Johanna Bustillo

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

Stats

Birthday - --/--/2008
Favorite Subject - Math
Home Village - La Isla


Bio

Johanna lives with her parents, grandparents, and three sisters. Her dad works 6 months of the year harvesting sugar cane (November-May) while her mom stays at home with the children. When her dad is working, the family is able to meet their basic needs. When he is unemployed, they often are without food. Johanna is currently in 1st grade. She loves to paint in school. In her free time, she likes to play ball. She dreams of becoming a doctor.

April 21, 2015

Even with tutoring, Johanna has continued to struggle. Johanna works hard, but school is difficult for her. With her sister’s illness this year, no one in the family was overseeing Johanna’s school attendance. Because she does not yet have a firm grasp on phonics and letter sounds, Johanna will be repeating first grade. She will be working with our sponsorship staff and help improve her reading skills to be able to pass this year. Through her sponsorship, Johanna was able to participate in her school’s end of the year celebration. Thankfully her sister, Lydia, is improving every day. Their family has grown this year in their care for the four girls and we believe that this growth will positively affect both Johanna’s schooling and health in the coming year. Johanna started 1st grade again in February 2015. She received her new uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies. Johanna also participated in two public health teachings. In December, she and her family attended a teaching on water-born illnesses and received a free water filter to ensure that their family has access to clean drinking water. In January, she participated in a dental hygiene teaching where she learned to properly brush her teeth and received a free toothbrush and other hygiene items.

June 2015

Johanna is enjoying first grade more this year. She has been attending weekly tutoring sessions with our sponsorship staff. Through this tutoring, Johanna has improved her performance in school. She now has advanced grades in Math, Cultural Studies, and PE. Her most difficult class is Spanish. Johanna is meeting her basic requirements for reading, but still struggles some with decoding words. I believe that she will pass first grade this year. She is still struggling with her conduct in class. Our sponsorship staff has been meeting with her and her mom about Johanna’s behavior in class. The family continues to struggle with Lydia’s, her younger sister, illness. Through her sponsorship, Johanna was able to receive free dental care through the New Song clinic to have an infected tooth pulled.

December 2015

Throughout the school year, it has become apparent that Johanna has some learning disabilities. She is a hard worker and attends tutoring with our sponsorship staff. However, even with the extra assistance, Johanna has not been able to keep up with her grade level peers. She was doing well in the first grading period, but has the class progressed to more difficult concepts Johanna has been unable to keep up with grade level standards. School will always be difficult for her. Our sponsorship staff has met with Johanna’s teacher, principal, and family to encourage them to pass her to second grade at the end of the school year. Johanna will always struggle to meet grade level standards, but moving on with her class will allow Johanna to learn as many new skills as possible and continue to develop her social skills. Through her sponsorship, Johanna received her new uniform and shoes for the second semester of classes. She was also able to participate in a field trip with her school. In her tutoring sessions she has received help completing her homework as well as concentrated work in letter sounds, decoding words, and number sense. Johanna’s family has been going through a difficult time as her dad has been unable to find steady work in Chichigalpa. In October he made the decision to travel to Costa Rica to search for work. He is hoping for better paying work in the neighboring nation, but it has been a difficult transition for the girls to not have their dad at home. They miss him.

April 2016

Johanna did move on to second grade and began the new school year in February. She received her uniform, shoes, backpack, school supplies and an athletic outfit to participate in her PE class. Johanna is still significantly behind in both reading and math, but she continues to attend class faithfully and work hard to learn as much as she can. Johanna is still attending weekly tutoring with our sponsorship to help her practice number building and word decoding. In math her class has been learning to tell time. In math her class has been learning to tell time and in Language & Literature she has been learning to write words with consonant blends as well as writing paragraphs and riddles. Johanna and her family recently moved to a different part of the village. They were previously living on the same land as their grandma, but have now built a small plastic and tin house on their own plot of land.

Fall 2016

Although Johanna continues to work hard in school, she was failing both Language Arts and Math at the end of the first grading period. Johanna’s teacher still does not acknowledge her learning disabilities and makes no attempts to modify work for her. Johanna continues to attend weekly tutoring sessions with our sponsorship staff and has made significant improvements this year in both phonics and number sense. Even with these improvements, Johanna is still significantly below grade level. Johanna received her new uniform and pair of shoes for the second semester of classes. Through her sponsorship, her class received a water bucket so that her class has water to drink during the school day. She was also able to cook a traditional Nicaraguan meal to present for her Cultural Studies class. Johanna has enjoyed bringing plants and flowers to school to study as a part of her Vocational Studies class. As a focus on preventative health care, Johanna’s sponsorship provided her with a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and dental hygiene teaching. For several months this year, Johanna’s dad had been in Costa Rica working and sending money back to care for his daughters. They missed their dad, but this job had helped provide food for the family. Johanna’s dad has now returned home and is working in a local farm. They are happy to be under one roof again, but it is more difficult for the family to meet their needs.

Updates

Johanna lives with her parents, grandparents, and three sisters. Her dad works 6 months of the year harvesting sugar cane (November-May) while her mom stays at home with the children. When her dad is working, the family is able to meet their basic needs. When he is unemployed, they often are without food. Johanna is currently in 1st grade. She loves to paint in school. In her free time, she likes to play ball. She dreams of becoming a doctor.

April 21, 2015

Even with tutoring, Johanna has continued to struggle. Johanna works hard, but school is difficult for her. With her sister’s illness this year, no one in the family was overseeing Johanna’s school attendance. Because she does not yet have a firm grasp on phonics and letter sounds, Johanna will be repeating first grade. She will be working with our sponsorship staff and help improve her reading skills to be able to pass this year. Through her sponsorship, Johanna was able to participate in her school’s end of the year celebration. Thankfully her sister, Lydia, is improving every day. Their family has grown this year in their care for the four girls and we believe that this growth will positively affect both Johanna’s schooling and health in the coming year. Johanna started 1st grade again in February 2015. She received her new uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies. Johanna also participated in two public health teachings. In December, she and her family attended a teaching on water-born illnesses and received a free water filter to ensure that their family has access to clean drinking water. In January, she participated in a dental hygiene teaching where she learned to properly brush her teeth and received a free toothbrush and other hygiene items.

June 2015

Johanna is enjoying first grade more this year. She has been attending weekly tutoring sessions with our sponsorship staff. Through this tutoring, Johanna has improved her performance in school. She now has advanced grades in Math, Cultural Studies, and PE. Her most difficult class is Spanish. Johanna is meeting her basic requirements for reading, but still struggles some with decoding words. I believe that she will pass first grade this year. She is still struggling with her conduct in class. Our sponsorship staff has been meeting with her and her mom about Johanna’s behavior in class. The family continues to struggle with Lydia’s, her younger sister, illness. Through her sponsorship, Johanna was able to receive free dental care through the New Song clinic to have an infected tooth pulled.

December 2015

Throughout the school year, it has become apparent that Johanna has some learning disabilities. She is a hard worker and attends tutoring with our sponsorship staff. However, even with the extra assistance, Johanna has not been able to keep up with her grade level peers. She was doing well in the first grading period, but has the class progressed to more difficult concepts Johanna has been unable to keep up with grade level standards. School will always be difficult for her. Our sponsorship staff has met with Johanna’s teacher, principal, and family to encourage them to pass her to second grade at the end of the school year. Johanna will always struggle to meet grade level standards, but moving on with her class will allow Johanna to learn as many new skills as possible and continue to develop her social skills. Through her sponsorship, Johanna received her new uniform and shoes for the second semester of classes. She was also able to participate in a field trip with her school. In her tutoring sessions she has received help completing her homework as well as concentrated work in letter sounds, decoding words, and number sense. Johanna’s family has been going through a difficult time as her dad has been unable to find steady work in Chichigalpa. In October he made the decision to travel to Costa Rica to search for work. He is hoping for better paying work in the neighboring nation, but it has been a difficult transition for the girls to not have their dad at home. They miss him.

April 2016

Johanna did move on to second grade and began the new school year in February. She received her uniform, shoes, backpack, school supplies and an athletic outfit to participate in her PE class. Johanna is still significantly behind in both reading and math, but she continues to attend class faithfully and work hard to learn as much as she can. Johanna is still attending weekly tutoring with our sponsorship to help her practice number building and word decoding. In math her class has been learning to tell time. In math her class has been learning to tell time and in Language & Literature she has been learning to write words with consonant blends as well as writing paragraphs and riddles. Johanna and her family recently moved to a different part of the village. They were previously living on the same land as their grandma, but have now built a small plastic and tin house on their own plot of land.

Fall 2016

Although Johanna continues to work hard in school, she was failing both Language Arts and Math at the end of the first grading period. Johanna’s teacher still does not acknowledge her learning disabilities and makes no attempts to modify work for her. Johanna continues to attend weekly tutoring sessions with our sponsorship staff and has made significant improvements this year in both phonics and number sense. Even with these improvements, Johanna is still significantly below grade level. Johanna received her new uniform and pair of shoes for the second semester of classes. Through her sponsorship, her class received a water bucket so that her class has water to drink during the school day. She was also able to cook a traditional Nicaraguan meal to present for her Cultural Studies class. Johanna has enjoyed bringing plants and flowers to school to study as a part of her Vocational Studies class. As a focus on preventative health care, Johanna’s sponsorship provided her with a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and dental hygiene teaching. For several months this year, Johanna’s dad had been in Costa Rica working and sending money back to care for his daughters. They missed their dad, but this job had helped provide food for the family. Johanna’s dad has now returned home and is working in a local farm. They are happy to be under one roof again, but it is more difficult for the family to meet their needs.

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