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Maria Villanueva Gomez finished elementary school when she was 12. At that time, she quit school and started cleaning houses to help support her family. Her parents divorced, and she then moved to Rio Bravo to live with her sister. A few years ago, Maria started working for Georgina, a successful woman working at Corning Systems in Reynosa as an accountant. Georgina motivated Maria to start her junior high education on a government Adult Education Program. She graduated in 2011. In 2012, she started high school in the same program and finished. Now, she has started college and after the first year, she is at the top of her class. She has done all of this while cleaning houses to support herself. Maria’s dream after college is to continue to get her Master's degree and to work at one of the assembly plants in Reynosa.

Jesus Gomez (Mexico)



Jesus Gomez - Nursing - Reynosa Technical Institute - Mexico

Jesus Gómez is studying to become a nurse, and he is in his first year.His parents are divorced, and he receives no support from his father. Jesus works to provide his own clothes and living expenses. He recently volunteered with the mission team at the eye clinic in Rio Bravo and did a very good job. He goes by the nickname Junior.