Jessica Story: Youth Artist of the Year. Panama

Jessica was a restless, withdrawn child when she came to Badi.  She was taken in, loved, and cared for. To help her channel her energy, “learn patience,” and express herself, she was taught to paint as an after-school activity.  Her talent flourished, and she began participating in different exhibits in her school district and later across Panama. Today, she has successfully graduated from the College of Architecture on a full scholarship, is recognized as the “Panama Youth Artist of the Year” and owns her own gallery!  She is also giving back to society by teaching other girls at Badi School how to paint.

Discover another hidden talent. Educate another Jessica.

It takes only $50 / month to educate a student at Badi School in Panama.

More stories you may like

Sabine Story: Graduating with pride and dignity

Sabine is one of four children being raised by a single mom. When Sabine entered eighth grade, her mother could no longer afford the fees. It looked like Sabine would have to leave school. Thankfully, because of donors like you, the Mona Foundation was able to offer a scholarship to Sabine.

Read More

Shafali Story: Empowered and preventing child marriages. India.

Shefali, an Aarohini student at Prerna Girls School, was concerned that her neighbor, Laali, was about to be married at age 16. Laali’s mother worked in a hospital, but with the father not around, she had difficulty supporting the family.

Read More

Shalini Story: From slums to star student. India

Shalini was illiterate when she came to the Shankarpur Non-Formal Education Center (NEC) two years ago. She had never attended school before. Her parents left the country, so she lived with her grandmother in severe poverty in a slum surrounding Lucknow.

Read More