Emili Arriana Navarrete Eugarrios is in 6th grade in the 2022 school year. We met her through our contact Ashley, who worked with her in the Amigos en Accion program. Ashley spoke so highly of Emili that we wanted to meet her. Christa visited her and her mother and older sister with Ashley during her visit in December, and in April of 2022, we received an application for her. The board voted quickly to accept her and we are excited to start this journey with her.
To express a bit about Emili, it’s best to use Ashley’s letter of recommendation:
I am writing this letter to you to recommend Emili Ariana Navarrete Eugarrios for a scholarship from your foundation. I have known Emili personally for the past three years, since she has participated in the program Amigos en Acción that I run here in El Sauce alongside an El Sauce native, Martha Rojas. I met Emili’s family six years ago, when Emili’s older sister began participating in Amigos en Acción, and have had the pleasure of getting to work with Emili these past two years in the program. Emili lives with her mother, her 15 year old sister Angie Michel, and her older brother.
Emili comes from a humble family that has endured its share of obstacles. Emili’s parents have recently divorced, which has definitely caused stress for her, her mother Heydi, and her sister. Emili’s father is supposed to pay child support but has yet to do so, and as a result, Heydi struggles to make ends meet to ensure that Emili and her siblings’ needs are met. Heydi works as a nail stylist. She expressed that the past years have been extremely difficult because of the pandemic, drastically reducing her ability to continue with her business because of the fear of contagion; people were fearful of visiting Heydi’s home to get their nails done or having her visit their own home. However, she does her best to work when she is able to provide for her family, even while struggling with her own mental health issues as a result of the divorce. Despite these struggles, Emili and her family are very united and support each other beautifully.
It has been such a pleasure to get to know and teach Emili these past two years at Amigos en Acción. Emili is quiet, but she has proven to be a natural leader whose leadership and teaching skills have grown immensely since she has been in the program, even despite participating during the three years that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Emili is a dedicated student, and she has a natural desire to help. She hopes to be an engineer to prove that women can be engineers, and I truly believe she will achieve this! One of her school classmates also participates in the program, and this student, Jan Carlos, struggles a bit more than Emili does. Emili has jumped eagerly into the role of being Jan Carlos’ friend, working everyday side-by-side with him to complete their homework, explaining mathematical concepts with patience that surpasses that of most 11-year-olds, and studying with him to make sure they both learn the concepts for quizzes. Emili is very careful with all of her work; she has excellent handwriting and always takes extra care to make sure her projects are well-written, and isn’t afraid to ask for help when she doesn’t understand.
This year, Emili is in 6th grade and will graduate in December; next year will be her first year of secondary school. Receiving a scholarship from ONE will ensure that she will be able to participate in her graduation ceremony, and will set her up for success for high school since her family will be able to count on Emili having all of her educational needs met so that she can focus on studying to achieve her goals.
In addition, Emili wrote a letter to us, which we have translated here:
Dear ONE Foundation
My name is Emili Ariana Navarrete Eugarrios. I am 11 years old and I am in 6th grade. I live with my mother and my two siblings.
The reason for this letter is to ask you for a scholarship from your foundation. I am a good student and I love to learn. My mother stays as home and at times goes out to paint nails from time to time to earn a little money to help me and my siblings and with the pandemic it has been more difficult. This year will be my graduation from sixth grade and I need help to be able to participate in the ceremony and after that to be able to study in secondary school.
If you give me a scholarship I promise to do well and complete everything you ask me to.
I await your help, may God bless you all.
Emili has been meeting with Raquel and Karina from time to time for Karina’s mentoring sessions. Karina says they’ve been talking about all kinds of things: school, boys, their future, etc. During their most recent meeting, Karina decided to ask them some questions and here are the answers she got from Emili:
1) Why do you think education is important?
I think that education is important because thanks to education we can achieve what we want, our goals.
2) What would you like to be in the future?
I would like to be an engineer in structure and design.
3) If you had one wish, what would it be?
My wish would be that I could leave class with very good grades and be able to be what I want to be.
4) What are you afraid of?
My biggest fear is being alone without my family.
5) What do you think are your strengths?
My family, the faith I have in God, I believe in myself and what I want to accomplish.
6) If you could travel, where would you like to go?
To Somltillo, a town in Chinandega.
Karina says that Emili is very serious and shy, but we can’t think of a better person for her to have as a mentor. She’s in very good hands! And just because we thought it was too cute to pass up, we attached a video of Emili and Raquel saying hi to Christa. Hopefully they will both get to meet more of the ONE board soon!