Carla Judith Ortiz Cerna

Sponsored for $25 a month
Program Partner: New Song Nica

Stats

Birthday - 2/11/2004
Favorite Subject - Math
Home Village - Candelaria


Bio

Carla lives with her mom, dad, and two siblings. The family has financial needs. They are renting the house they live in because they cannot afford to build their own house. Carla’s parents often send her to her grandparents’ house to eat because there is no food in the house.  Her dad works seasonally in the sugar cane fields. When he is working, they are able to meet their basic needs. During the six months of unemployment, they struggle to survive. Carla will begin 5th grade in February 2014. She has such a sweet heart and spirit. She is very involved in our Sunday school program.  Math is her favorite class. Carla dreams of working as a secretary one day.

April 16, 2015

Carla finished her year in 5th grade. Her teacher says that she is a very hard worker and listens well in class. She is a C student overall and her best grades are in Science, Social Studies, and Civics. In the last months of school Carla was able to receive additional school supplies, cook typical Nicaraguan food for her Cultural Studies class, and participate in her school’s end of the year celebration. Carla and her family also participated in a public health teaching on water-born illnesses and received a free water filter for their family to ensure that they will have clean drinking water at their home.

May 29, 2015

Carla started 6th grade in February 2015. She received her new uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies. She also received an athletic outfit in order to fully participate in her PE class. Carla is excited to be in her final year of elementary school and is looking forward to her graduation in December. Carla is enjoying her last year of elementary school. Her favorite class is Language & Literature. Carla has a C average overall. Her best grades are in PE and Cultural Studies (both 80%). Her most difficult class is math. Sponsorship has helped her to complete special class projects and investigations. It has allowed her to create maps for her social studies class and to participate in a Cultural Studies activity celebrating traditional Nicaraguan dishes.

December 2015

Carla continues to work hard in 6th grade. She has a C average overall in her classes. Her best grades are in Cultural Studies, PE, and Technical Studies (all 80%). Her most difficult classes are Language & Literature and Civics. Carla received her uniform and shoes for the second semester of classes as well as an athletic outfit to participate in her PE class. Through her sponsorship, she was also able to participate in celebrations at her school for International Children’s Day and Father’s Day. She also was able to visit a local cyber café to do research for one of her classes and to cook traditional Nicaraguan food for her Cultural Studies class. Carla is looking forward to her graduation from elementary school in December. She is doing well, but has begun to enter into her teenage years where she is struggling with changing emotions and mood swings. We have definitely seen a change in her attitude over the last few months and continue to talk to Carla about making good choices as she walks through these transitional years. Carla’s family has also been facing some personal challenges as her dad was hospitalized in September due to low potassium levels as a result of his kidney disease. Thankfully he is now home and doing much better.

April 2016

Carla celebrated her graduation from elementary school in December 2015. Her sponsorship covered the cost of participation in her graduation ceremony. Carla was so proud of herself for achieving this accomplishment! She started her first year of high school in February 2016. Carla received her uniform, shoes, backpack, school supplies and an athletic outfit to participate in PE. She has been enjoying the transition to high school and has made new friends. Her favorite class is Vocational Studies where they are completing a unit learning how to sew. Carla made a shirt as a project for this class. Sponsorship provided her with the materials to complete this project. Her most difficult classes are math and English. This is her first year studying English in school and pronunciation of words has been difficult for Carla to master. Carla has become much more involved at New Song. She is coming to weekly Bible study with the youth. She has also been completing service hours by helping provide tutoring to our struggling first and second graders. We love to see how Carla is growing this year! Carla celebrated her 12th birthday in February. Her sponsorship allowed her to have a birthday dinner at home with her family.

Fall 2016

Carla is such a mature young woman with a caring heart. She has become very involved with the ministry at New Song Mission this year. Carla continues to attend youth Bible study and a youth leadership group. She also has begun teaching Sunday school for girls 7-9, works tutoring struggling students, and is beginning to lead a group of youth into the community to visit families. It has been wonderful to watch her develop such passion to serve her church and community! Carla has been working hard in school, but the first year of high school is difficult for many students because they are studying new subjects and have more demanding classes. Carla has been struggling this year in her math class and although she was able to raise this grade significantly in the second grading period she is still failing math for the semester. Carla is working hard and plans to continue raising her math grade in order to pass for the year. Her best grades are 95% in both Civics and Cultural Studies. Her sponsorship has greatly supported her work in school. Through her sponsorship, Carla has been able to complete class projects, purchase a book for her English class, and participate in a field trip to the capital city of Managua. Carla also received a new uniform and pair of shoes for the second semester of classes. Thanks to her sponsorship, she was able to receive medicine through the New Song clinic.

Updates

Carla lives with her mom, dad, and two siblings. The family has financial needs. They are renting the house they live in because they cannot afford to build their own house. Carla’s parents often send her to her grandparents’ house to eat because there is no food in the house.  Her dad works seasonally in the sugar cane fields. When he is working, they are able to meet their basic needs. During the six months of unemployment, they struggle to survive. Carla will begin 5th grade in February 2014. She has such a sweet heart and spirit. She is very involved in our Sunday school program.  Math is her favorite class. Carla dreams of working as a secretary one day.

April 16, 2015

Carla finished her year in 5th grade. Her teacher says that she is a very hard worker and listens well in class. She is a C student overall and her best grades are in Science, Social Studies, and Civics. In the last months of school Carla was able to receive additional school supplies, cook typical Nicaraguan food for her Cultural Studies class, and participate in her school’s end of the year celebration. Carla and her family also participated in a public health teaching on water-born illnesses and received a free water filter for their family to ensure that they will have clean drinking water at their home.

May 29, 2015

Carla started 6th grade in February 2015. She received her new uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies. She also received an athletic outfit in order to fully participate in her PE class. Carla is excited to be in her final year of elementary school and is looking forward to her graduation in December. Carla is enjoying her last year of elementary school. Her favorite class is Language & Literature. Carla has a C average overall. Her best grades are in PE and Cultural Studies (both 80%). Her most difficult class is math. Sponsorship has helped her to complete special class projects and investigations. It has allowed her to create maps for her social studies class and to participate in a Cultural Studies activity celebrating traditional Nicaraguan dishes.

December 2015

Carla continues to work hard in 6th grade. She has a C average overall in her classes. Her best grades are in Cultural Studies, PE, and Technical Studies (all 80%). Her most difficult classes are Language & Literature and Civics. Carla received her uniform and shoes for the second semester of classes as well as an athletic outfit to participate in her PE class. Through her sponsorship, she was also able to participate in celebrations at her school for International Children’s Day and Father’s Day. She also was able to visit a local cyber café to do research for one of her classes and to cook traditional Nicaraguan food for her Cultural Studies class. Carla is looking forward to her graduation from elementary school in December. She is doing well, but has begun to enter into her teenage years where she is struggling with changing emotions and mood swings. We have definitely seen a change in her attitude over the last few months and continue to talk to Carla about making good choices as she walks through these transitional years. Carla’s family has also been facing some personal challenges as her dad was hospitalized in September due to low potassium levels as a result of his kidney disease. Thankfully he is now home and doing much better.

April 2016

Carla celebrated her graduation from elementary school in December 2015. Her sponsorship covered the cost of participation in her graduation ceremony. Carla was so proud of herself for achieving this accomplishment! She started her first year of high school in February 2016. Carla received her uniform, shoes, backpack, school supplies and an athletic outfit to participate in PE. She has been enjoying the transition to high school and has made new friends. Her favorite class is Vocational Studies where they are completing a unit learning how to sew. Carla made a shirt as a project for this class. Sponsorship provided her with the materials to complete this project. Her most difficult classes are math and English. This is her first year studying English in school and pronunciation of words has been difficult for Carla to master. Carla has become much more involved at New Song. She is coming to weekly Bible study with the youth. She has also been completing service hours by helping provide tutoring to our struggling first and second graders. We love to see how Carla is growing this year! Carla celebrated her 12th birthday in February. Her sponsorship allowed her to have a birthday dinner at home with her family.

Fall 2016

Carla is such a mature young woman with a caring heart. She has become very involved with the ministry at New Song Mission this year. Carla continues to attend youth Bible study and a youth leadership group. She also has begun teaching Sunday school for girls 7-9, works tutoring struggling students, and is beginning to lead a group of youth into the community to visit families. It has been wonderful to watch her develop such passion to serve her church and community! Carla has been working hard in school, but the first year of high school is difficult for many students because they are studying new subjects and have more demanding classes. Carla has been struggling this year in her math class and although she was able to raise this grade significantly in the second grading period she is still failing math for the semester. Carla is working hard and plans to continue raising her math grade in order to pass for the year. Her best grades are 95% in both Civics and Cultural Studies. Her sponsorship has greatly supported her work in school. Through her sponsorship, Carla has been able to complete class projects, purchase a book for her English class, and participate in a field trip to the capital city of Managua. Carla also received a new uniform and pair of shoes for the second semester of classes. Thanks to her sponsorship, she was able to receive medicine through the New Song clinic.

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