Send Baru Students to Training School for a year

by Fundacion Hernan Echavarria Olozaga
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Karen on a rainy day in Baru
Karen on a rainy day in Baru

The first thing Karen has seen every morning for 24 years is the sea, as her house is on the shore.

"For me it has been something spectacular because not everyone has the fortune of living in front of the sea." When she was a child, the first thing she did when she got home from school was, in her words, “jump into the salt water”.

Her childhood and adolescence passed between friends and sea baths. When she was in the last grade of school, she got pregnant. When Karen graduated, her daughter was already borne and became her engine in life. “I realized that if you look for a job, the first thing they ask you for is your resume, and what would you write on it, if you had just graduated from high school? So, I decided to study and I enrolled in the SENA[1], were the education is free. I graduated from high school in December and in May I was already studying Accommodation Service. I learned a lot and I felt that the teachers knew how to teach me. On one occasion they exempted me from an exam for being a good student and for fixing the room really fast”.

When she finished her theory classes, Karen did an internship at a renowned hotel located in Santa Ana, and she spent her first salary on her daughter: "I bought diapers for a month", she said. At the end of her internship, she obtained her certification as an Accommodation Service Technician. “I sent my resume to a hotel in Baru and days after the interview, they called me to work as a maid. Thanks to this, I have bought a refrigerator, a washing machine and a stove for my house”. These investments show us how her quality of life has improved after studying and started to work.

Karen advises young people in Baru to take advantage of the opportunities life gives them by saying: ”Being young is not easy. I would tell all young people in the island to concentrate on studying and working hard, to achieve all their goals and to progress, which would be good for them and their families”.

 

[1] Training and Entrepreneurship School.

Karen with her Diploma
Karen with her Diploma
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Yudis' smile
Yudis' smile

Yudis has lived in Barú since she was born, 38 years ago. She was a mother at 17, currently has three children and lives with her husband.

Barú provides her sustenance. What she likes most about her territory is “the land and the sea, since they give us what we need; not only food but also work”.

Since she was 15, she started working in various services. Three years ago, she started working as a room keeper in a Hotel located in Barú and two years ago, she decided to study Accommodation Service Assistance to get a degree.

If she has learned something in life, it is to take the initiative. During the first week working as a room keeper, she implemented some changes in the organization of the rooms and although at the beginning she was afraid of her boss’s reaction, he was pleased with her ideas and since then, all the rooms have Yudis’ touch.

When she talks about her work, Yudis reflects enthusiasm in her eyes: “I like the work I do, I like the satisfaction of the clients when they enter the room and find it fixed. On one occasion I made an arrangement and they asked me where I had learned it, since it was similar to the arrangements of the 5-star hotels in the wall city of Cartagena; that day I was very proud of myself and of my education”.

"If one word describes me, it is efficiency, because I am very committed to my work", Yudis expresses with confidence. “My contract is now suspended because of the Covid – 19 pandemics. But despite the suspension, my employer periodically sends us bonuses and food packages, accompanied by words of encouragement, to keep us positive that soon we will all be able to go back to work”.

“Going back to work will be like having a second chance, valuing more and more my job and the Hotel that feels like home to me."

Yudis
Yudis
Yudis in her home town Baru
Yudis in her home town Baru

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Deimer
Deimer

Deimer grew up seeing how more and more people from all corners of the country and the world were interested in getting to know the richness of his territory. "It is normal to see tourists walking in the streets, enjoying the beaches and the typical food served in the restaurants owned by our families".

"I am a charismatic person, who likes to help others. Sometimes tourists ask me to help them with guidance and I do it in a very respectful way, because I want them to continue visiting us so that we always have work". 

As soon as Deimer graduated from high school, he enrolled in the Technical Accommodation Program and for 6 months went every day from his town (Baru) to Santa, successfully completing the first part of his studies. 

However, due to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the absence of tourists and the temporary closure of hotels, Deimer has not been able to start the practical phase of his career. 

In the meanwhile, Deimer takes advantage of his free time, watching television programs with his mother and siblings, about room service to "keep the knowledge fresh for when it is my turn to take action" he says with enthusiasm.

Deimer in his home town Baru
Deimer in his home town Baru

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Johany
Johany

Johany is 18 years old. She was borned in Baru, where she lives with her mother and her little brother who is 8.

Her mother has always been her inspiration. She says she remembers that when she was a child, she imitated her in everything she did: her way of speaking, sitting and even dressing.

“She is my heroine, my role model”, Johany says, “as we have always been the three of us against the world and nothing has stopped us. The most difficult thing for me, was when she accepted a job as a housekeeper in a hotel in the Rosario Islands, where she has to sleep and can only come home for 1 or 2 days a week, when she is resting".

Because of that, Johany is now in charge of her brother. Every day is a challenge for her: she weaks up at 5:00 am to prepare her brother for school, makes breakfast and takes him to class. Then, she gets ready and go to classes in the community of Santa Ana, where she studies Accommodation Service.

After classes, Johany returns to Baru, picks up her brother at school, prepares lunch and help him with his homework, which sometimes is difficult, she says, as “he doesn`t want to work”.

Johany feels that she can contribute much more to her family and that is why she works hard. "I can`t stay still, so I applied for a project in my community and I won a scholarship to study English for three years. I'm sure that everything I'm doing, will help me find a good job, not only as a housekeeper, but as a supervisor or even the head of rooms" Johany points out enthusiastically.

A brave young girl
A brave young girl

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Mery Laura
Mery Laura

Mary Laura is the oldest sister. She describes herself as a happy, responsible, charismatic, fun and strong woman.

Mery had a quiet childhood. She loved to go to the sea aquarium every weekend with her brother, to listen to the tourists speak in different languages, watch the fishes and the sunset. She enjoyed a lot playing football and kickball with her friends.

In high school she always scolded and gave advises to her classmates. She says it was really difficult to make them agree on things.

Two years ago, Mery Laura graduated from school and she wanted to study what she is passionate of: Foreign languages. Unfortunately, her father did not have enough resources to help her achieve this goal.

This is why she decided to study Table & Bar, one of the most demanded careers by the hotels in the island. This way, she could find a job to save some money in order to study what she really wants.

Mery never gives up and always tells her friends that they can’t stop dreaming despite the problems they find. That they have to keep positive in order to achieve their goals and this exactly what she is doing.

Mery at the Technical and Entrepreneurship School
Mery at the Technical and Entrepreneurship School

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Fundacion Hernan Echavarria Olozaga

Location: Bogota / Cartagena, Cundinamarca/Bolívar - Colombia
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