Darling Karolina Novoa

Darling is in her fourth year at University of Central America in Managua, on a scholarship funded by DBP.

Darling’s story, translated from Spanish:

I lived right next to the huge dump in Chinandega, in a place called Limonal. I went to school at Aldo Dubon, a school for families too poor to pay school fees, founded by Padre Marco. A group of Rotarians from Texas, led by Frank Huezo, purchased land outside the city and built new houses for a group of us. This community is called Santa Matilde. We were able to live in our own homes for the first time; we had our own gardens. My father Felix is the mayor there.

I’m nineteen, and currently in my fourth year at UCA in Managua. I’m studying social communications. I’ve learned to write and edit for radio. Just this year I’ve learned to edit for television. With luck I hope to go to graduate school to study television production, and to work in that field.