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 will graduate high school in December 2017 as a Caminos de Accion (CdA) scholarship student and will start university in January 2018 where he wants to study medicine to become the first doctor in his community. A difficulty he currently encounters is getting to school, since Tehuiste Abajo only has one truck that leaves the community early in the morning and one that returns in the evening. If he misses the truck, he has no other way of leaving the community. Also, even if he does catch it, oftentimes he arrives late to his classes. This would continue to be a problem in university, unless he can find/afford housing in the city. 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 is finishing high school as well, and a younger sister who is in 6th grade. Noel would be the first person in his family to attend university.
Caminos de Accion (CdA) works in Los Tehuistes, 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, and school supplies ensure families don’t have to sacrifice their children’s education.