Each year, we look to sponsor students who are interested in secondary education but do not have the means to attend. Typically, these students are coming from an orphanage and have only ever dreamed of having a life outside of what they first experienced. Many times prostitution, theft, or drug dealing are the alternatives for these students who have the ability to dare to dream of being, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and more.
Daniela Torrico (3rd year, $1,760 tuition)
Daniela is studying medicine at UDABOL University.
Eliezer Josue Perez Martinez (4th year, $3,000 tuition)
I am 31 years old, I’m from Venezuela, I’m the last one of seven brothers, my father abandoned us when I was born, so my mother had to work really hard to raise us. We had a field in Guayana she used to harvest with my stepfather. Meanwhile I was going to the nearest school and it means more than 3 hours of walking and crossing a river every day. My mother had an accident in her leg, so we saw ourselves obliged to move to the city. There we had really difficult days, when we didn’t have anything to eat, so I was forced to leave the school at 12 years of age and I started to work, I learned to upholster and to sew, when I was 19 years old I could go back to school and finish it by my own means. I used to work to help my mother and to pay my studies.
Josue is in his 4th year of medicine at UDABOL University.
Karina Okita (1st year, $3,010 tuition)
Karina is studying physiotherapy at the Adventist University in Bolivia – UAB.
Noel Cussi (3rd year, $3,430 tuition)
Born in a humble family in Rurrenabaque, I am one of three children. When I was young my mother left us and my father who had to leave to go to work didn’t have anyone to care for the three of us and decided to enroll us in the orphanage, Familia Feliz.
Noel is currently studying to become a nurse at the Adventist University of Bolivia – UAB.
Sirley Cussi (1st year, $2,700 tuition)
Born in a humble family in Rurrenabaque, I am the last of three children. When I was still a very young girl my mother left us and my father who had to leave to go to work didn’t have anyone to care for the three of us and decided to enroll us in the orphanage, Familia Feliz. There I finished my elementary school and through the counsel of my teachers and caregivers, I decided to enroll at the high school, UETIRG, in Guayaramerin which is a board school where my older brother was studying.
Sirley wants to study medicine at the Universidad Nacional Ecologica – UNE de Bolivia.