Yesterday, we drove the long, dusty road to the home of Neris Avila, an OYE scholar who studies commerce in el Perla High School. She lives about an hour and a half outside of El Progreso in Campos Bananeros, the heart of the banana plantations. She is one of the few OYE scholars who lives with an unbroken nuclear family. She prefers rural life to city life, since she gets to spend a good amount of time with her parents and four siblings.
At OYE she takes part in the radio program, where she broadcasts her thoughts on issues like health, entertainment, and the country’s reality. She also organizes community outreach initiatives on special holidays to reach out to youth in the hard to reach communities of the banana plantations.