In 2013 enrollment for students at the 7th through 9th grade level was only 49 percent.
Enrollment for 10th and 11th grades was only 25 percent.
In Honduras education is compulsory through 9th grade.
Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos started three schools at Nuevo Paraiso village--Cristiane Daycare and Kindergarten, Nuevo Paraiso School, and Nuevo Paraiso Technical High School--that serve about 600 students and employ about 50 teachers and staff.
SAN's Reyes Irene Valenzuela Vocational Training Center in Tegucigalpa enrolls 500 teenagers who labor mostly as street vendors or underpaid domestic workers. These young women come to school on their one day off each week to get an accelerated primary or secondary education and vocational training in many areas in order to raise themselves out of poverty and labor abuse. TK number of young women have graduated from the program since 2001 (or whatever stat we can get from them); some have gone on to university.
Community empowerment and educational development are important FHC goals. We have partnered with Nuevo Paraiso School and its principal, Gloria Reyes Garcia, for more than a decade, by donating books, materials, supplies, desks, and helping provide air-conditioning for the computer lab.
FHC's Scholarship Program provides assistance to students in the SAN family with the desire and ability to further their education at the university level and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. An annual award of $1,000 toward tuition and supplies is renewable each year by request and submission of current academic records. FHC also asks each student to consider working or volunteering with SAN when they complete their education.
For the 2014-15 academic year, FHC is proud to partner with these outstanding students:
- Paola Erazo – Medicine (2015 completion)
- Xouschil Cruz – Microbiology
- Maria José Paz – Psychology
- Tania Diaz – Marketing and International Business
- Sergio Ardon – Pharmacy
- Daniel Matus Piñeda – Electrical Engineering
- Axel Palma Rodriguez – Civil Engineering
- Maynor Palma Rodriguez – Medicine
- Elvin Raudales – Foreign Languages
- Lorena Raudales – Tourism/Ecological Conservation
- Yajaira Mazariegos – Marketing/Business
Thank you to all our Friends Gala supporters and donors who help provide the major funding for these scholarships.
[sidebar possibilities: Success stories: Chuvi (already in Sep 2013 newsletter), Dani, Luis, Paola, who is about to graduate. Ann Rider(Newscaster, talked at Gala) We really don't have a lot of graduates and success stories. What we DO have are somewhat vague testimonials from SAN children of the '70s and '80s saying how much SAN and Sister Maria Rosa helped shape their lives.]