Wilbur Funez

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

Stats

Birthday - 2/17/2008
Favorite Subject - Math
Home Village - Candelaria


Bio

Wilbur lives with his parents and two sisters in a small plastic house. Wilbur’s dad was diagnosed with CRI (Chronic Renal Insufficiency) in 2012. He is no longer able to work in the sugar cane fields. However, he does not receive a pension because he does not have the proper identification card to enroll for pension. He looks for temporary employment when his health allows. When he works, the family can meet their basic needs. When he is unable to work, they struggle to survive. They often rely on their extended family to help provide food for their children. Wilbur is currently is in his last year of preschool and will graduate from preschool in November 2013. He loves school, especially drawing and coloring. He attends school even without a uniform (something that very few children are willing to do). Sponsorship would allow Wilbur to study consistently and dream for a better future.

April 28, 2014

Wilbur started 1st grade in February. He was so excited to start elementary school! He received his uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies for the new year. Through his sponsorship, he was able to celebrate his birthday together with his family. Wilbur also loved receiving your letter and birthday gift. It meant so much to him! His family was able to receive food provisions through his sponsorship to help when his dad was without work. Wilbur was also able to receive medical care through the clinic to treat an infection.

August 25, 2014

Wilbur received his first report card of the year in May. His grades are very high and he is passing all classes. His top grades are in math and Spanish. Wilbur’s favorite class is math. He is learning his numbers and how to add and subtract. In Spanish, Wilbur’s class is doing a unit on stories. He loves listening to his teacher read to the class. Through his sponsorship, Wilbur received his second uniform of the year, a backpack, and extra needed school supplies. His sponsorship was also able to help his family with food provisions during a difficult time.

January 3, 2015

Wilbur will finish his first year of elementary school at the end of November. He teacher comments that he does well in school but can be talkative. His class is learning about large numbers and how to add two digit numbers. In his Spanish class, he continues to practice reading. His family has had a difficult time financially recently and his sponsorship was able to give food provisions. Through his sponsorship, Wilbur was able to go on a field trip with his school to a nearby city and provide him with extra school supplies such as a paint set. Wilbur’s uncle was struck by lightning and was in a coma. His mom helped to take care of him while he was in the hospital. However, he recently passed away. This whole process has been so difficult for Wilbur and his family.

April 22, 2015

At the end of the school year, Wilbur’s entire class took a cumulative skills exam. Wilbur is still below grade level in reading and phonics. His teacher felt that he was not ready to move on to 2nd grade. After talking with his mom, they decided to hold him back so that he can obtain a firmer grasp on basic phonics skills. This year Wilbur will receive weekly tutoring with our sponsorship staff to help improve his reading and phonics skills. In December Wilbur and his family attended a public health teaching where they learned about water-born illnesses and received a water filter for their home to ensure that the family has access to clean drinking water. Wilbur was also able to receive free medical care and medicine through the New Song clinic. Sponsorship also helped provide food provisions for his family when his mom’s pay arrived late. Wilbur started 1st grade again in February 2015. He received his uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies for the new year. He was also able to receive an outfit for his PE class. Wilbur is working hard in his classes and we believe that this year repeating first grade will help his educational progress in the years to come.

July 2015

Wilbur’s reading and math skills have improved as he began his year in first grade again. He has satisfactory skills in each of his classes, but is struggling with his conduct in class. Wilbur’s teacher says that he talks often in class and is very distracted. Our sponsorship staff has been meeting with him and giving him advice about his behavior in school. Through his sponsorship, he was able to receive a book to help improve his phonics skills. He was also able to participate in a Mother’s day and Children’s day celebrations at his school. Wilbur received a new uniform and pair of shoes for his second semester of classes. He and his family were also able to receive food provisions while his mom was recovering from an illness that kept her from being able to work.

November 2015

Wilbur finished his year in first grade and is excited to move on to 2nd grade in 2016. Although Wilbur passed for the year, his class conduct continued to be an issue. Due to poor behavior and attention in class, Wilbur had low grades in his classes. Our sponsorship staff has continued to meet with him and his family to see his classroom conduct improve in the new school year. Wilbur’s sponsorship supported his work at school greatly allowing him to complete special class projects, purchase a book for school, and cook a traditional Nicaraguan dish for his Cultural Studies class. Wilbur was also able to receive free medical care and medicine through the New Song clinic. We were also able to help his family purchase a new bed for Wilbur and his siblings after theirs broke.

April 2016

Wilbur began the second grade at the beginning of February. Thanks to his sponsorship, Wilbur received his uniform, backpack, shoes, school supplies, and an athletic outfit to participate in his physical education class. His favorite class is math because he loves to add and subtract. Wilbur is excited to be improving in his reading skills. Learning to read has been difficult for Wilbur, however he is great in math. Wilbur participates in New Song’s baseball league. His team is undefeated and he loves getting to be a part. Through the baseball program, Wilbur proudly wears his baseball uniform and new cleats. Wilbur loves making new friends through his team and school. Neither of his parents are working currently as his dad is sick with the kidney disease. They rely on help from neighbors and extended family members to survive. Sponsorship relieves the burden of his academic costs from his parents.

Fall 2016

Wilbur is doing very well in second grade. He has advanced grades in both reading and math. His teacher comments that Wilbur enjoys coming to school daily and he participates well in class. Wilbur received his new uniform and shoes for the second semester of classes. Through his sponsorship he was able to participate in a class field trip to the aquatic park. Wilbur continues to play for a baseball team through New Song’s sports ministry. They have moved from teeball to coach pitch baseball. Wilbur hopes that his team will once again win 1st place.

Updates

Wilbur lives with his parents and two sisters in a small plastic house. Wilbur’s dad was diagnosed with CRI (Chronic Renal Insufficiency) in 2012. He is no longer able to work in the sugar cane fields. However, he does not receive a pension because he does not have the proper identification card to enroll for pension. He looks for temporary employment when his health allows. When he works, the family can meet their basic needs. When he is unable to work, they struggle to survive. They often rely on their extended family to help provide food for their children. Wilbur is currently is in his last year of preschool and will graduate from preschool in November 2013. He loves school, especially drawing and coloring. He attends school even without a uniform (something that very few children are willing to do). Sponsorship would allow Wilbur to study consistently and dream for a better future.

April 28, 2014

Wilbur started 1st grade in February. He was so excited to start elementary school! He received his uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies for the new year. Through his sponsorship, he was able to celebrate his birthday together with his family. Wilbur also loved receiving your letter and birthday gift. It meant so much to him! His family was able to receive food provisions through his sponsorship to help when his dad was without work. Wilbur was also able to receive medical care through the clinic to treat an infection.

August 25, 2014

Wilbur received his first report card of the year in May. His grades are very high and he is passing all classes. His top grades are in math and Spanish. Wilbur’s favorite class is math. He is learning his numbers and how to add and subtract. In Spanish, Wilbur’s class is doing a unit on stories. He loves listening to his teacher read to the class. Through his sponsorship, Wilbur received his second uniform of the year, a backpack, and extra needed school supplies. His sponsorship was also able to help his family with food provisions during a difficult time.

January 3, 2015

Wilbur will finish his first year of elementary school at the end of November. He teacher comments that he does well in school but can be talkative. His class is learning about large numbers and how to add two digit numbers. In his Spanish class, he continues to practice reading. His family has had a difficult time financially recently and his sponsorship was able to give food provisions. Through his sponsorship, Wilbur was able to go on a field trip with his school to a nearby city and provide him with extra school supplies such as a paint set. Wilbur’s uncle was struck by lightning and was in a coma. His mom helped to take care of him while he was in the hospital. However, he recently passed away. This whole process has been so difficult for Wilbur and his family.

April 22, 2015

At the end of the school year, Wilbur’s entire class took a cumulative skills exam. Wilbur is still below grade level in reading and phonics. His teacher felt that he was not ready to move on to 2nd grade. After talking with his mom, they decided to hold him back so that he can obtain a firmer grasp on basic phonics skills. This year Wilbur will receive weekly tutoring with our sponsorship staff to help improve his reading and phonics skills. In December Wilbur and his family attended a public health teaching where they learned about water-born illnesses and received a water filter for their home to ensure that the family has access to clean drinking water. Wilbur was also able to receive free medical care and medicine through the New Song clinic. Sponsorship also helped provide food provisions for his family when his mom’s pay arrived late. Wilbur started 1st grade again in February 2015. He received his uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies for the new year. He was also able to receive an outfit for his PE class. Wilbur is working hard in his classes and we believe that this year repeating first grade will help his educational progress in the years to come.

July 2015

Wilbur’s reading and math skills have improved as he began his year in first grade again. He has satisfactory skills in each of his classes, but is struggling with his conduct in class. Wilbur’s teacher says that he talks often in class and is very distracted. Our sponsorship staff has been meeting with him and giving him advice about his behavior in school. Through his sponsorship, he was able to receive a book to help improve his phonics skills. He was also able to participate in a Mother’s day and Children’s day celebrations at his school. Wilbur received a new uniform and pair of shoes for his second semester of classes. He and his family were also able to receive food provisions while his mom was recovering from an illness that kept her from being able to work.

November 2015

Wilbur finished his year in first grade and is excited to move on to 2nd grade in 2016. Although Wilbur passed for the year, his class conduct continued to be an issue. Due to poor behavior and attention in class, Wilbur had low grades in his classes. Our sponsorship staff has continued to meet with him and his family to see his classroom conduct improve in the new school year. Wilbur’s sponsorship supported his work at school greatly allowing him to complete special class projects, purchase a book for school, and cook a traditional Nicaraguan dish for his Cultural Studies class. Wilbur was also able to receive free medical care and medicine through the New Song clinic. We were also able to help his family purchase a new bed for Wilbur and his siblings after theirs broke.

April 2016

Wilbur began the second grade at the beginning of February. Thanks to his sponsorship, Wilbur received his uniform, backpack, shoes, school supplies, and an athletic outfit to participate in his physical education class. His favorite class is math because he loves to add and subtract. Wilbur is excited to be improving in his reading skills. Learning to read has been difficult for Wilbur, however he is great in math. Wilbur participates in New Song’s baseball league. His team is undefeated and he loves getting to be a part. Through the baseball program, Wilbur proudly wears his baseball uniform and new cleats. Wilbur loves making new friends through his team and school. Neither of his parents are working currently as his dad is sick with the kidney disease. They rely on help from neighbors and extended family members to survive. Sponsorship relieves the burden of his academic costs from his parents.

Fall 2016

Wilbur is doing very well in second grade. He has advanced grades in both reading and math. His teacher comments that Wilbur enjoys coming to school daily and he participates well in class. Wilbur received his new uniform and shoes for the second semester of classes. Through his sponsorship he was able to participate in a class field trip to the aquatic park. Wilbur continues to play for a baseball team through New Song’s sports ministry. They have moved from teeball to coach pitch baseball. Wilbur hopes that his team will once again win 1st place.

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