Meet Alexander - a first-year Starfish Scholar, also entering his first year of high school at the age of 16. Alexander is not your typical student, and because of his age, he will have to study on the weekend "A Distancia," something like getting your GED as an adult in the U.S. He will probably be the youngest in his class, but he is excited to have the opportunity to continue studying.
Alexander previously studied at another foundation here in Guayaquil that offers a formal education, as well as a soccer team, catechism - and a place to live for many of its students. Alexander doesn't remember how he ended up alone, because he was very little, but he does not know his biological family. His first memories are being passed from foundation to foundation as they found the right fit for him. His passion is soccer. At the last foundation where he was he was able to join the team, and will continue to play with them during the week while he studies on the weekends.
|Alexander (center) with his First Communion Sponsors. (Starfish Scholar Lili on the right).|
|Alexander at his surprise birthday party this past January!|
|Alexander with his adoptive mom, Elena, after participating in the Ecuadorian tradition of|
having your face smashed in your birthday cake!