Froilan and Milta were Helping Hands students who graduated in Agronomy in 2018 at the Catholic University. They began working together giving technical assistance in apiculture in the sub-tropical village of Coroico. They now have their own enterprise VIDA BEES "Agro Apícola" in Coroico where they sell beekeeping supplies, live honey bees, hive kits, beekeeping suits, beekeeping tools and more.
We invite you to visit their
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VidaBees
OR BUY THEIR PRODUCTS WHEN YOU ARE IN COROICO!
Now that the pandemic is about over, last year is history and today begins a new chapter for changing lives. We can do it with your support!
This month there is a great chance to partner with Helping Hands to bring education to more Bolivian youth like Froilan and Milta. GlobalGiving is beginning the year with a special matching campaign called “Little by Little” whereby GlobalGiving will match by 50% all donations up to $50 from April 4 to April 8. This is a great chance to make your donation grow. To donate, please click on the button below.
Our special thanks to the Fundacion San Luis for their support for school materials for our 120 students. With their help, our students have supplies, school uniforms, sports outfits, shoes and much more.
And many thanks to Vania and Eduardo for the wonderful donation of books.We are making sure these books go out to all of our students who are at the elementary, middle and high school levels. We know it’s very important that our students have access to reading materials so they can strengthen their reading skills.
And a special thanks to Andrea and the American Cooperative School for donating backpacks, folders, colored pencils and other school materials. In Bolivia, students must buy their own classroom materials and books throughout the year. Our students’ families cannot afford this expense, so Helping Hands provides our students with their basic educational needs. Our students have just begun the school year, so these donations came at the right time. We proceeded to distribute the materials to our girls and boys, and they are so very grateful and happy to have them for their studies as you can see by their smiles!!
Finally we have finished the lengthy process of interviewing new students for their acceptance into Helping Hands, and of readmitting last year’s students. This year we will be working with 120 students of which 26 are new. Our volunteer counselors and our team welcome the new students with affection and enthusiasm, this time with in-person interviews to be in touch with each student’s academic and personal progress. We are moved by the strong desire of our students to earn a good education and break the cycle of poverty in which they have lived most of their lives.
In March, we held our first workshop, an informative one, for our high school and post-secondary students. Our staff explained to the students how everything works in the project. They learned about the monthly requirements, the dates for our monthly workshops and learned about the bonuses that Helping Hands gives for good grades.
We are all set to GOOOOO!
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Reyna Vanessa is one of five Helping Hands students sponsored by the organization PANTHERA EDGE. Reyna has had to work from age 10 to keep herself in school. She has received support from Helping Hands and Panthera Edge for her post-secondary studies and graduates in May as a Public Accountant. Here in the photograph she is receiving a certificate and special letter from Panthera Edge for the conclusion of her studies. CongratulationsReyna Vanessa on making your dreams come true!!!!!