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Angelina Was Homeless, But You Are Sending Her to College

 
Angelina knew she would have to work hard to achieve her dreams. She was born in Altagracia, an impoverished batey in the Dominican Republic. A batey is a shantytown originally built for migrant sugarcane workers. Within the batey, Angelina lived with her mother and seven siblings in a tiny house. 
 

Former Orphan Who Tended Goats to Survive Now Attends College

 
An orphan in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Amidu was the last to eat in the various families that took him in. They saw him more as a worker than a family member. So until he was nine years old, he spent his days tending goats—and not in school.
 

The Girl Pulled from the Rubble: Bolivena's Story

 
Six-year-old Bolivena was trapped in her house during the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010. The cement blocks that used to be the walls of her home now lay on her little body, crushing her pelvis. 
 

International Science Camp Puts Tikambechi Face-to-Face with the First Lady

 
At first, Tikambechi was nervous about attending the Women in Science (WiSci) Camp hosted by the UN Foundation. 

From Poverty to Independence: Yohane's Story

Yohane makes benches out of . . . oil drums! And it’s thanks to you and COTN’s Business Connections program.

 

Now I Can See: Estrella's Story

 
Estrella’s name means “star” in Spanish, and her eyes reflect that as they sparkle with joy. But this wasn’t always the case for the young Dominican girl. 
 
“I would get teased a lot,” says Estrella of her life before COTN.
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