Shelda is a bright and energetic eleven year old who lives in the village of Galette Chambon with her mother, step father, two sisters, and three brothers. Her step-father sometimes finds work as a brick mason, but he doesn’t have a steady source of income. Shelda’s mother recently found a job at BGM Primary school as a custodian’s helper. She is very excited that her mother was able to get this job, but she still doesn’t make much money. She does make enough to help feed the family, but not enough to pay all of her siblings’ school tuition. Shelda loves to play with her friends and siblings and help her mother clean house. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.