BENEFITING: Caminos de Accion
Noel Enrique Santos Juarez was born March 27, 2000 in the community of Tehuiste Abajo in La Paz, El Salvador. He graduated high school in December 2017 as a Caminos de Accion (CdA) scholarship student and started college at Universidad Luteraña Salvadoreña in January 2018 where he is studying Business Administration. He leaves his home at 4am to head to the city, San Salvador, which is about 58 kilometers away. He hopes to bring his knowledge back to his community and start a business to help the economy of Tehuiste Abajo grow.
His favorite community project through the CdA Scholarship Program is vaccinating the local dogs and cats for rabies, as well as leading the Community Health Campaign, during which they test their neighbors for parasites and make sure they get the proper medicine. His dad is 42, finished the 3rd grade, and is a farmer. His mom is 35, finished the 2nd grade, and works in a sweat shop. He has an older brother who just finished high school as well, and a younger sister who is in 6th grade. Noel is the first person in his family to attend university.
Caminos de Accion (CdA) works in Los Tehuistes (Tehuiste Arriba and Tehuiste Abajo), two rural sister villages in La Paz, El Salvador where, in addition to studying (100% of participants graduate), our students run health and sanitation campaigns, river and street clean ups, and an adult literacy program. The funds that scholarships students receive monthly from Caminos de Accion for transportation, food, tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and educational workshops ensure families don’t have to sacrifice their children’s education.