Success Stories

Leadership stories about students who grew up in poverty, but were given a chance to be future leaders in their countries.

  • Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Succeed

    In Guatemala’s male-dominated society, women are often seen as inferior. Silvia’s father mistreated his wife and daughters regularly. When he insisted Silvia abandon her education, she bravely went to college … in spite of the consequences at home.

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  • An Exceptional Student With a Special Calling

    Dewi grew up in a poor family where simply surviving was a daily struggle — regular meals were a luxury. Now, she’s attending college and majoring in special education so she can teach children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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  • Rescued From Excruciating Poverty

    Overwhelming poverty was a way of life for Maureen and her family. The time between meals for Maureen and her family wasn’t just hours, but days. She and her sister would root in the garbage for scraps of food. But thanks to the Leadership Development Program, her future is now bright.

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  • A Dream Fulfilled

    With a passion for mathematics but no money for school, Roni’s dreams of working for IBM seemed like a fairy tale. But even after his parents’ divorce moved him far from the Compassion center, Roni is now working for IBM … and pursuing a second degree.

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  • Surrounded by Violence, Overcoming Through Faith

    As the only Christian at his college, Dol is ridiculed for his faith. And a decades-long conflict with rival universities has left several students dead, including one of Dol’s classmates. In spite of the teasing and violence, Dol is about to graduate.

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