Through her sponsorship, Blanca was able to go to middle school and high school. But as she grew older, she struggled in a culture that taught she should be providing for her family, not wasting her time in school. During summers and school breaks Blanca worked at a factory — but her parents wouldn’t let her ignore her schoolwork.
“I remember when I got my first paycheck I went running back home,” says Blanca. “I gave my parents all my money and told them that I would keep working to help my other sisters stay in school. But they refused to let me drop out of school.”
Eventually, as Blanca watched her father struggle, she began to understand the value of education. As a teen she applied for a university scholarship, and she went on to study education, graduating with a degree in pedagogy.
“I did not always understand what Blanca was doing when she did her homework,” says Enrique, “but I just knew I had to support her because I always wanted what was best for her.”
After graduating, Blanca began volunteering with a group who helped adults learn to read and write. And one of her first students was Enrique.
“I made sure I signed my father up as one of my students,” says Blanca. “I taught him grammar, vocabulary, math and all the required subjects so he could graduate.”
Today, Enrique can proudly say he is a high school graduate. But he’d rather brag about his daughter. Blanca is a full-time teacher in her community, and she still helps teach adults like her father who never had a chance to complete their education.