An OYE profile: Jarly Yanes

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Jarly is the oldest daughter of three children who have been raised for the past six years by their mother while their father has gone to the United States to find work. He sends money back to the family, but it’s been a long six years without him, and quite a hardship on Jarly’s younger siblings.

Through OYE, Jarly is able to learn the importance of leadership skills, and continue her university education in San Pedro Sula. She also serves as the coordinator of OYE’s radio program OYE EL RITMO, and has become a mother figure for many of the becados, or OYE scholars.

Jarly has come a long way from the girl who worked on a banana plantation years ago.  Her dreams lie in technology and computers, and she is on her way to success thanks to the values and opportunities she has acquired at OYE, which she calls her second home. She has friends and she has a purpose. Her thesis on the political affairs of Honduras was chosen to become a capacity building class for other becados. While her situation is difficult and money is tight, Jarly has learned to make the best of what she has, not only for herself, but for others who depend on her as well. It is easy to see that she is strong-willed, reliable, and part of the glue that holds her family together, both at home and at OYE.

About Richard Lakin

Richard Lakin is the co-founder of 18 rabbits digital media. Named after the Mayan king (695-738 AD) who supported the arts during his reign in Central America, 18 rabbits digital media promotes social entrepreneurs, international development, educational institutions, NGOs, corporate social responsibility, non-profits, and community outreach projects through a strategic program of multimedia and internet distribution.
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