I firmly believe that education is the key to changing lives. Starfish offers that possibility for Mayan girls and boys who would otherwise not have an opportunity to continue past grade school. I personally support 4 children and receive letters from them with explanations of their family and school lives that also include charming drawings. My most recent letters speak of job goals( for example, Victor wants to be a skilled accountant) and I hear increasing levels of confidence in their voices. I am so uplifted by what the mentors and students do together. One example is a field trip students took to a museum in Guatemala City. This is a common occurrence for students in our country but not so in rural Guatemala. Just the experience of being on a bus riding to the city was educational. Imagine what they saw and learned at the national museum! In my opinion the linch pin in this organization is the indigenous mentors and the help, love and guidance they give to their small groups of students weekly. They give that helping hand of friendship and hope to these wonderful children and enable these kids to believe in themselves. I think so highly of Starfish One by One that I am now on the advisory board. I encourage others to support this wonderful organization that offers a hand up and not hand out. One of my favorite expressions comes from Thornton Wilder who said " Money is like manure. It doesn't do much good unless it is spread around for young things to grow."