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Member of the Guatemalan National Swimming Team for:
-FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, Istanbul, Turkey 2012
-FINA Long Course World Swimming Championships, Barcelona, Spain 2013
Open Water and Swimming
-Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China 2014
-FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, Doha, Qatar 2014
Poverty and lack of education in Guatemala have serious consequences in our communities.
Watching small children asking for money in the streets, without access to food, water, or and education, is both heartbreaking and alarming, especially when one considers their future. In Guatemala City many children are given away by their own parents to a person who pays them a fee to have their kids working in the streets all day long. It violates the children’s human rights and steals their childhood and their future.
The Municipality of Guatemala and our mayor's wife, Mrs. Patricia de Arzú, have created a program based on raising awareness in parents about the importance of giving their children an education. The program has put up many Children’s Centers around the city in which street children are given a proper education, three meals a day, and extracurricular activities to learn through and become engaged in. They are educating the children of tomorrow, but they lack the funds needed to keep these centers active year-round.
Because I believe that knowledge is both power and security, since September of 2009 I have organized a yearly 6-hour Swimming Marathon to raise funds for these centers, for hospitals for malnourished children, and for orphanages. Swimmers from all over the country have come to swim and donated money, supplies, clothes, and food for the children. So far, we have helped over 2,000 children.
Additionally, I often visit an orphanage in my neighborhood and spend time with the children. Every time I visit them my heart breaks as I realize their strong need for affection, love, and attention. Most of these kids have been abandoned, hurt, and abused. They are taken away from their homes and kept in orphanages under the care of women volunteers. The centers need many volunteers because they open their doors to more orphans every month.
By helping these children we are building a better Guatemala.
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