Help Bolivian Youth Access Higher Education

by Fundacion Helping Hands-La Paz (Bolivia)
Help Bolivian Youth Access Higher Education
Help Bolivian Youth Access Higher Education
Help Bolivian Youth Access Higher Education
Help Bolivian Youth Access Higher Education
Help Bolivian Youth Access Higher Education
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We are all so happy and proud to see two of our students achieve their goals. Thanks to Helping Hands, Ruth graduated in Early Childhood Education at the Instituto Balaguer. She is very pleased to have been able to finish her career in spite of the pandemic. Ruth is now ready to start working with children which is her dream come true. 

Luz Maria has finished her coursework in Business Administration in Tourism, Hotel Management and Gastronomy at the UNICEN University. She would like to return to the Amazon area of Bolivia which is her home and work in the tourism industry there.  She is now well prepared to make her dream come true and provide a better future for her family. 

Congratulations on their well-deserved achievement! 

 

   

                                STUDENTS GIVE A HELPING HAND

September  is volunteer month at Helping Hands.  All of our students engage in a volunteer service of their choosing. The majority of our volunteers reported that even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference in the lives of people in need, in the community around us and to the lives of abandoned animals.  Giving food to the homeless, picking up garbage from the streets and feeding street dogs were some of the choices they made.

           

                                       GIVING FOOD TO PEOPLE IN NEED

 

“While helping the homeless, I could see the satisfaction in their eyes when they received the snack. It was a wonderful experience for me to know that with a small gesture of solidarity and love we can make some people happy. I hope I will have the means to do this more often.”

 

Luzmila

            

                                                                   PICKING UP TRASH

 

“My brothers and I decided to collect garbage and clean up a dirty square near where we live. We put the garbage in bags and waited for the garbage truck to take them away. I felt very happy to be able to do something for my neighborhood.”

 

Yhail

          

                                              FEEDING STREET DOGS

 

"Where I live, it is normal to see dogs in the streets, parks and squares. Although none of the dogs have owners, I think we as neighbors should take some responsibility for the dogs. Giving them some food is the least I could have done.”

 

Sergio

Thank you all so very much for the support for our Christmas Baskets.  We have now reached our goal to give each student Christmas bread, cocoa, powdered milk, cookies and a gift. 

Looking ahead to 2022, through GlobalGiving, Helping Hands will be joining the worldwide GivingTuesday Campaign,  November 30th and we will be sending out a reminder a couple of days before.   During this one day campaign all donations will receive an incentive, or matching, which in 2020 reached 33% of the donations that day.  This is a great day for sponsors to send funds for their students for 2022 as the amount donated will be increased considerably. 

Donations are always welcome at the following links: 

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At Helping Hands we consider workshops very important for our students. They are informative, improve communication skills, impart knowledge, keep us connected with others and renew our motivation. Due to COVID-19, these workshops are currently being held online. 

In July the workshop “Leaders and Pseudo-leaders” was led by Walter.  He told us about what skills leaders should develop and how anyone can develop these leadership skills.

    

                                  IS A LEADER BORN OR MADE?

Our August workshop, “And that’s how our scientific career starts,” was held by the Biologist Erika. This workshop was designed for our young high school students between the ages 12 and 18. Erika showed the students that science is advancing at a rapid pace, and the job market in this area is expected to grow fast.  Science is a diverse, far-reaching, challenging, and endlessly-fascinating  field. 

    

                                               SCIENCE IS FASCINATING

Our September workshop “Personal Development and Values Toward Permanent Success”. was held by Gerson Alvarez. We chose this important topic since we know that personal growth can help our young students in all areas of their life. It will help them grow emotionally and psychologically to become a more loving, compassionate, and positive person. Gerson did a good job of motivating us to bring out the best in ourselves. 

     

                                             PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

WE INVITE YOU TO WATCH OUR LATEST VIDEO ABOUT OUR TWINS DEIVID   AND DANIEL WHO LIVE IN THE ALTIPLANO.

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CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!! 
We are so very proud of Carina, Cesar and Junior. With the support of Helping Hands, Carina graduated in Biochemistry at the prestigious state university here in La Paz. She has now won a scholarship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to do her Doctoral studies. Cesar has now officially graduated as an Electromechanical Engineer at the same state university, the UMSA. And last Friday July 2, Yunior successfully defended his thesis with a grade of 95% in Petroleum Engineering, again at the UMSA. Well deserved!!

PAYING IT BACK
During the pandemic many of our elementary students have had difficulty keeping up with new material online and so several of our older students and a volunteer, Camila, have been supporting them with extra tutoring. Thank you LizethCesar and Camila for the extra support. Israel is completing his 3 months of internship in our office helping Fabiola and Janneth with their many duties. Thanks for the support, Israel.

So many new students this year!! We have accepted 35 new students. Maybe you would like to get onboard and take on a new student. Please visit the Sponsorship page of our website.
Sponsorships or one time donations to help provide for our supplementary food baskets and internet access for students are always so welcome on our GlobalGiving website. THANK YOU!!

 Visit the Altiplano!

Maria Salas, our Social Worker, and Fabiola, our Accountant, took a trip to the countryside to visit three of our younger students there, Daniel and Deivis, who are twins, and Lucy from the same village. Take a trip to the Bolivan countryside by watching this super video!!

 

GETTING BACK TO WORK:
The pandemic has made it so difficult for the students to find part time work to help with personal expenses. However, with a little determination Luzmila has found work taking care of elderly patients, Gilda has found a spot to perform her internship in the countryside, Sara is now working part time at a pastry shop and Oscar found agricultural work. Stay positive!

 LET’S ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER:

During the month of May our students all wrote notes for one another to lift our spirits during the third wave of the pandemic.
Maicol says, “Don’t forget to use your face mask because we are waiting for you at home.” 
Nataniela says, “Let’s maintain the hope that we will come out of this pandemic together.”

OUR WORKSHOPS:
In April we learned about “MANAGING OUR FINANCES” given by Vierca, our new Programme director.

In May we had two workshops “Prevention of Violence” given by Sra. Silvia and “How to be successful on entering the labour market,” presented by Lic. Walter. Both workshops held the attention of the students and they had many questions about finding a job.

 In June we continued the workshop on “The Prevention of Violence” which was well presented by the Sra. Silvia.

 

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NEWS

This year we welcomed 110 students, 30 of them are new. We wish them all a very successful upcoming year! Check out our 2021 students

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

Our Program Director Pamela left Helping Hands in mid-February for family reasons. We are very grateful to her for all the work she did which has contributed to our organization having legal and administrative requirements that will allow Helping Hands to expand.

THANK YOU PAMELA!

WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN YOUR NEW ADVENTURE

And now we welcome our new Program Director Vierca Mejía who is very enthusiastic to continue the work that Pamela started. We will strive to overcome the new challenges and achieve new goals for the benefit of all of our students.

OUR STUDENTS

There is no greater joy than seeing the positive results of our work, the sponsors’ commitments and our students’ efforts.

GILDA

Gilda is a student of Dentistry at the Public University UMSA.  She completed her rural internship in Dentistry in the town of Hilata from February until the end of March. Now she will begin her urban internship for 3 months to finish her studies and begin the process of graduation. Congratulations Gilda, you are just a step away from your degree and being able to contribute your skills to society.

REYNA VANESSA

Reyna Vanessa is studying Public Accounting at the UNICEN and will complete her coursework in June of this year. She will then begin the graduation process which will take another six months. Before joining Helping Hands, Vanessa enrolled in sewing classes hoping to be able to cover some of her living expenses and save money for her graduation by taking in sewing. She turned out to be quite the entrepreneur and now has a small business of her own.  

Go for it, Vanessa, we need enterprising people who can create jobs. We are sure you will do very well.

It is the beginning of the school year again and Helping Hands has many new students who need sponsors. If you would like to sponsors a student or just help out with a one-time donation, please visit OUR SPONSORSHIP PAGE or visit us at this link   https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/education-for-at-risk-bolivian-girls/   or    https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-bolivian-youth-access-higher-education/ 

This new year 2021, so many young people are hoping for the opportunity of an education which allows them to achieve their dreams. We wish we could help everyone, but because of our limited resources we must limit our acceptances. Helping Hands requires a lengthy application form to be filled out and a home visit (virtual this year) for all applicants. So far we have accepted 30 new students for 2021. We welcome this great group of dreamers, who put all their effort into achieving their goals.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTION

In March we distributed school supplies to all of our elementary and high school students. They were most grateful to have the materials required by their schools so they can keep up with their studies. Schools in Bolivia do not provide books and materials for the students making it difficult for poorer families to keep their children in school.

WORKSHOPS

In February, we held our first online workshop of the year with all of our students. This welcoming workshop was also informative. Given by our Helping Hands team, we talked about the monthly requirements, scholarship opportunities, dates for coming workshops and much more.

Considering the importance of our students’ health, in March our workshop was directed by a Dentist, Doctor Gisela, a former Helping Hands student. Dr. Gisela gave us a very informative workshop on Dental Care, and she also explained how to choose a suitable toothpaste and toothbrush and how to use them correctly. Thank you Dr. Gisela!!

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WARMEST GREETINGS FROM HELPING HANDS

We know this year has been hard on all of us and we want to reach out to you with a message of joy and best wishes for the New Year 2021. We appreciate your support throughout the year, and we want to send love to you and your families through these handmade Christmas cards from our students. 

WE WANT TO SHARE A MESSAGE WITH YOU

LOOKING BACK OVER OUR WORKSHOPS: OCTOBER TO DECEMBER

Considering the importance of the development of healthy sexuality, in October, Helping Hands students held a discussion about Sexual and Reproductive Health. The Centro de Educación Sexual y Reproductiva (CIES), an experienced institution on the subject, addressed the key elements of erotism, gender, effective relationships and reproduction within a social context.

A second online interactive workshop aimed to prevent child abuse by training the children about how to recognise abusive behaviour.

In November, Helping Hands raised awareness about gender equality as a means of well-being and peer acceptance. The students identified practical attitudes and practices of gender bias, and prejudices rooted in social structures. 

NOVEMBER, MONTH OF SOLIDARITY
Helping Hands students spread love and solidarity during whole month of November. They put together phrases that reflected their big hearts to encourage people to be resilient. This was their way to support others in this difficult year. 

                                                “Persist!

                                                If everything were easy, anyone could achieve it¡”

MEET SOME OF OUR GRADUATES

CHRISTMAS 2020
As we are still taking precautions against the COVID 19, this year Helping Hands couldn´t celebrate Christmas with a party, as is our custom.  We did prepare panettone, cocoa, powdered milk and gifts for the students which we hope they enjoyed at home.  Hopefully we can meet with all the students for our annual Christmas party next year.

HOW YOU CAN HELP IN 2021
We are getting ready to welcome new students for the upcoming year and once again we need your help. Donations at the beginning of the year are particularly helpful as our students start the new school year in February. Remember that you can donate online at     https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/education-for-at-risk-bolivian-girls/

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Building the resilience of Helping Hands students to help them face unforeseen times like this is of utmost importance for our organisation. In July, we held an online workshop with all of our students and a psychologist to address some key points: how to adapt to adversity and keep a positive attitude, how to handle anxiety, uncertainty and grief.

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This was our first online workshop and we were so excited to see them all after such a long time. 

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This has been an unusual year for those students in their last year of school. They have a key life decision to take and decide which path to follow in the coming years. Helping Hands wants to support them to make the best decisions. With this in mind, we held the workshop “Thinking about my future” with all of our older school students to reflect on their vocational aptitudes and how to decide from amongst various career options. 

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Jenny is an excellent student who is now finishing high school. She realises that choosing a career is an important decision in her life. As the pandemic has caused schools to close in Bolivia, and with few online lessons, she is studying and getting ready for admissions on her own. She has great expectations for her future. Jenny wants to be an accountant or a petroleum engineer. She pictures herself working in an office, talking and helping people and being able to have her own house where she can look after her siblings.

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Melanie feels sad about finishing high school without seeing her friends. However, this young determined girl has already decided to study psychology. In her own words: “I want to leave a mark on the world and in someone´s life”. She believes that becoming a psychologist will allow her to help others and understand them. She expects to be remembered by the way she treats others

 

TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE CHALLENGES OF ONLINE EDUCATION IN BOLIVIA

These are challenging times for education in Bolivia. Most families have not been able to afford internet connections despite their extraordinary efforts. Helping Hands has been supporting the students by covering internet costs; so far we have supported 67 students. We thank our partners and donors for helping our students to connect and be part of a virtual classroom again. 

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                                              SHINING STUDENTS

We are proud of our students who, despite the adversities, have managed to stay focused on their studies. Eighteen students this year have been awarded an increase in their scholarship due to their excellent academic performance. Congratulations! 

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