San Vicente Students Share their Challenges
May 17, 2013
On April 5th, 2013, the CRIPDES San Vicente team held their third scholarship student assembly with high school students representing various communities throughout the San Vicente region. Students had a chance to mix and mingle together before the assembly began. CRIPDES team members Amilcar and Esmeralda shared some of the advances of the team’s work in the region, before closing the assembly with a chance for a group photo and of course, passing out scholarship monies to students.
Students in San Vicente
SHARE scholarship recipients Oscar Perez and Sandra del Carmen Alfaro sat down for a short interview. Both age 17, they shared the different community activities they participate in, as well as the challenges they face as youth.
Tell us about the activities in which you participate in your community.
Oscar: Well, I participate in some activities in my community, like in church projects, and in other activities, for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.
Sandra: In my community, I participate in … well, when there are community meetings, they always look for me to read the minutes, and of course when there are festivals, I always support them too. Sometimes [the community] holds tournaments, and I always try to support them since I am a scholarship recipient, and [I also support my community’s] cleaning campaigns, and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, International Women’s Day and Day of the Child.
What challenges do you face as a student, as a youth?
“Our challenge is to be able to learn so much…to be a professional.”
Oscar: Our challenge is to keep studying, keep moving forward, earn a degree, and be able to learn so much … to be a professional.
Sandra: Our challenges are also to complete the tasks we have at hand, our homework, to follow our dreams. If we are studying, it’s because we want to excel, not just to go to school to spend the day or the afternoon with others. So, yeah, learn all that, and participate in and support the program.
What would you like to say to grassroots partners in the United States?
Oscar: I would like to thank you for the support you offer us, it is really a big help for those of us with scarce economic resources, it helps us cover many expenses that we would not normally be able to afford. Thank you!
Sandra: Yes, that’s our message!