We hope for many things at the Amigos for Christ Academy. We hope our students are safe, we hope they know they are loved, and we hope that they flourish into inspired and empathetic people of this world, ready to serve this world and to change the world. Hope often starts small, and grows, and grows, and grows.
When he graduates sixth grade in a year, he will be the first one in his family to get a scholarship to study at a private high school, and then with a little luck and his strong work ethic, he will be the first in his family to go on to college and get a degree, perhaps a job in the city, or in a different city.
We hope, too, that he is the last. The last of the children in Chuscada to miss school because of stomach viruses, the last of the students to drop out before completing 5th grade. We hope he is the last student with parents who cannot read or write, and perhaps the last of the students who must decide between an education and small supplemental income. We hope he is the last of the students whose parents leave the country to find work opportunities elsewhere, and of course we hope he is the last of the students who think about their future in any place but their home, Nicaragua.