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Mano Amiga Chalco, Mexico

Mano Amiga Chalco

Mano Amiga Chalco is located just outside of Mexico City in Valle de Chalco Solidaridad, an impoverished community with a population for 275,000 inhabitants. The average monthly family income is less than US$333 and only 36% of adults have completed elementary school.

When it was founded in 1993, Mano Amiga Chalco offered preschool and first grade classes. Today, it is educating more than 900 preschool through high school students.

In 2007, Mano Amiga Chalco’s elementary school students placed in the 90th percentile in the state on the national ENLACE exams and its middle school students placed in the 97th percentile.

Donations have funded scholarships, the construction of an auditorium, a baseball field, a soccer field and a playground, and the launch of the Amiga Cartonera program at Mano Amiga Chalco.

Albert Einstein Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa, Brazil

Albert Einstein Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa

The Albert Einstein Israeli Institute of Teaching and Research was founded in 1987 to train nursing assistants to help meet the great demand for health care professionals in Brazil.

Recognizing the shortage of skilled professionals due to rapid scientific and technological advances, the Institute created a technical nursing degree program in 2000 and lab technician, pharmacy and hospitality technical degree programs in 2003.

Donations are enabling students at the Institute with the greatest financial need to acquire valuable technical skills that will help them secure gainful employment.

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St. Peter Claver Primary School, Kingston

St. Peters

Inner-city schools in Kingston Jamaica have been characterized by impoverishment, crime, and violence for decades. Among the many schools that are faced with such challenges, at last we can say change is possible with the collaboration of all sectors of society. St. Peter Claver Primary school is a true representation of “change from within”. St. Peter Claver Primary School is located in West Kingston and caters to approximately 1000 students between the ages of 6-11. This school’s transformation did not happen over night; however, this school has managed to overcome many issues in their 15 years of operation by creating strong partnerships with the private and public sector, NGOs, academia, and the local community. Not only has St. Peters managed to enhance their educational services by producing better literacy and GSAT scores among their students, but they have successfully extended their support to the community as well. They have acknowledged the importance of family support in regards to academic achievement and future success, and have implemented strategies that involve parents in their child’s educational process, resulting in higher achievement from these students. In doing this they have tackled issues of poverty that affect academic success. They also created extra-curricular activities such as music, arts and physical education to enhance children’s personal and social development while broadening their interests and opportunities.

The reforms in management, teaching techniques, administration, and learning in addition to community supporters and financial donors have proven to create more opportunities for these students and the community by inspiring excellence.

Please support our fundraising efforts for St. Peters Claver Primary by sponsoring this initiative.

Sponsorship Funds Breakdown:

Parenting workshops – 4%
Literacy/numeracy – 18%
Performance arts – 30%
Clubs – 13%
Staff training/prof development – 17%
Phys Ed/Team sports – 18%

2010 Scholarship Recipient

Zaheer Robinson, University of West Indies, Jamaica


Without a doubt many Jamaicans including myself crave for a better way of life, less corruption and a better and safer Jamaica. These dreams seem impossible at times with escalating crime levels, increase unemployment, low economic growth, balance of trade problems, a weaker dollar and the mismanagement of public funds by our government officials. Despite these obstacles, I am certain that my education will assist me to contribute to the social and economic development of Jamaica.

After completing my studies I am positive that my education will go a far way in helping me to better Jamaica. Currently being enrolled to the University of the West Indies has unlocked my leadership qualities, and has made me a problem solver. I believe that Jamaica’s biggest problems stem from the poor leadership qualities and problems solving inconsistency displayed by our leaders. Thus, with my education I intend to become a leader by starting a beverage firm locally to create employment, enhance economic growth and most of all provide Jamaica’s lost minds with opportunities.

Many people have suggested that starting a firm will always be a dream with the current obstacles such as high inflation rate, the rapid depreciating of the local dollar, the bureaucratic red tapes and the local financial institutions who are loan sharks. However, I laugh whenever people make these comments because my education has assisted me to think outside the box and as such starting a firm will be difficult but will be done even in the face of adversity. What many people do not know is that education makes you think rational and reduces your arrogance. So maybe a few years back I would have thought that starting a business would be unfeasible but now being more educated I know it will happen it’s just a matter of time.

Secondly, education has made me more responsible and respectful for authority, which is what I think many Jamaicans lack. Prior to the university I had little or no respect for some of my teachers, peers or neighbours. I was accustom to playing Vybz Kartel and Mavado songs which accentuated violence and the use of profane languages in my community without considering how others feel about the music I was playing. But thanks to my education I am now respectful for other people opinions even if it conflicts with my lifestyle or philosophy.

Thirdly, despite my financial difficulties education has allowed me to give back to my high school in the form of counseling and educational support for students. I know how frustrating it can be for students enrolled at high school and experiencing family and financial difficulties simultaneously. Therefore, reducing the possibility of more lost minds in Jamaica and helping others to find their way out of negativity are my objectives. The late Christopher Wallace better known as Notorious BIG once said “your brain is a terrible thing to waste”, and I believe so, hence putting my mine towards positivity and the development of Jamaica is of utmost importance to me.

Moreover, being a role model for children is an additional benefit that will arise because of my education. Over the years, Jamaica’s children are known to glorify entertainers who promote violence and sexual promiscuity and as consequence in my capacity as an intellect I will always encourage children to stay in school to enhance their educational credentials. I hope to be an exemplification to our youths that they cannot make it from rags to riches without being involved in crime or getting their hands dirty.

Finally, I am one year away from graduating from the University of the West Indies and I know after graduation I will become one year smarter. Thus, putting my education and skills to entrepreneurial activities to promote economic stability among Jamaicans is a dream of mine which I hope to achieve within the next five years. I once heard that the western hemisphere business leaders think about the next quarter in the financial year whereas the Asians focus on the next quarter of a century, and this is the philosophy that will help me to promote a better Jamaica to our business and political leaders.

2010 Scholarship Recipient

Latoya Thomas, University of West Indies, Jamaica


Living life in Jamaica is not the sterilized setting of “a vacation on an island”. For a maturing individual, especially one living in its pan-urban sectors or inner city, it is home to lost opportunities and deferred dreams, owing to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances. In a household filled with matriarchs (a typical setting of the absentee father), the mantle will readily be passed onto me in the future, as I am the proposed “golden girl” of our cramped abode. The female heads of my household (my grandmother and aunt) despite their abilities, have failed miserably to move up the social ladder, yet with increasing resilience, they now place their complete conviction in my obtaining a tertiary education or degree to break burden of their disadvantaged past.

Jamaica suffers from 8 out of 10 of its intellectuals migrating abroad, which generates a severe brain drain and robs the country of their contributions. The few “intellectual elites” that remains also impress upon the masses, the significance of education to consequently better the people and our country. Education has then become the social and economic agent of transformation. It powers the wheels that run our country- “Who gets what”, and “Who is whom”. The role of education is also an ambiguous one as it can perpetuate and confine the riches for the rich or at times, to grant the poor man a window of opportunity. It is this duality of its character that permits the centrality and power of education, to be a driving force in my family, community and even to the average Jamaican.

In my personal life, education will sustain a sense of duty and pride in my achieving scholarly excellence as well as to defy the circumstances where I am an individual defined by address or status. The prospects of education also facilitate my meeting the demands of the Jamaican environment where intellectual rigor and competition are predominant. Most importantly, it is my opportunity where I, and many like me, are able to determine our own destiny to excel.

The word education is rooted in the Latin for “to lead out”. This notion of education can be deemed as the active catalyst in leading an individual or nation “out”, however my personal definition is “leading out of dire circumstances”. In my being the first to attend college, I am the growing epitome of a “leader” in the eyes of my grandmother, family and even the whole neighbourhood. Yes, they are the strong believers in the principle that education, specifically tertiary education is the remedy for Jamaica and its ills. They also concur with my perception that tertiary education will encourage my goal to be an “inspiration leader” and role model for others and myself.

My tertiary education has focused on Politics and my mind is filled with the potential for change. I am an advocate that it can fashion the act of breaking the old order of my beloved island to replace it with a new and improved Jamaica and give it the “fix” it requires. As President Obama said in his Labour Day speech “if one voice can fire up a room, it can fire up a city, a state or a nation”. My education has “fired me up” and in another reference to his speech “I’m ready to go”.

A tertiary education is prized and revered not just in the eyes of old but also the youths whose lives are darken with sour experiences of ignorance and injustice. As a tertiary graduate or individual, I can affect change in the economic pie re my innovative ideas. With my accumulation of knowledge, I will provide development to occur via new markets, greater services and a dynamic methodology to satisfy international and regional competitive demands.

Tertiary education facilitates exposure to free or independent thinking and diverse cultures on a sociological level. Some graduates contribute in the economic sphere, a tertiary scholar or graduate in Politics can radically alter the norms of our island home to better alternatives and impact poverty, corruption, crime/violence, gender discrimination, skin colour prejudices and a myriad of other adversities that afflict, this, my small and heavenly home. The arena of politics has been the inspiration, which has shaped me the most at university and will likely be my life’s cause. It is the area where I feel I can best repay, symbolically, if not always materially, the faith and confidence of my grandmother, my family and my neighbours. I can do no less.

2010 Scholarship Recipient

Merrice Scully, University of Technology, Jamaica


All my life, while growing up, it was stressed to me how important it is to obtain an education. I have also learned through time, that it is not only obtaining this education that is of importance, but also putting it to use for the benefit of others.

My mother has always been an inspiration to me. She always tries to go further with her education no matter the means or the struggles. She also has been a great contributor to Jamaica as an educator and a role model.

I am truly grateful to be amongst the students that are fortunate enough to be given the chance of pursuing an education. Being able to contribute to my country will be an honour for me in the future. I think it is important for everyone to try and play their part in making Jamaica a better place. Therefore I ensure you that I am taking the necessary steps to do so, and with each step, I myself become more grateful.

My first great educational achievement was obtaining excellent passes in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), and thus being permitted to enter one of the best high schools in Jamaica, Bishop Gibson High School for Girls. It is here that I took my education further and sat my CSEC (CXC) examinations. I sat 8 subjects and passed all, receiving distinctions, credits and passes. I then went further and pursued my Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examinations, where I received a diploma. My next step was to attend the University of Technology to Study Medical Technology, where I have just finished my first year and am looking forward to the next. The sciences have always been my favorite subjects and therefore my career choice would naturally be in this field. I enjoy doing research and providing help in anyway I can. It is my intention not to stop here, when I have attained my degree, but to move on and achieve my ultimate goal which is to become a medical doctor.

I believe that achieving these educational goals will enable me to give a contribution to my country (Jamaica). Many people all over the world are exposed to all kinds of illnesses and diseases and Jamaica is not an exception. I hope that with my education I can help in the control, if not eradication, of all illnesses that pose a threat to the nation. I hope that in achieving my educational goals it will inspire others to do the same and help make Jamaica a better place.