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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Announcing the CEIBA and Anmutsipical Scholarship Program- support Salvadoran youth education today

It has been the dream of both CEIBA and our partner organization to begin a scholarship program for many years. We wanted to wait and be sure we had the experience and program structure to ensure that we could transform young lives in a big way. This is more than sending children to school; this is about giving young Salvadorans the support they need to ensure their health, education, and inclusion in youth groups enables them to define their own futures. We have carefully selected 4 recipients this year, and have already received 2 large donations. We need to raise a little over $3,585 to support two more students, Wilber and Arely. Please consider making a donation on our paypal account. Details below.


Ceiba Foundation and Amnutsipical Scholarship Program

Goal: Provide an integrated scholarship for children with the greatest merit and need in the communities of El Sauce, Santiago Texacuangos and San Jose, Santo Tomas, in El Salvador

Description:
This program will provide an integrated scholarship to support the education aspirations of youth. The scholarship includes a medical check-up with medicine, as well as a family food basket to the child’s family to support nutrition. We feel that good nutrition and good health are an essential basis for education, because nothing is learned on an empty stomach. Local partners Amnutspical will engage in monthly meetings with scholarship students and families, to assess the success and development of each child. Family support is also integral to the success of each scholarship student.  Finally, La Casa Verde “Planet One” library, located in the San Jose community in Santo Tomas will provide a space of tutoring and mentorship for students.

The selection process is competitive, and youth aspiring to a scholarship will fill out an application to be reviewed jointly by CEIBA and Anmutsipical.  Children will be chosen based on merit and need, and the number of children will be determined by available budget. For 2014-2015, we hope to support 4 youth. Recipients must participate in meetings, maintain at least a B+ average (7 of 10 in the Salvadoran schooling system). In addition, recipient are requires to do 40 hours of community service each month, and will write up their own service plan in conjunction with community leaders and Anmutsipical. Failure to complete service hours are grounds for scholarship removal.

Children will be placed in private, public, or partly private schools based on their aspirations.  Primary school children will be sent to a local catholic school, which provides the best elementary education in the area. Highschool students will choose a specialty highschool, which may be a local public school, or private school as far as San Salvador. The scholarship covers all school fees, transportation, and lunch. See requirements for students and details of the program written by Norma and Juancho, who are running the program in El Salvador, Here (in spanish).
We recognize the importance of education for youth to become changemakers in their community and country. Knowledge is power, and we want to support future leaders to bring themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries out of structural poverty and injustice.

Budget: $4440

For 2014-2015 school year, a full year scholarship for elementary and middle school cost $1345, and for highschool, $2200.

This year, we are starting our program with 4 scholarships, 2 primary school and 2 highschool, and need to raise a total of $3585 to compliment scholarship for 2 more students, since 2 have been already generously donated. Budget details below.



Scholarship Type
Annual Price
# of students
Total
Primary (semi-private)
1345
2
2690
Secondary (private)
2220
2
4440
TOTAL

4
7130
PAID FOR

2
3585
Needed

2
3585

Primary School Scholarship

Item
Annual Cost
School fees
120
School food fee
15
Shoes
40
Backpack and school supplies
50
Family Food Basket ($15/month)
180
Annual full medical checkup
100
Transportation
240

Coordination

600

TOTAL

$1345


Highschool Scholarship

Item
Annual Cost
School fees
360
School food fee
360
Shoes
40
Backpack and school supplies
100
Family Food Basket ($15/month)
180
Annual full medical checkup
100
Transportation
240
Bus fare
240

Coordination

600

TOTAL

$2220


Our recipients for the 2014-2015 year are Wilbur, Estefani, Arely, and Benjamin:

Arely:

Arely is 10 years old. She was one of the first girls to join the casa verde children’s group. 2 years ago, she began volunteering in the community and getting more involved in community projects. She lives with her mother and little brother. Her mother cleans for a business in San Salvador. Her first school years were difficult, because of the absence of her father, but she is now in 5th grade, and her notes are very good. She has improved from grades of 6 (on a 10 scale system) to grades of 8 (which are very good for Salvadoran school standards). She has incredible strength for her age.


For arely we need to raise $1345

Wilber:

Wilber is 16 years old. He is one of the most active members of the youth group in El Sauce since its inception, and has been elected the president. He has incredible leadership skills, and through his efforts, the youth group continues their struggle to open the youth computer center in El Sauce. Wilber is currently studying at a public highschool, but it is his dream to go to college. He wants to become a computer engineer, but this seems difficult for his family. His mother sells typical foods in the market, and it is not enough to support her son’s studies, as she earns only $10 per week. Wilbur wants to enroll in computer and english classes to supplement his studies, and to prepare him to apply to computer science programs for college in a few years. Wilbur has agreed to run the El Sauce computer center on a volunteer basis for the duration of his scholarship. Wilber says, “I want to study to overcome my situation and open doors to a good job to help my family. I want to really be someone in this life, more than who I am today. I want to create opportunities for other youth in my country to study as well.”

For Wilber we need to raise $2220

Benjamin :

Benjamin is part of a large family, but only him and his sister study. His father work in offices as a Handy man from time to time, and Benjamin lives with his grandparents and 11 other people. He is a Young man finishing his primary education and is ready to start highschool. He will begin highschool at the Catholic Center for Our Lady of the Rosary, and is focusing his classes on tourism and hotel management.  Benjamin likes to travel, and loves to show others that there are beautiful places in El Salvador, and show them the beautiful richness of his country. He says “I want people to see El Salvador not as a violent place, but as one full of marvelous places and hard working people.” Benjamin says this with the hope of attaining a scholarship to go to school, work, and later help his sister study, since they are the 2 members of their family with the highest levels of education.

Benjamin’s Scholarship has been generously supported by Gregory and Helen Normal, from Dallas Jesuit Highschool.


Estefani:


Estefani is 10 years old, and is currently in 5th grade. She is in a public School. She wants a scholarship to begin semi-private school that has more opportunities, such as English and computer classes. She has never had computer classes, and she knows in a better school she can have a different kind of education that will give her tools for the future. Her grades range from good to excellent, and she feels proud of her work. In the community she is a leader of the casa verde program, and is a great help with integrating the smallest children in the community.

Estefani’s Scholarship has been generously supported by Bill and Mary Sladek, from Dallas Jesuit Highschool.




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