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Meet our talent - Clarissa

In the Cantagallo slum between a highway and a river, Clarissa Franco Garcia lives with her family in a 195 square foot plank home built upon land that used to be a landfill for the city of Lima. 16 year old Clarissa joined the RCF program last March and quickly became one of our most brilliant students. Clarissa’s willingness to learn and acute problem solving skills supported her keen inclination towards technology. Her rapid understanding of the fundamentals of computer science amazed our staff members. “This course was an eye opener for me” Clarissa told her teachers. “Now I realize I can actually design and create websites.” Clarissa noted how her new knowledge of the foundations of computer science has given her a good understanding of how technology operates. When asked how she thinks technology could help her in life, Clarissa’s response was both visionary and heart touching, “I want to create a blog or website where I can share with the world the stories my grandmother told me about our roots in the Jungle. I want people to know about us and use this technology to create awareness about the Cantagallo community. I want to help my family by promoting our small business of selling textiles and pottery.” Clarissa’s journey has not be without challenge. A few weeks before the start of RCF’s Developer Days Camp, Clarissa was diagnosed with tuberculosis and severe anemia due lack of nutrients. She found herself being admitted into a hospital where she was placed on bed rest. Due to amazing support from the RCF staff, Clarissa was able to attend camp via Skype from her bed. Today Clarissa’s health is improving and she continues enhancing her education through the RCF programs.


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