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victor Victor Choy

Victor comes from Patzicía in the department of Chimaltenango. We helped him to study Civil engineering from 2009 to 2011. Victor had already spent several years studying before he received our help but because of his financial problems he kept failing courses. When we analyzed his situation we realized that indeed his failures were not due to a lack of capacity but instead to a lack of financial resources. READ MORE



Oscar Oscar Caal

Oscar Caal was born in a community of Playa Grande Ixcán in the department of El Quiche. With our help, he studied to become a practical nurse in 2012. At the beginning of this year we were pleased to receive a letter from him letting us know that he had found work at the New Life Mid-wife Association in the area north of Coban. We were really happy to learn that he is now able to offer his services as a professional and we wish him continued success.



Jose José Hernández

José Hernández was born in Cuarto Pueblo, an aldea of Playa Grande, Ixcán and his first language is Mam. In 2009 José contacted Progresa to ask for financial help in studying to be a specialist in the administration of Water Based Farming businesses (a high school degree). After hearing his story and learning of his strong desire to study and better his situation, we were pleased to accept him into the program. READ MORE



eduardo Eduardo Castro

Eduardo is from Tejutla, San Marcos was helped by our program to finish his medical degree from 1999 to 2001. His family had worked hard to help him begin his medical classes but at the end of his third year it became impossible for them to continue helping him. According to Eduardo he had decided to abandon his studies and illegally immigrate to the US in order to earn some money when a friend told him about Progresa and he decided to ask for our help. We accepted him because of his good grades and he was able to graduate as a general practitioner. READ MORE



   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Some of Our Graduates


 

VictorVictor Choy

Victor comes from Patzicía in the department of Chimaltenango. We helped him to study civil engineering from 2009 to 2011. Victor had already spent several years studying before he received our help but because of his financial problems he kept failing courses. When we analyzed his situation we realized that indeed his failures were not due to a lack of capacity but instead to a lack of financial resources. Since entering the program, his grades have been very good and in June of this year, after finishing his thesis and his practicum, he graduated as a civil engineer. Miguel and Jaime attended his graduation and noted that as he accepted his diploma he publically thanked Progresa for the help he had received. As a part of his thanks Victor has begun to repay his student loan. The following is an extract from a letter we received from him.

“I am a civil engineer who graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. I received this degree thanks to the financial and moral support offered me by the Asociación de los Amigos Cuáqueros (PROGRESA). After finishing my internship in the municipality of Patzicía they hired me under contract to work in the department of municipal planning. In this department, I will have the responsibility to develop designs for sewer drains, potable water, bridges for cars and foot traffic, graveyards and other projects. Besides this in August of 2013 I opened my own consulting office in civil engineering , thus initiating another of my goals, which is to form my own company. As for the academic side of things, I have managed to participate in various training programs and obtained a certificate in the design of plants for residual water treatment. I also have the goal of initiating studies for my master’s degree as a Sanitation Engineer in 2014.

Finally I would like to thank all the Friends who have help to finance the program, PROGRESA. Because of your help, many of us, who don’t have families who can help financially, are able to reach our dreams and goals of self-development and at the same time participate in the development of our communities. Thank you everyone!”

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I-do-not-have-a-large-pictureJosé Hernández

José Hernández was born in Cuarto Pueblo, an aldea of Playa Grande, Ixcán and his first language is Mam. In 2009 José contacted Progresa to ask for financial help in studying to be a specialist in the administration of Water Based Farming businesses (a high school degree). After hearing his story and learning of his strong desire to study and better his situation, we were pleased to accept him into the program. He began his studies in January 2010 and during the next three years proved himself as a dynamic and responsible student. In November of last year he accomplished his dream by graduating in his chosen career from the Escuela de Formación Agrícola in Coban, Alta Verapaz.

During the first week in March we received a telephone call from José reporting that he is currently working for the same company that accepted him for his internship and that his new goal is to help his 15 year old brother to continue studying and that at the end of March he will be making his first payment towards his educational loan. His accomplishments make us very happy and we hope that he continues sowing more and more success.

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eduardoEduardo Castro

Eduardo is from Tejutla, San Marcos was helped by our program to finish his medical degree from 1999 to 2001. His family had worked hard to help him begin his medical classes but at the end of his third year it became impossible for them to continue helping him. According to Eduardo he had decided to abandon his studies and illegally immigrate to the US in order to earn some money when a friend told him about Progresa and he decided to ask for our help. We accepted him because of his good grades and he was able to graduate as a general practitioner. Some years later he returned to school became a specialist in internal medicine. Later still he became certified in Intensive Medicine. He has worked as head of the department of Intensive Medicine at the national hospital in Xela and also in San Marcos. Both positions represent an extremely high level of achievement for one of our students but he has now left these high status jobs to open his own office in San Marcos where according to him there are very few medical specialists.

Eduardo contacted us by telephone in July when he received one of our letters. According to him, he had not received any of our earlier letters or "Boletines" and had lost contact with us completely before a family member passed this letter on to him. He arranged to visit with us while we were in Quetzaltenango. When we spoke with him, he expressed his appreciation to the program for the help he had received and told us that if it hadn’t been for our help in finishing his studies his life would have been very different. Click here to watch a four minutes video of former student Eduardo Castro.

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Other Graduates

NAME: Rut Calí MAJOR: BILINGUAL PRIMARY TEACHING (3 years) FROM: Chimaltenango

NAME: Rut Calí
MAJOR: BILINGUAL PRIMARY TEACHING (3 years)
FROM: Chimaltenango

NAME: Astrid Garcia MAJOR: Professional Nursing (3 years) FROM: Coban

NAME: Astrid Garcia
MAJOR: Professional Nursing (3 years)
FROM: Coban

NAME: Luciana Telón MAJOR: BILINGUAL PRIMARY TEACHING (3 years) FROM: Chimaltenango

NAME: Luciana Telón
MAJOR: BILINGUAL PRIMARY TEACHING (3 years)
FROM: Chimaltenango

NAME: Yuri López MAJOR: Psycology (5 years) FROM: Coban

NAME: Yuri López
MAJOR: Psycology (5 years)
FROM: Coban