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.
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.
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.
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.
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 B. (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.
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.
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.
My name is Pedro and I am studying Electronic 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.
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 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
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.
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.
My name is Blaz and I study Entrepreneurship at the Universidad Catolica Boliviana with a scholarship. Helping Hands helps me pay my transportation and food. My plans for the future is to finish my career and also have my own healthy food restaurant. In my free time I play soccer, read and study. Thanks to Helping Hands I feel more confident since the project helps me economically and I am also learning to socialize with others.
Dany (Graphic Arts)
My name is Dany and I am studying Graphic Arts at the Don Bosco Institute in El Alto. The Project helps me with the materials I need for my studies and my transportation. My plans are to study in order to be self-sufficient. In my free time I read, write and play soccer. Since joining the Project I feel I have both moral and economic support and this helps me a lot.
Dayana (High School)
My name is Dayana and I’m still in high school in El Alto. The Project helps me with my transportation to my school and my school materials. When I finish high school I would like to study Nursing. I don’t have much free time because I am always helping my mother. Since joining the Project, I see that my mother and father feel much relief.
Yhuliza (Public Accounting)
Hi, my name is Yhuliza and I am studying Public Accounting at the Universidad Privada Domingo Savio. The Project helps me to pay for my monthly university fees. My plans are to finish my studies, work and help my family economically. In my free time I help my cousin with his book store and sometimes I play sports or help with the household chores. I also help my little sister with her homework. Since joining the project I have come to value the opportunity I have to continue studying, and I have a positive mental attitude to continually improve oneself.
Ivanna (High School)
My name is Ivanna and I am still in High School in El Alto The project helps me with transportation to my high school, school materials, extra math classes and a food basket twice a month. My future plans are to finish high school and then study a profession and help other people who are in need. In my free time I play basketball or other sports. Since I Joined the project, I have more desire to study and get ahead. Finally I feel that somebody wants to see me get ahead. The good thing is that I can count on help from the Project.
My name is Joel and I study English at First Class Institute in La Paz. The project helps me to pay my monthly institute fees and my medical care. My plans for the future is to be independent, keep studying and working so I can pay my own apartment. What I do in my free time is practice my English and sometimes organize my room.
My name is Lenny and I am studying Gastronomy at the IGA Institute. The Project helps me to pay my monthly institute fees. My future plans are to teach at an Institute and also open a Pastry Shop and maybe in the future a restaurant. In my free time I do my homework and help my daughter with her homework too. Since I joined the Project I feel enthusiastic about getting ahead, and I feel stronger and more decided.
Lizeth (High School)
My name is Lizeth and I am already finished high school. The project helped me with my graduation expenses and school materials. Now I want to study Business and then work to help my family. In my free time I help my parents at home taking care of my siblings and cleaning. The project has helped me a lot economically and thanks to the project I can get ahead.
Luzmila (Auxiliary Nursing)
My name is Luzmila and I am studying Auxiliary Nursing at the Instituto Tecnico de Exclencia. The project helps me with my monthly payments at the institute. My plans are to finish my present studies and then continue to do a specialty. In the little free time I have, I study and do my assignments. The project has helped me so that my life is less difficult as I try to realize my dreams.
Luz Maria (Hotel Administration and Gastronomy)
Hi, my name is Luz Maria and I am studying Hotel Administration and Gastronomy at the Universidad Central. Helping Hands supports me economically with my university payments and with health care as well. My plans for the future are to form my own business in my village which is an area with much biodiversity. Once I do this I would like to help the Project so it can continue to support young people who need help to realize their dreams as I am doing. The Project is a big help for me and it is the best that has happened to me this year. It is a dream come true.
My name is Miguel and I am studying entrepreneurship at the Universidad Catolica Boliviana with a scholarship. Helping hands supports me with my rent, food and transportation. My future plans are to continue studying and help other people who might have the same needs as I do so they can realize their dreams. In my free time I play sports with friends, help the people where I live and I read. Now that I am in the project, I have economic stability and I have been able to interact with many new people during the monthly meetings and activities.
Rebeca (Gastronomy and Hotel Management)
My name is Rebeca and I am beginning to study Gastronomy and Hotel Management. The Project supports me with my university payments as my parents cannot help me. The Project also helps me socially with the monthly meetings. In the future, I want to finish my studies and become a professional and work. In my free time I help my mother with the household duties, taking care of my siblings, cooking, and washing. Since joining the Project I feel that my parents have been relieved as my father does not make enough to support all the children. Without Helping Hands, I would not have been able to continue my studies.
Rosa (Public Accounting)
My name is Rosa and I study Public Accounting at the Universidad Tecnologica Boliviana in El Alto. The project has given me this opportunity to study and help me with the monthly university fees. I have plans to finish my studies and then begin to work in what I really enjoy, and have economic stability. In my free time I work part time and take care of my daughter and help her with her homework. Since joining the project I have learned much from the monthly meetings and I feel more alive and with the desire to reach my goals.
My name is Victor and I am studying entrepreneurship at the Universidad Catolica Boliviana. The Project helps me with my rent and food expenses while I study. In the future I would like to work as an accountant and then begin my own business project. In my free time I like to walk and to see cartoons. Since joining the project I feel good because some of my worries have been taken care of. I feel better knowing that there are people willing to help me.
Ana (High School)
My name is Ana and I am still in high school in La Paz. The Helping Hands Project helps me with my school materials and with extra math classes. My plan for the future is to study Early Childhood Education and them maybe be a Veterinary. And then study even more professions, have my own house, help my family get ahead and be part of the Project to help other students like me. In my free time I like to play soccer, dance, sing and draw. With the Project I no longer feel alone because I know I have someone to support me and I no longer want to be enclosed in the world I created.