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
Selenis
Selenis

Selenis is 23 years old, she has a 4-year-old son, graduated from school and she is currently studying to be a Cook in the Technical and Entrepreneurship School of Baru.

She defines herself as a happy person. Despite the problems she always has a smile in her face as she considers that with anger or sadness she wont solve anything.

Selenis has always lived in Barú, which she thinks is so special, because of its humble and united people: “Whenever you need something, they would help you, not like in the city, where you don`t know anybody and if you don’t have money, no one gives you a hand”.

She is the eldest of 14 siblings. This condition made her act as an adult when she still was a little girl. She still feels she needs to behave well because she is her siblings’ role model.

Since she was a little girl, she was interested in cooking. She used to get together with her friends after school to cook for them, with whatever ingredients she found in her house.

Years later, when Selenis finished school she worked at Cholon beach cooking tipical food for the tourist.

Year by year she became more passionate about cooking so she decided to study at the Technical School of Barú. She sees herself as the Head Chef of one of the Hotels located in the island.

She wants to work hard to earn enough money to accomplish her greatest goal, which is that, her son Luis goes to University as he says he wants to be a Doctor. 

Selenis in Santa Ana
Selenis in Santa Ana

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Leonard
Leonard

Leonard was borne in Baru town. He describes himself as a humble person, who wants to succeed in life.

His grandmother, who he deeply loves, because as he says, he became the man he is thanks to her dedication and effort, raised him.

He remembers his days at school as happy days. Back then, he used to get together with his friends to play and study.

When he still was a little boy, he used to watch how the ocean and the sky became one and that is when his dream of becoming a pilot started. He tried hard but then realized it was not the time for him, because it was to expensive.

Despite that, as his passion is to study, he decided to go back to school.

He signed on the program to be an Assistant in room service and he is currently working in a Hotel located in his community.

In his new work he had learned the importance of solidarity and teamwork as well as the importance of education, because as he says “Education open doors”. He dreams of all his community members going to school so that they can get a job that makes them happy (as he is) and that help them to have a better quality of life.

Leonard also thinks about the possibility of owning a business, a grocery store, he says. He thinks of being his own boss. 

Visionary
Visionary

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Jose Raul
Jose Raul

José Raul was born in Baru, a territory he considers paradise.

As he says, his family is not only large in number but also full of love and solidarity. His mother cooks. She makes what José Raul considers the best seafood “arepas” of the hole island, which she sells at the town’s entrance. This has given his family the income needed to have the necessary.

Living in paradise has made him a happy person. He remembers when he was 3 and lived in front of the port. He felt the freedom of being able to fish and play at the same time in Baru’s crystalline waters. Also the mangroves, his friends, vital part of the ecosystem and that not only protected his town from erosion but also him from the imaginary monsters he fought against with his childhood friends.

Through his life, José Raul has collected various happy moments, as the day of his graduation from school. That day, he decided he wanted to study a career related to tourism because of all the hotels located near his hometown.

He told his family about his decision and his cousin Juan Daniel who had studied to be a Barman in the Technical and Entrepreneurship School of Baru, suggested him to do so. That is how he started studying Table & Bar.

As he is asked of his future plans, José Raul says he sees himself working in one of the hotels in Baru, he passes through every day in his way to school. He is even thinking of keep studying after he finishes his technical career.

José Raul dreams of people in his town having more access to education and health, once the road that connects Baru to the rest of the island and to the city is finished. 

Jose Raul in his school uniform
Jose Raul in his school uniform

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Andy
Andy

Art runs through his veins, as well as his desire to be an entrepreneur. He sings, compose and design beautiful bracelets and necklaces made with Czech stones. You can feel his joy while you listen to the way he speaks so spontaneously. His name is Andy, a young man convinced that "dreams are forged with art", he loves his land as much as what he does.

Through his Fanpage, @Barucrea and in his house he sells bracelets and even his own music, being able to merge the romantic ballad with the cumbia, using typical instruments from his land.

This young talent of Baru at the age of 24, dreams of being an entrepreneur and manage his own business with his family, to give his mother a house. Because of his desire to continue learning, he started studying at the Technical and Entrepreneurship School located in the village of Santa Ana.

Your contributions through GlobalGiving have helped him to transport from Baru town to San Ana, from Monday to Friday to attend his classes. He is currently studying Accommodation.

Andy is really satisfied because in addition to the themes of the course he is attending, he has received complementary classes related to business.

Andy's bracelets
Andy's bracelets

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Yudis
Yudis

Student after student, the classroom begins to fill up. Most of them concentrated in a list of words they wrote down in their notebooks, sited in a small circle trying to finish up yesterday’s homework.

Finally, the Instructor enters the room and looks at all of them with flashing eyes. Between greetings and smiles she shows them pictures of what her other Accommodation students have done with great creativity.

She seems to enjoy sharing with her Baru students the accomplishments, Yudis, is one of them, who is usually the first one to arrive.

For Yudis, having to pass through wet sand, all the way from Baru town in order to get to school in Santa Ana, hasn’t stopped her.

Each and every day, she gets to school even though in the way, she has to avoid the risk of falling from the motorcycle and sometimes she has to get down and walk on the water that covers the road.

I am becoming a better person here, because I am learning more than I know and I can guide my children, classmates and other family members," she says encouragingly.

Yudis is 36 years old and she affirms she had taught her children and grandchildren to be respectful, to love their selves and theirs lives and to study hard. This is what keeps her moving forward, despite the hard times she has passed through, like when her oldest son had a very bad motorcycle accident and he was seriously injured.

She currently works at a summerhouse in Baru that will probably become a hotel, in which she can practice what she is learning and also teach her co-workers.

Yudis with her classmates
Yudis with her classmates

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Fundacion Hernan Echavarria Olozaga

Location: Bogota / Cartagena, Cundinamarca/Bolívar - Colombia
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Ana Milena Ordosgoitia
Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia
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