A School for Alisbell

When Alisbell Ocón was born with Down syndrome, friends and neighbors assumed she would never go to school. In Nicaragua, children with disabilities are often viewed as a burden, because it is assumed others will need to care for them their entire lives. Many families view an education as a needless waste of time and…

The Empty Desk

Too often, Lizzy’s school desk was empty. The teachers would call her name, “Lizzy Paola?” yet there was rarely an answer. She became known around school as the student that hardly ever showed up at class. Like many other young people in Honduras, Lizzy was struggling to find some peace and satisfaction within herself. No…