Education is a path out of poverty. Teenagers from Denver are helping make that path a little smoother for some of their peers in the CFCA Scholarship Program
this week in Guatemala.
The teens from the United States worked alongside Milton, a CFCA scholar, to prepare soil for planting celery, lima beans and pumpkins during a unique CFCA awareness trip.
The teens ended the day with a feeling of satisfaction knowing they helped out a new friend, and they left with some cool souvenirs — gifts from Milton’s parents.
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Students and scholars at a CFCA youth forum in Delhi, India.
How many students does it take to create a youth forum in India designed to help young people continue their higher education?
Read more to find out!
Eat your veggies! CFCA scholars in Cali, Colombia, decided to grow a vegetable garden to make an impact in their community.
Read more about how they got started
From left: CFCA scholar, Yilber, helps sponsored children Daniela and Naye with their homework.
Yilber, a CFCA scholar in Colombia, helps tutor sponsored children as part of his service for the scholarship program. Harry Garcia, our communications liaison in Colombia, interviewed Yilber, who explained why education is so important to him and to others in his community.
Bernard, third from left, with his family in front of their home. Bernard is a first-generation college student among his family and those in his village.
Being a first-generation college student within your family is definitely worthy of applause. But being a first-generation college student in your family and your entire village deserves a standing ovation.
Read Bernard’s story of success
Jonathan, a CFCA sponsored youth and high school graduate in El Salvador.
Zulma, a CFCA sponsored child and primary school graduate in Guatemala.
Whether it’s summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or no cum laude at all, graduating from school at every level is quite an achievement. See graduation photos from sponsored youth in Central America and read their comments on reaching a milestone in their education.
Wendy, 16, dreams of becoming a nurse someday in Guatemala. CFCA sponsorship has played a key role in enabling Wendy to go to school.
Many families living in poverty must face the difficult choice between keeping their children in school or taking them out early to work and help provide income for the household. Luis Cocon, CFCA communications liaison for Guatemala, visits one family who has put education first in their efforts to build a sustainable path out of poverty.
Mayela, CFCA social worker in Nicaragua.
Mayela at a monthly meeting with parents of sponsored children.
Bismark reviews sponsored friends’ cards on their way to sponsors.
Bismark was promoted from a correspondence specialist to a CFCA accountant.
When CFCA scholars graduate from the program, what happens next? For many former scholarship students, their new career may be right where they started. Read the personal success stories of Bismark and Mayela in Nicaragua.
Grace’s hometown of Legazpi, Philippines.
Grace, a CFCA sponsored child and scholar in the Philippines, overcame extreme poverty and the loss of a parent at a young age. Read Grace’s story, in her own words, as she helps us remember that hard work and dedication will get you everywhere.