Roxana didn’t hesitate to enroll her daughter. Even though she doesn’t consider herself a Christian, Roxana decided that Erika deserved to have better opportunities than she could offer her.
As she grew up, Erika attended Iglesia de Dios Santuario de Restauración, where she says she received the motivation she needed to change the mindset of poverty as a barrier and, instead, believe that she could reach her goals.
Surrounded by adults who loved her and protected her, Erika was able to build confidence and solid self-esteem. "Perseverance" became one of her favorite words.
“We noticed that Erika was very smart, and we wanted to support her in everything,” says Ruth Martinez, Director of Erika’s center.
Erika boldly chose to study nursing, becoming the first one in her center to receive a scholarship through Compassion’s Youth Development. This educational strategy allows the young adult to continue in the Compassion program until the age of 22 and covers all the expenses of monthly school fees, books, laboratory practices and graduation costs.
“Other beneficiaries now look up to her as their role model. They want to be where Erika is, and she encourages them,” says Ruth.