How has YOUR gift help continue to bring the brightest young global leaders to study at EARTH?
Two months ago, 111 young men and women from 28 countries arrived in Costa Rica to start their new lives as EARTH University students and leaders of change. Over 60% of them are on full scholarships made possible because of donors like YOU!
Without your support, students like Jean Kerby (’17, Haiti), who is an exceptional example of a young leader in Haiti, wouldn’t have been given the opportunity to receive an EARTH education. Kerby is from the urban capital of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was raised by two aunts, who work as seamstresses, and grew up with his cousins, who treated him like a brother. In his free time, Kerby likes meeting new friends and listening to music. His outgoing personality shines even while speaking in Spanish, which he has been studying for less than two.
He learned about EARTH through Haitian graduate Reginald Cean (Class of 2011) who came to his school and encouraged students interested in sciences and agriculture to apply. He relates that, “In my country, EARTH has a great reputation and I know that I can meet people here who will help me make my dreams come true.”
After graduating high school in 2011 Kerby taught computer classes to young children to earn money while he went through the admissions process for EARTH. He and two friends also started their own radio program called Motive Action, with the goal of encouraging kids to stay in school and value their education. When he found out that he had been accepted to EARTH and received a full scholarship, he remembers feeling “So grateful for this opportunity to develop as a professional and one day help my family and my country.”
When Kerby graduates from EARTH, he hopes to be able to improve access to portable water and help create a resource management system for the entire country. “My family lives in the mountains and they have problems getting enough water for the crops and just for drinking. In Haiti we also need a recycling system because people throw away an enormous amount of garbage that all ends up going into the ocean.”
Kerby is just one example of the hundreds of students studying at EARTH to take what they learn and make a difference to real life problems in their own countries. Imagine the possibilities for our world with over 100 students graduating from EARTH each year!
We value the trust you have placed in us with your gift. Thank you for supporting EARTH and helping to ensure it and our planet a promising future.
P.S. Kerby’s response to my request to share his story on GlobalGiving.com:
“EARTH opened the door for me to achieve success, and if I can help other young people to find the opportunity that I have today, I am 1000 times happy that my story can contribute. Thanks very much. ”
Your generous support through Global Giving has helped illuminate the dreams of students at EARTH University.
Illuminating these and many more dreams of our students and of disadvantaged communities around the globe is EARTH’s mission. In celebration of the holidays and in symbolic representation of this commitment, from November 21-22 we illuminated the iconic Jacaranda tree on our campus with our own energy. For 24 hours, some 600 students, professors, staff and friends of EARTH rode 10 bicycles connected to a generator to continually power 1,600 holiday lights, which symbolize the dreams of our students for 2014... which are made possible by supporters like YOU!
Join in and watch the celebration here! From Costa Rica and with much gratitude, we extend season’s greetings and our brightest wishes for a wonderful new year!
From our last update report, you got to know about the dreams of first-year EARTH students, Leonor (’16, Senegal) and Misael (’16, Belize). Now they want to personally thank you through a video message all the way from EARTH’s campus!
We hope you enjoy the attached video from Leonor and Misael, who send many thanks for your support in helping them study at EARTH.
We also invite you to view a live streaming of our upcoming Commencement activities on December 13 at 10 am Central Time through our website at http://www.earth.ac.cr/?lang=en.
In the spirit of thankfulness this November, I wanted to share with you stories of gratitude from two EARTH students. With your support towards their education, they are able to take back knowledge gained at EARTH to help their own communities.
First-year EARTH students, Leonor Fall (’16, Senegal) and Misael Perez (’16, Belize) come from different continents and cultures, but at EARTH they share a common goal: to obtain the skills necessary to change their communities and the world. Both students attend EARTH on a full scholarship, made possible by supporters like you.
Leonor hopes to return one day to teach sustainable farming techniques to producers in rural Senegal, and run her own farm to help reduce unemployment in the region.
Misael is interested in bringing back the knowledge he has gained at EARTH and help his family and community increase their crop production to earn more money for educating their children.
They are just two examples of EARTH students who received the opportunity of a lifetime, but would never have been able to attend a university without the help of our scholarship program.
Thank YOU again for your continued support of our students as they follow their dreams in becoming leaders of change!
On June 1-2, EARTH University opened its doors to more than 10,000 visitors for the EARTH Multicultural Fair. Organized and led by EARTH students, professors and staff, visitors came to eat traditional food from around the world, enjoy cultural presentations and dances and purchase goods from student artisans and vendors. As an act of solidarity, every year the entire student body organizes and participates in this incredible cultural experience in order to raise funds so that every fourth-year student can bring at least one family member to their graduation in December.
This annual event celebrates our spirit of global citizenry and our commitment to providing a unique environment for students to learn from each other and grow into world leaders. With students from 29 countries, it is no wonder that Spanish is a non-native language for approximately 15 percent of our student body.
Gifts like yours have helped to invest in intercultural and language programs at EARTH University that build the global network of young adults committed to fostering peace and prosperity.
Issa Daniela Secaira Mancia, a third year student from Guatemala, frames the importance of this unique aspect of EARTH, “Having classmates and professors from more than 25 countries has been the most enriching experience so far, as it has made me grow a lot as a person. Being part of a multicultural community like EARTH allows you to exchange cultures, ideas, points of view and knowledge, which is mutually beneficial. It also gives you the opportunity to expand your vision and learn more about the reality of many countries. In addition, you form such strong bonds that you end up with an extended global family.”
Students are enriched at EARTH, not only from our innovative educational model but also by an environment that celebrates each other’s cultures! We invite you to learn more about Global Citizenry by following the link below. Thank you for your support!
Muchas Gracias! Mesi ampil! Aguyje!
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