de los Sueños.
Age 9. Julian came to Casa de los Sueños malnourished and with no schooling. He was an extremely quiet boy of 7, self-reliant by necessity, and closed off due to early childhood emotional trauma. Since he started studying at Casa de los Sueños, he has learned to read syllables and is on track to learn how to read fluently. He has also started to come out of his shell. Julian was taken away from his mother due to neglect two years ago and now lives with his grandmother and seven other people in a three room dirt-floor home. He does not have a lot of support at home. However, with program support, food aid and monitoring, we believe that Julian can really succeed. Julian’s favorite thing to eat is oranges and he likes to play soccer and ride bikes for fun. He dreams of one day owning a machine that will wash his clothes for him.
Age 11. Pablo is extremely intelligent, one of the brightest children at Casa de los Sueños. At 10 years old, he picks everything up quickly, and has an “academic” personality. Pedro dropped out of school when he was in 1st grade and lived with his mother, who neglected him. He has since been taken away from his mother to live with his grandmother, and is now re-enrolled in school. Pablo lives in a three room dirt floor home with seven other people. He has street smarts and massive potential. With support, food aid and monitoring, we believe that Pablo can really succeed. Pablo’s favorite things to do are puzzles and bike riding. Pedro’s favorite food is cake and his favorite thing to do at Casa de los Sueños is play soccer in sports club. He dreams of one day having his own bike.
Age 13 Estefanie is a sweet, quiet, and smart girl who has studied with Education Plus since 2013. Despite being a naturally quiet girl, Estefanie is not afraid to raise her hand in English class and to practice her English outside of class. Estefanie lives with her mother, father, little brother, and baby sister, in a two-‐room dirt-‐floor wooden shack about a 20-‐ minute walk from the program. Despite the distance, Estefanie boasts excellent attendance. Estefanie’s father is a carpenter and her mother is a seamstress who works part-‐time from home. Estefanie’s favorite food is pizza and her favorite thing to do for fun is to play with her 11-‐year old brother. Estefanie dreams one day of being a fashion designer. When she has art supplies, she likes to draw clothes and her family decorates the walls of their home with these drawings.
Age 14. Gary is a serious, hard-working boy of 13 who has studied at the program since 2012. He lives in a two-room dirt-floor home with his mother and six other family members, including his little brother and sister. Despite their poverty, this family shares a lot of love. Even though Gary’s mother is a single mother who works when she can, it is clear that she prioritizes her children above all else, which already gives Gary a big advantage. Gary is super smart and is in our most advanced English class. He would like to continue on to University and we believe that with continued academic support this could be a very real possibility. Gary’s favorite food, he tells us, is “everything”. His favorite activities are playing soccer, participating in dance club and music classes, and going on field trips with Casa de los Sueños
Age 12. Luis is a fun loving boy who has studied at the program since 2012. He lives in a two-room dirt-floor home with his mother and six other family members, including his older brother and little sister. Despite their poverty, this family shares a lot of love. Even though Luis’s mother is a single mother who works when she can, it is clear that she prioritizes her children above all else, which in turn has made Luis a happy, well-adjusted boy. Gary is an intelligent boy and studies in our most advanced English class. Luis’s favorite food is chicken. His favorite activities are playing baseball, soccer, and going on field trips with Casa de los Sueños.