When Don Pablo lost his audition one saturday morning, he thought he wouldn't be able to continue working and having a normal and happy life.
Three years ago, he lost his job because of this condition and since then he started knocking on doors to get a job or some kind of support. In September 2014 he got a job in the warehouse, but, because he did couldn't hear, he was at risk to be injured by the material and the loading machines. He was very close to losing his job.
Trying to find alternatives, he visited different educational institutions to learn computing, however, none of them could or wanted to accept him because he can't hear well.
When he arrived to one of Fundación Proacceso's centers, he thought the teachers were very kind to him and the center was very comfortable and beautiful. He thought he wasn't going to be able to afford it. When he knew about the scholarships program, he inmediatly signed up for the computing course.
He finished is course in October 2014 and in December of that year, he had already been promoted to the managing area of the company he was working for. His excellent performance and computing knowledge allowed him to gain the trust and respect of his superiors and colleagues.
Don Pablo is now very happy and grateful to Fundación Proacceso and everyone who participated in his life changing educational experience.
We've missed you!! This past few months we've been working very hard to be able to offer more opportunities to young people in the low-income communities where our educational centers are located.
As we've shared with you, It's not enough young people can access technology: it's what they do with those tools that is important for us. Until now we have developed all kind of different courses depending on their needs. This is how in five years we've graduated more than 14,000 people from our computing, english and science courses. This educational experiencie has been very enriching for everyone!
But now, we know we have to take the next step. We asked ourselves: how can we help users, specially youth to have more opportunities in life? That's how we started developing a program in wich we want to attend 3 specific situations that young people have to face:
Luckly, institutions and people like you have trusted us. Thanks to Trust for the Americas and other donors, we are now offering 100% scholarships to young people in Toluca, Estado de México. We help them prepare a CV, an interview, and get in touch with local bussiness -employers, funds or universities.
We really want this program to be a success. Please help us spread the word and inspire youth to get away from organized crime and poverty, and believe in themselves and their dreams.
We are happy to inform that we've been very bussy working on expanding our impact to more communities and hopefully all around Mexico. By the end of this year we will be opening 25 more digital libraries in the poorest communities in the State of Mexico (all throughout the periphery of Mexico City).
Also, the model of we've created in the Learning and Innovation Network (or RIA), is now expanding to different parts of the country. This model, seeks to impact as many children, youth and adults as possible by offering educational resources they can use to solve their every day needs and problems.
This is a new opportunity for us to apply every lesson learned in the past and create new stratergies. We are working as a team and listening what eveyone wants to say in order to improve our work and help more people.
We also want to share with you that trought out this period we've reached the numer 500,000 user. We think that is such a big number! Behind this number, there are 500,000 stories, endless efforts and a shared hope to be a better person and help the people surround us to have a better quality of life.
Thanks to your donations to this project, we've given more than 15 100% scholarships to the people that need it more. With your help, 10 kids that couldn't pay for their course were able to finish at the same time than their friends and classemates.
While learning how to use a computer and how to create Word documents, children in the Learning and Innovation Network (RIA) explain how they arrived to the RIA and why they like it.
RIA’s learning experience from the voice of the children that you’ve helped.
My name is Ana Paola López González. I’m in 11 years old and study the 5th grade. I knew about the RIA because of my aunt Carmen studied here for two months. In the RIA you can learn a lot. My cousin Andrea and my aunty Carmen also come to classes. I like to come to my course Expedition because I get to learn what I did not know. I don’t have a computer at home and don’t have any connection to internet. I didn’t know how to use the computer before coming to RIA. I like it here and my facilitator is very active.
My name is Diego Estrada González and I study 5th grade at the Primary School. I’m 10 years old and RIA gave me a scholarship to take a course during Easter. My cousins invited me to the RIA courses because I didn’t understand Mathematics. Me and my cousin come to computing courses, we really like it and I will continue to come to do our homework and research for school.
MY NAME IS ROCIO HERNANDEZ ARIADNE OJEDA. I study at the school “Niños Héroes”. I’ve been coming to the RIA in Ixtlahuaca for 2 years. My mom brought me. I like the internet, the Expedition program and the Easter course. I like my courses a lot: I learn many new things like Science, Math and Art.
We are so happy to share with you the results of our new project, that involves the construction, equipment and operation of Digital Libraries in 25 municipalities in the State of México. Our Digital Libraries are built in rural, semi-rural and urban contexts and are open to everyone in the community.
So far, 37 820 people have benefited from this educational resources, 382 courses have been offered and 2,707 students have graduated in english and computing.
The community has also participated in reading clubs and other fun activities for children, teenagers, young people, adults.
We've been bussy! But we are happy with the results.
Than you for being part of this digital community!
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