I am Andrea and I study nursing at the Pucarani campus of the Universidad Católica Boliviana. On the one hand, the Project helps me economically but it also provides seminars and meetings for further education. In my free time I work, study, read books and cook with my friends. Thanks to the help of the foundation I can continue my studies and realize my dreams. If God allows, I would like to go to Chile and work there for three years, then return to Bolivia, open a pharmacy and help my siblings at home.
My name is Cesar Augusto, and I study Law at the Universidad Privada San Francisco de Asís. The project pays 75% of my monthly university payment and provides the books I need for university. My plans for the future are to obtain my Bachelor degree and then my Masters to further my knowledge. I am also keen to help the Project in any way that I can. Right now I am working in the lawyer’s office Parcel y Asociados, where I am doing my internship, therefore I do not have much free time. When I entered the project it was like entering a new family which offers me help when I need it, so I can fulfil my dream of being a professional in my country.
Claudia (High School)
My name is Claudia and I am in grade 11 at the San Simon De Ayacucho High School. The Project helps me in many ways, for which I am very thankful. It helps me economically as well as offering me moral support. I have many future goals, one of which is to successfully finish my studies. I also want to have a job where I can help other people and make my parents and God happy with me. I spend my free time with my family, playing with my little brother, helping my mother in the house or drawing. Since I joined the project, my dreams have returned and I feel that God has sent me angels, which are on earth with me today, helping, protecting and guiding me. My worries have lessened and my happiness has grown. I thank Helping Hands and God for everything!
I am Franz and I study agriculture at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres. The Project helps me with moral and economic support and it allows me to have more trust in myself. In the future I want to finish my studies and have good financial stability. Normally my free time is filled with doing work for university, running errands, doing my internships, being at the Project or in my room. The Project changed my life and my way of thinking. Today I am happy almost the entire time and I feel safe facing the world. I gained more enthusiasm for my studies and now I know I can do what I really want. The project also changed the way that I think about other people. I am aware now that there are many lovely and noble people in the world that will give and do not expect anything in return.
I am Genoveva and I study Dentistry at the Universidad Pública de El Alto. The Project offered me its unconditional support from the moment I started my studies, for which I am very grateful. Now I am able to cover my rent, food and the costs for dentistry materials. In the future, I would like to travel overseas, if God allows, and work in a health centre. I would like to travel to African countries with minimal economic resources and give dental services to those who suffer. As an instrument of God, I want to give back what people did for me. I would like to stay in Africa for at least 10 years, later return to Bolivia and work here with people with little economic resources. In my free time I love to read, swim and chat with my little sister. Since the moment the Project accepted me I was happier and knew I would be able to continue with my studies. I can always count on them for help with personal problems too. They offer such great advice! I have trust in them and I’m so very grateful.
I study medicine at the Universidad Nuestra Señora de La Paz. The Project helps me with my monthly university fees. My plans for the future are to finish my career in medicine and then work for a whole year and save money to get into the College of Doctors so that I can specialise. In my free time I write up patients’ histories, but sometimes I watch videos or play soccer. With the Project’s support I am confident that I will be able to continue my studies which are helping me to become a good person and someone who can give something back to society. Together we are building my future!
Cesar (Electromechanical Engineering)
I am at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres studying Electromechanical Engineering. The Project helps me with transportation, school materials and books. In the future I would like to specialise in energy production. The Project is a big support for me and I see it as like having a second family, large, varied and united! My family are pleased that I get to meet other like-minded people who, like me have dreams but who have also been through difficult situations. In my free time I like to help my parents, I also love to play football with my brother and to help others in the Project who need help with their university or school work. A big dream of mine is to meet my sponsors.
Daniela (High School)
This year I am in the 10th grade at high school. The Project helps me with my studies both now and in the future. I am thinking about studying medicine, but I also like mathematics, physics and chemistry. I want to be the best doctor in Bolivia! In my free time I study maths, physics and chemistry, and I read about the human body and how to operate on a person so I will know a little more when I enter university. The Project meetings are great – I get the chance to share my feelings with the other students.
Denilson (High School)
This year I am in grade 9 of high school. The Project helps me with my studies but also gives me the chance of a better future. In the future I would love to be a pilot, to be a pilot you have to study Physics and Mathematics. Primarily, I do my homework in my free time and then I practice my favourite sport, football. After starting the Project, I began to change the way that I approached my studies and communicated with my family. The Project improved my interaction with my parents and also with my siblings.
I am in my second year of studying Gastronomy at the Primera Escuela de Hotelería y Tursimo. The Project supports me by paying part of my school fees. The project set high standards for us and expect us to work hard and take our studies seriously – I think this is a very good thing and I am very grateful to the Project. In the future I would like to learn more about Gastronomy gaining hands on experience and learning from the bottom up. In time, I would like to have my own restaurant. In my free time I walk which I love.
Eloy (Veterinary Medicine)
This year I am in my last year of studies in Veterinary Medicine in Carmen Pampa. The Project helps me with my university fees and food expenses. In the future I want to work in agriculture and put into practice everything I have learnt during my practical studies. In my free time I read books and do my homework and community work. I’ve learnt lots from the monthly Project meetings; about vegetarian food, about current event topics, about the different cultures of the volunteers and foreign visitors. The Project is great!
I study Gastronomy at the Instituto Tecnico Nueva Bolivia “INB”. The Project supports me by paying my monthly fees and for my seminars. My plan is to open a bakery. In my free time I study recipes, aiming to remember every one of them. With the Project’s help, I have been able to continue following my dreams.
Evelin (Agronomic Engineering)
My name is Evelin and I study Agronomic Engineering at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. The HHP supports me financially with materials and transportation to my university. My plan for the future is to work in different institutions to gain more experience in my area. In my free time I help my father in carpentry, or I do sports. I feel many changes with the support from the Project. Now I have the needed material for my laboratories and I can do my practical work so that I can continue with my studies and it is an incentive to go ahead
My name is Gilda and I study Odontology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. The Project Helping Hands provides the funds for my transportation and school supplies. But most of all they offer their support in any situation, like a family that offers comprehension and love. I no longer feel unprotected. In the future I would like to practice dentistry and give help back to the Project. Later my big dream is to do a specialization. In my free time I read for my exams and I also help my mother with the housework. Sometimes I listen to music.
I am Gladys and I study Tourism and Hotel Management at the Universidad Franz Tamayo. The Project supports me economically with my monthly payments.I have. One of my plans for the future is to do my specialization abroad and later have a hotel resort in my hometown, Coroico, to improve my family’s life. When I have free time I share it with my sister as there is little free time. The Projectit is like a second homewhere I share new experiences. Now I feel more secure and motivated to study. I will always be thankful to God and to the Project for their unconditional support.
Gustavo (Civil Engineering)
My name is Gustavo and I study Civil Engineering at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres. The Helping Hands Foundation supports me with the transportation costs from my house to the university. My plan for the near future is to graduate and plan my graduation project. I am very busy with my studies, but when I free time I watch movies, play video games and also travel to my village to work there and de-stress because the city is very stressing. With the help of the Project, I no longer worry about transportation expenses, just the costs for materials and food. My grades have improved a lot.
Felipa (Business Administration)
My name is Felipa and I study Business Administration at the Universidad San Francisco de Asís. At HHP they cared about me, they listened to me, gave me unconditional friendship and helped me overcome great barriers with their advice. Now I feel more comfortable and secure. Besides paying the costs of my university, they provided psychological and medical help. My plan is to help children who do not have the same advantages, as there is a big inequality for children compared to other sectors of society. I spend my free time playing with my children, teaching them values, watching animated movies, and having conversations with my mom.
Maria Luz (Science in Education)
My name is María and I study Science in Education at the Universidad Católica Boliviana in Carmen Pampa. My specialty is alternative education which is a big field. In the future I want to do a degree in Psychopedagogy and open my own consultancy to work closer with children with learning difficulties and dovocational orientation for children who are about to finish their studies. Helping Hands supports me with the monthly university fees and my food expenses and makes me feel safe to go forward. Helping Hands is a Project that gives support to all those who want to follow their goals.
Lourdes (Agricultural Engineering)
My name is Lourdes and I study Agricultural Engineering at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. I think in the future I will go to another department in Bolivia to work. And I will help my daughter to study. In my free time I sell products like softdrinks, smoothies and teas, etc.to earn money for our food and personal expenses, and I spend time with my daughter. The Project supports me with the transportation costs, the materials for my studies and the rent for my room. This is a big help because previously, I neglected my studies, but now I have more time for studying and I feel calmer.
Luis (Civil Engineering)
My name is Luis and I study Civil Engineering at the Universidad Loyola. My plans for the future are to find work of my in my area, to help my parents and my smaller siblings so they can study and have a career as well. In my free time I do sports and help my parents when I am at home, or review my school notes. I was very worried about how to pay my school fees, but now I feel very happy because I can go forward with my goals. I am also satisfied with the Project talks because they give us advice which helps us in life.
Hello, my name is Diego Edgar. I am studying Finance at Universidad Real de la Cámara Nacional de Comercio. Helping Hands provides me with 70% of my monthly tuition expenses for school. In the future, I would like to be a profesional and eventually own a small business which I hope to grow over time. In my free time, I help my aunts and uncles with day to day chores especially sewing. On weekends, I return to my village to help my parents with work around the house. Helping Hands has given me the chance to go to school and earn an education. Without their help, my parents and I would not have been able to afford this.
Hi my name is Edith Ericka, and I study Accounting at el Instituto “C.E.C.”S.R.L. Helping Hands provides me with my monthly tuition expenses for school and also provides help with the costs of seminars and workshops. After I complete my degree, I would like to start working on my accounting license and to work for a local business. In my free time, I do homework, chores around the house and play with my son. Helping Hands has allowed me to pursue an education because with my salary alone, I would not be able to afford this. I’m very grateful for the support and taking full advantage and working very hard in my studies.
Hi my name is Ivon Karen, and I am studying Metallurgy at the Escuela Industrial Pedro Domingo Murillo. Helping Hands is helping me pay for the materials that I need for my studies which are very expensive and they also pay for seminars that help with my profesional development. In the future I would like to obtain work in as a metallurgist so that I can help my parents financially and eventually have my own property. In my free time I do homework and play basketball. Helping Hands has helped me tremendously in paying for the materials needed for my studies which I could not afford and thanks to the Foundation, I’m able to attend seminars which I wouldn’t be able to attend without financial help.
Hello, my name is Maria Salome and I’m studying Accounting at the Instituto de Educación Bancaria. Helping Hands helps me pay for my tuition and also for seminar costs. I would like to have a career working for a bank once I complete my education. In my free time, I do homework, take care of my cousins and help around the house. Helping Hands has changed my life a lot. My mother is no longer always preoccupied with how she will pay for my tuition. Our family has very little spare money and I hate seeing my mother worry about this.
Hello, my name is Shecid Nataly and I am studying Psychology at the Universidad Pública de El Alto. Helping Hands helps me pay for my monthly tuition fees. In the future I would like to finish my bachelors and eventually obtain a doctorate in Psychology. I spend all of my free time studying so that I can achieve my future goals. Helping Hands has made a huge difference for me. Although it doesn’t cover all of my daily necessities but it still a relief to have the help. I no longer have to worry every day if I will be able to afford to eat.
Hello, my name is Reyna Vanessa and I’m studying accounting at the Instituto Tecnológico Don Bosco. Helping Hands helps me with my travel expenses and also with the costs of my books and seminars. My short term goals are to complete my studies and obtain my accounting license. However, I eventually want to teach accounting because teaching and accounting are my two passions. In my free time I like to paint and express my creative side. Helping Hands not only provides me with financial support but they also give me emotional support and give me opportunities to give back to the community.
Hello, my name is Rita Jimena and I’m studying at the Universidad de Aquino Bolivia. Helping Hands is helping me with living expenses, school materials and with medical expenses. In the future, I would like to work for the city of Tarija and help its citizens have a good future just as I’ve been given the opportunity to. My free time is spent helping around the house. Helping Hands has changed many aspects of my life in psychologically, socially, economically and culturally. I feel very secure and supported now.
Ruth P. (Public Accounting)
My name is Ruth Pamela, and I’m studying public accounting at the Universidad Pública del Alto (UPEA). Helping Hands helps for me to pay for my transport costs, school fees, books when needed and also to keep my child in day care while I study. In the future, I would like to become a profesional accountant and also to learn other languages like English to help me in my career. I like to spend my time with my daughter and playing sports when I have the time. Helping Hands has greatly reduced the stress in my life. Before I was always worried about money but now I can pursue my studies and enjoy raising my daughter.
Hello, my name is Ruth and I’m studying Marketing at the la Unidad Educativa Franz Tamayo Técnico Humanístico. Helping Hands pays for part of my living expenses and tuition which helps me and my parents greatly. In the future, I would like to have a successful career in marketing and help others in Helping Hands the same way that they’ve helped me. In my freetime, I do homework and I also like to play sports. Helping Hands has changed my life a lot. Without the financial help, I would not be able to attend school and get an education.
Vanessa (Public Accounting)
Hello, my name is Vanessa and I’m studying Public Accounting at the Universidad Privada Domingo Savio (U.P.D.S.). Helping Hands helps me pay for my tuition. My future goa lis to have a career in Accounting so that I can help my younger siblings get an education as well. My mother is in poor health and is not able to help as much with my siblings as she would like. In my free time, I play with my younger siblings and help my parents with different chores that need to be done. Thanks to Helping Hands, I do not always need to be worried about how I will pay my monthly tuition and that I may be kicked out of school. Thanks to the foundation, I’m also able to afford books and other school materials.
Grecia (Public Accounting)
My name is Grecia and I am studying public accounting in the University of El Alto. Thanks to God, the Foundation Helping Hands helps me with my transportation to the university which is far from my home. My plans for my future are to work in Accounting and to help the Project in any form they need help. In my free time the first thing I do is the house work such as cooking, washing clothes and caring for my daughter. And in the night I study. Since I joined the project my family has fewer expenses as we are being helped with books and materials for my studies. I can now save a bit toward my thesis.
My name is Fernando and I am studying Music at the Loyola University. The Project helps me by paying my monthly university payment as well as other expenses for my studies and my transportation and food expenses. My plans for the future are to work as a teacher either in a school or in a university. I spend my free time working, studying or teaching. Since I joined the Project, I feel better prepared for life, already knowing what I want and thanks to the Project I know what I like to do the most: Doing something with music.
My name is Cesar and I studied Gastronomy at the IGA gastronomic institute. Now I am finishing my English studies. The Project helps me by paying parts of my institute fees. My future plans consist of working on a cruise ship or in a four-star hotel and to be able to help people of scarce resources the way the Project helped me. For the time being, as part time work, I attend a stand that sells video games in the Market “Uyustus”. Since I joined the Project I have felt supported by the whole team of Helping Hands, and therefore I gained more self-confidence.
Esther (Early Childhood Education)
Hello, my name is Esther. I am 20 years old and I am studying Early Childhood Education at the Technical Institute Balaguer. I live and work with a family taking care of their two children. Helping Hands supports me by paying my monthly fee at the institute. My plans for the future are to further my education to obtain a BA degree. On the weekends I help to realize camps for children and sometimes I do a “happy hour” for the children in the prison with their mothers. I also like to sing which is a gift I have been given by God. Joining the Helping Hands has changed my life. They have given me security and I am motivated to keep on studying.
Grober (Physical Education)
My name is Grober and I am studying Physical Education, Sports and Recreation in the teacher’s college. The Project supports me for my rent and food. This way I can focus on my studies. In my little free time I take extra courses, I work, practice some sports or simply rest. The Project has given my life a sense of security since I feel that I can continue my studies without looking behind all the time, living each day as if it was the last. Another change was the positive social interaction during our meetings and activities and the new friendships. Finally, I feel so grateful to those people who make all of this possible and I ask God to bless each one of them and their families. Thank you so much Helping Hands!!!!!
My name is Jhannet and I study to be a registered nurse at the UPEAuniversity of El Alto. The support I get from the Project is incredibly important for me for my transport and school materials. In the future, I would like to travel to another country to do my masters. In my free time, I help my mother at her work and in the house. The changes I felt regarding my entry in the Project are immense for me and my mother. Now we don’t need to worry a lot about school materials and books for my university.
My name is Ivan Limber and I’m studying nursing at the university NuestraSeñora de La Paz. The Project helps me very much with my monthly university payments, books and uniform. The team gives me advice, and knowing that I have this support makes me very happy. My plans for the future are to finish my career and – if God wishes – to study surgical instrumentation as well and get my master’s degree and work at the hospital or teach. In my free time I am generally organizing my room or doing homework, and when I can, I play volleyball. Since I have joined the Project a lot has changed for me. I really want to keep on studying and make my dreams come true. Thank you at the Project for so much, God bless you.
Luzmila (Auxiliary Nursing)
My name is Luzmila and I am in Auxiliary Nursing at the Technical Institute of Excellence “ITE”. Helping Hands helps me financially with paying the institute’s fees and some of my materials. In the future I want to work and then do my specialisation in instrumentation. The little free time I have left I spend on reading. The support I receive from Helping Hands helps me to make my life less difficult and gives me the certainty to be able to finish the career I chose.
Marina (Business Development)
My name is Marina and I am studying Business Development in the Catholic University. Helping Hands supports me morally as well as economically. The Project pays for my transportation and food expenses. My plans for my future are to continue to study after finishing Business Development in order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree which is two more years. In my free time I go out with one of my friends or spend time on the Internet. In the Project, I feel that I am in a family because they always worry about me unconditionally and are helping me to reach to my goals.
Miguel (Business Development)
My name is Miguel and I am studying Business Development in the Catholic University. Helping Hands provides for my rent and food expenses while I study. At the university, I am already working in a project that is called “vertical agriculture”. Instead of transporting food in trucks from the field to the city, fruits are being cultivated in greenhouses implementing new technology and very close to the homes. In my free time I am investigating costs and innovations. I have felt a great change since joining the Project knowing that I have a lot of support in every aspect of my life as well as the support for rent and food.
My name is Milta and I am studying Agronomy at the Catholic University in Carmen Pampa. The Project helps me by paying my monthly university fees and my food expenses and by giving informative talks on sexual orientation and other topics. After graduating I would like to do a specialization and then start to work and one day be a supporter of the Project. In my free time I work in the rural area to cover some extra expenses and sometimes I read. Recently I started to learn to drive as this is necessary for my profession. I am very happy to receive the support of Helping Hands and feel their concern for me as this encourages me to follow my dreams. Helping Hands is like a family to me.
Omar (Foreign Trade)
My name is Omar and I am studying foreign trade at the Instituto de Comercio y Aduanas (ICA) and English at the First Class Institute. Helping Hands pays my monthly payments for both ICA and my English classes. My plans for the future are to work at the customs office and to use English in my foreign trade career. In my free time I do my homework and at times I work part time. Since I joined Helping Hands my life has changed. I was given the opportunity to study which before wasn't possible. Helping Hands is something great. They have provided financial support and also helped me morally and explained things I did not understand in my classes. I want the Foundation to continue. Thank you for everything.
My name is Pedro and I am studying Electricity in the technical institute Pedro Domingo Murillo. The Projects supports me with my transportation costs and with school materials. Besides the financial help, one learns a lot from the monthly meetings and from the team which gives us orientation, advice, follow-up on studies, andfriendship. Finally we learn also from the volunteers who come from a different country. All in all you get to learn a lot from the whole team that forms the Project Helping Hands. Once I have finished my studies I would like to help support the Project and other students. In my free time I practice some sports and help my mother with the housework.
Prudencio (Commercial Engineering)
My name is Prudencio and I am studying Commercial Engineering at the Central University. The Project is a great help to continue my studies. They help me with the payment of the university, they support us regarding medical needs and offer help and good advices whenever needed. That’s why the project is like a family. My future plans are to finish my studies, work on my thesis and then search for work. I might like to work with institutions in the education sector like Helping Hands so that it will be possible for a lot of young people to study. I dedicate my free time to sports because I like to play Football. Sometimes I go for walks outside the city. Since I joined the project a lot has changed for me. I now have the opportunity to study and the motivation to keep pushing forward to achieve my goal.
Rodrigo (Graphic Design)
My name is Rodrigo and I am studying graphic design in the Institute Atenea. The project helps me pay the monthly fees of my institute. My plans for the future are to be employed as a graphic designer and to help Helping Hands in everything I can. In my free time I work in the textile sector. Since I joined the project I feel that I am more attentive in what I do and I am much more responsible with my tasks.
Ruth (Educational Sciences)
My name is Ruth and I am studying Educational Sciences in the Catholic University in Carmen Pampa. The Project Helping Hands helps me a lot by paying my university fees and I am very grateful for those who make up the project. In my future I want open an integration center for adolescents which have suffered from sexual violence as well as physical or psychological abuse. In my free time I study and do chores at home. I also like to read some. After joining the Project I have felt a great relief as my university fees were paid, and I felt that my dreams would actually come true.
Tifani (Auxiliary Nursing)
My name is Tifani and I am studying Auxiliary Nursing at the Institute “Virgen de Copacabana”. The Project helps me with monthly fees and materials. My plans for the future are to finish my studies and to be able to work in Nursing. Afterwards I would like to help other people and continue to improve myself. I spend my free time with my two children helping them with their homework. Since I have joined the Project I feel myself improving. The Project always helps me with whatever I need. I am now occupied with my studies and feel that I learn more each day about nursing and about myself. I am very grateful for Helping Hands.
My name is Ysamar and I am studying Agronomy at the Catholic University in Carman Pampa. The Project helps me to keep moving forward in my studies and thanks to the Project I obtained information about health, sports and how to reflect on life. My future plans are to help people of all kinds in order to contribute something and teach what I have been taught in this life. In my free time I read, walk or share ideas and experiences with my friends. Joining the Project changed my life for the better. I now have the opportunity to keep up with my studies without worrying so much as I did before. THANK YOU HELPING HANDS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU PROVIDE!!!
My name is Sandra and I am studying Gastronomy in the institute “Nueva Bolivia”. My plans for my future are to open up my own independent restaurant and to be able to get to know different places and districts within Bolivia. I only have free time on Sundays when I help with the housework and do homework. Helping Hands is a place where I feel really good and where there is help for young people. They have helped me a lot.
My name is Anel and I am studying Physiotherapy in the Universidad Central. Helping Hands supports me by paying the monthly university fee and my registration fee twice a year. I am truly very grateful for the wonderful support I receive. My plans are to graduate and then move to Beni where I would like to work in urban areas with health clinics, in villages or towns, to train the people in the area of health, which is very important to me. I spend my free time tidying my room, working and visiting some friends. Because of my job, I don’t have a lot of time to socialize. I felt a great change due to the help of the proje
Marcial (Auto Mechanics)
My name is Marcial and I am studying Auto Mechanics in the Technical Institute Simon Bolivar. The Project helps me with the monthly fees, materials and the seminars. First, I want to finish my career and start working to gain experience and finally open up my own repair shop. In my free time, I study and fulfill my tasks and on the weekends, I am working for a swimming pool. When I left the boy’s home, Mendes Arcos, and finished my military service, I had no idea what to do and the Foundation Helping Hands opened their doors for me. I am very happy to be a part of the Project, having met people I have never thought to meet before.
Tatiana Evelin (Law)
My name is Tatiana and I am studying Law in the Public University of El Alto.
The Project helps me with the transport from my village to the university. My plans for the future are to finish my career and start working to achieve a stable economic situation in order to help my family. At one point I would like to realize further studies. In my free time I read, spend time with my baby and practice sports. Since I joined the Project, I have felt a great change. Before, it was very stressful to think about how to pay for my transportation to university. Now I receive extra support from the Project that gives me more confidence that I will be able to finish my career calmly.