Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty

by The Community Action Alliance
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Give the Gift of Education to Children in Poverty
Greeting the Successful 2015 Second Term Students
Greeting the Successful 2015 Second Term Students

 

Twenty Five CAA Scholarship Students Head Back to School Second Term

In July 2015, CAA Members greeted and congratulated 25 CAA scholarship students on making good grades in the first term, thereby re-establishing eligibility for scholarships for the second 2015 term. Many of these students are in their third year of the CAA Scholarship Program, and the commitment to education is obvious judging from their grades and these smiles!

And one new high school student joined the 24 existing scholarship students in a late first-term addition. Due to illness, the family needed help, and the Committee intervened to provide clothing, shoes, and school supplies for this third-year high school student, who is making good to excellent grades in most courses.  At the awards event, his mother offered a prayer of thanks for the wonderful people that made this help possible – her prayer goes out to all of our supporters!

This July 2015 award presentation event was a milestone in three other significant ways: First, this event was organized and directed by our 2015 University of Costa Rica Student Intern, Maria Fernanda Rojas, a student in the Programa de Trabajadores de Social, at UCR. Ms. Rojas is also a CAA Scholarship Student, our first university-level student.  Second, she and her supervisory social worker, Johanna Fernandez, conducted interviews with 4 students and parents who were experiencing difficulties with grades or at home. Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Rojas identified the barriers impacting the students’ scholastic performance and helped identify solutions. These personalized interviews and interventions represent a step forward in our Scholarship Program, moving beyond providing financial help to furnishing student/family specific guidance. Third, Ms. Rojas is gaining practical experience to prepare her for her future career as a licensed social-worker.

And most importantly, most of these students would not be in school today without your support! Almost $6500 in scholarships will be awarded in 2015, as we make steady improvements in our participation. Through your generosity and continued support, these children and others can count on educational assistance into 2016 and beyond, setting a solid foundation for economic security for their families in the years to come.

Andrea Welcomes a New High School Student
Andrea Welcomes a New High School Student
Johanna Fernandez (l), and Fernanda Rojas (r)
Johanna Fernandez (l), and Fernanda Rojas (r)
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Young Scholarship Student in English Class
Young Scholarship Student in English Class

Congratulations to CAA’s scholarship students of 2015, shown above at the February, 2015 presentation event at San Ramon’s Museo Regional.  Nineteen elementary and four high school students received their scholarship folders and, along with their parents, committed to focus on education during the coming year. 

Thanks to the support of a wide variety of donors, including several very helpful recurring donations, our 23 scholarship students are busy in their first semester of the 2015 school year, getting smarter by the day!  Most of these students would not be in school this semester without your generosity. We hope to help these students be even more successful this year by initiating mid-semester visits with the scholarship students and their families to help students stay on track, and to identify any special required to help ensure their academic success.

We paid $2,277.00 to three participating retail merchants for school essentials (shoes, uniforms, and school supplies) for our scholarship students to start the first semester, and expect to provide approximately $2,000.00 in June, prior to the start of the second semester in July. These merchants are partnering with CAA by offering significant discounts on school items based on CAA’s volume purchases.

Global Giving disbursements to date to this project have totaled $3,971.00; whichprovides a major portion of the scholarships granted to the 23 eligible students for the academic year. The CAA Education Committee is also busy with other fund-raising efforts, including a very successful Spanish-language book sale on the San Ramon campus of the University of Costa Rica Campus, as well as an English-language book sale held in San Ramon. Both book sales raised nearly $2,000. With the current and ongoing donations from Global Giving, we look forward to continuing to serve (X number) of students. Without the generosity of Global Giving donors from the US, Canada, Costa Rica, most of these students would not be in school today. Your donations make a real difference in these students' lives and in the greater community of San Ramon and in Costa Rica. Their future is brighter thanks to your support.

It would be fair to say that almost all of our scholarship children would not be in school today if it were not for the generosity of supporters from Costa Rica, Canada, and the USA.  Please consider supporting this worthy cause with a recurring gift - education may be the biggest game changer in these young lives, and with your help, we can make a difference.

One of Our Students Students Giving Her Report
One of Our Students Students Giving Her Report
CAA's 2015 Scholarship Recipients
CAA's 2015 Scholarship Recipients
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Scholarship Award Recipients Awaiting Certificates
Scholarship Award Recipients Awaiting Certificates

On Friday, January 23, 2015, at the San Ramón Regional Museum, the Community Action Alliance (CAA) distributed scholarship certificates (redeemable only for school supplies, shoes and uniforms) to 23 young students in the greater San Ramon area; and of whom 19 were elementary students and 4 were high school students.  Each of those selected was nominated by a teacher or school administrator as performing at or above grade level and in need of financial assistance in order to remain in school.

The sonrisas y abrazos (smiles & hugs) of these happy students and parents at Friday’s presentation tell the real story—one of encouragement, opportunity, and gratitude.  CAA volunteers and globalgiving.org donors can all take pride in the success of these students, and continue to support them as they work toward high school graduation, and possibly a university degree.

CAA had originally planned to fund 20 scholarships for the first academic period of 2015, but because of the generosity of donors in the US and Costa Rica through Globalgiving.org, an additional $623 was raised in November, enabling CAA to provide scholarships for an additional 2 elementary students and 1 high school student, bringing the total number of scholarships to 23 awarded in this first period of 2015. This represents a financial commitment of 2,500,000 colones or the approximate equivalent of $4,720. Other CAA Education Committee fund-raising activities last year provided funding for the initial 20 students.

We will be able to increase the number of scholarships awarded in June, 2015 in the middle of the school year.  Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, CAA has already received $4,455 in donations, nearly 30% of our goal of $15,000, insuring an additional 20+ students will be able to continue their education who would not otherwise have been able to do so.

Our goal of assisting 60 students is within reach with your support and with that of your friends and family members. The need in the San Ramon area is great and we hope you will consider making an annual donation to help further the dreams and aspirations of these hard-working students. A little bit of money goes a long way.

CAA Student Scholarship Award Recipients 1/23/2015
CAA Student Scholarship Award Recipients 1/23/2015
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Location: San Ramon, Alajuela - Costa Rica
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Scott and Linda McAnally
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