Scholarship Program Overview
Keilie Filomena was born on September 27, 1998. She has two brothers; Sergio, 16, and Pablo, 10. In her free time she studies. She dreams of becoming a medical doctor and to work in order to help her family in all their needs.
She graduated from 6th grade on December 2012 and will be traveling from her community, “Las Peñitas Arriba”, to her new school, “ Escuela Agricola Virgen de Suyapa”, in the community of El Perú, about 5 miles every day.
This year she is going to 7th grade, thanks to the generous sponsorship of NAMS Student Council.
Mirna Rubenia was born on February 23, 2000. She has 5 siblings, José, 17, Brayan, 10, Nohelia, 7, Emerson, 4, and Gerardo, 4 months. In her free time she watches TV. She dreams of becoming a teacher because there is a great need for teachers. Mirna is excited to start 7th grade at the “Escuela Agricola Virgen de Suyapa”, located on the same community she resides.
Mrs. Bethany Chicora, South Park High School counselor, and Bianca Leonard, a junior at South Park High School located in South Park, PA. Joined efforts to raise money for the Coffee Arabica Foundation for Education (CAFE) Scholarship fund. After organizing a coffee sale and a dress down day for teachers, Mrs. Chicora and Bianca where able to present CAFE with a generous donation.
Christian Ubence 2012 Scholarship Recipient
Christian Ubence was born on February 14, 1998, in the community of Las Crucitas, El Merendón. He attended the “Luis García Bustamante Elementary School” where he graduated from 6th Grade on 2010. Christian Ubence lives in the community de Las Cruces, with his parents and his sister; Marlin. In his free time he works in his family vegetable garden. His dream is to become an engineer.
On his application he wrote;
“I always wish to have a scholarship because school is my life I would like to be a professional to get ahead in life.”
Evelin Johana 2012 Scholarship Recipient
Evelin Johana was born February 21st, 2000, in the community of Las Cruces, El Merendón. She graduated from 6th grade in 2011 from the Elementary School “Marco Aurelio Soto”. Evelin Johana lives in the community of San Antonio del Peru, with her parents and her 2 sisters. In her free time she helps with chores around the house and plays with her sisters. She dreams on becoming a teacher.
On her application she wrote;
“This scholarship will help me to have a better future in order to help my parents and to make them proud of me.”
CAFE welcomes aboard their Scholarship Program two new students: Evelin Johana and Cristhian Ubense. The students will start their 7th grade classes on Monday 30th 2012, at the “Escuela Agricola Virgen de Suyapa” in the community of El Perú, El Merendón, Cortes.
Evelin Johana and Cristian Ubese will join Marguri Lizet, 8th grade, Marvin Ovidio and Cinthia Yosseline, 9th grade, and Jose Daniel 10th grade; CAFE Scholarship Program recipients. Best wishes for the new students and a successful school year for everyone.
Planting grounds of the agriculture class at the Escuela Agricola Virgen de suyapa in El Peru, El Merendón.
Escuela Agrícola Virgen de Suyapa of El Perú, El Merendón, Cortes
La Escuela Agrícola Virgen de Suyapa of El Peru was opened in 2005 by the Social Pastoral Services of the Parish San Vicente de Paul in San Pedro Sula, Honduras to provide education beyond sixth grade to children of families living in the communities of El Merendón Cortes.
The school provides education for approximately 25 students per year in grades 7th, 8th, and 9th. The teaching and administrative body consists of two teachers. Each grade receives two full days of class a week. During each school year, the students receive classes in Mathematics, Natural Science, Spanish, English, Social Studies, Computer Technology, and Agriculture.
The school serves more than the nine communities in El Merendón and is financed by the Parish San Vicente de Paul in San Pedro Sula, as well as families who pay registration and tuition fees for the education of their children.
The opening of the Escuela Agricola Virgen de Suyapa of El Peru has allowed many students whom otherwise would not have the means to travel to the middle school located in the city of San Pedro Sula to continue their education beyond sixth grade without having to leave their communities in El Merendón.
The Neil Armstrong Middle School student council has been supporting Honduran scholarship recipients since 2009 through sales of El Merendón Coffee. In the summer of 2011, teacher Lisa Machado was able to visit Honduras and travel to the schools in El Merendón Mountains where she met 4 scholarship recipients. Ms. Machado accompanied the students on their orientation to what is the equivalent of an American high school in the community of Suyapita. She was able to see first-hand how the scholarship monies are being used to provide a comprehensive education to the scholarship recipients. Ms. Machado spent the day speaking with the students about their future plans and how the scholarships have impacted their lives and those of their families and communities.