"I want girls to see that they learn skills and get ahead...."

Meet María García Hernández, one of our outstanding young leaders from the community of Iwiltic, Chiapas who became a GPA intern in 2018. Maria is 20 years old, and speaks Tzeltal and Spanish. She is the 4th child from a family of 9 children, and is the first in her family to finish high school. “Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to study,” explains Mary. “When I was in elementary school, I dreamed about going to high school. But everyone told me it was impossible because it’s difficult, or costs too much, or because I’m a girl. But I was determined. When I finished junior high, I lost my motivation. I thought it would be better to find a job, and I began working in a restaurant, bu

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Global Pediatric Alliance promotes grassroots empowerment and community-based healthcare to improve the lives of women and children, and reduce maternal and infant mortality in Latin America.

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Jarosz, Nikhol Esteras, and Stacey Ramirez

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