Fourteen-year-old Gimena comes from a rural community in Honduras with high illiteracy rates. Most registered teenagers in this area come from families so focused on survival that education is not a priority.
But ever since she was a little girl, Gimena excelled when it came to solving math problems, even as the grade difficulty grew. And she’s not just good at it — she loves it.
But how did Gimena find her passion for math?
“When I was a preschooler, my Compassion tutor used to challenge us to quickly solve math problems and rewarded the winner with a special prize,” said Gimena. “Such activity not only triggered my competitive side, but over the years I became good at math.”
Since Gimena was registered in the Compassion program, she has been encouraged in her talent and given school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, shoes and other school equipment to carry on with her education.
“Gimena learned in the Compassion center to pursue and achieve further academic goals,” says Maria, the center’s director. “Gimena is very competitive, and she’s involved in every race and activity developed in our center. We’re happy to see her thriving and getting ahead with her education.”
At age 14, Gimena is in eighth grade and has won local and national math championships. She has been awarded silver and gold medals in competitions and has also appeared on local radio and television shows to speak on the importance of education and to encourage other young people to work hard on their math educations. According to Gimena, it has been a privilege and honor to represent her community and be a role model for other kids her age.