***PLEASE DON'T TELL ERICK OR HIS FAMILY ABOUT THIS -- IT'S A SURPRISE***
Erick is a police officer in Guatemala, and a close friend of mine. I met him when he was a police escort for the humanitarian medical team I traveled with to the jungles of Guatemala last year.
He is a humble, kind-hearted, hilarious, hard-working human being with an amazing wife and two adorable daughters, and even though he works hard and lives a life of serving others, he lives in poverty.CLICK HERE to read more about this amazing family, my experiences with them, and their situation.
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Every night I go to sleep wishing I could help Erick do what he has always wanted to do -- go to college, get his education, and provide a better life for his family. And with your help, we can.
Right now, Erick works a 12-hour-bus ride away from home, where he sleeps at the police station for about eight days in a row, then goes home for a couple days, and repeats the process. He earns only $600 per month for a family of four -- very little to live on, even in Guatemala.
For $5,000, Erick can enroll at his local university and complete the four years of school needed for a promotion and a better life. It would enable him to work close to home and live with his sweet family, instead of being across the country from them 85% of the time.
$5,000 can change four lives.
And any money we were to raise beyond that would easily further help them with their expenses.
If I could pay for Erick's entire education myself, I would do it in a heartbeat (...I'm still paying for mine, hahaha).
Every dollar counts. There is nothing more socially uncomfortable for me than asking a friend for financial support, but in this case, the pain of not doing so is greater.
Thank you so much for your kindness -- it means more to me than you know.