Paraguay Hope provides educational scholarships to Middle School, High School and College students so that they may advance their education.
Fatima Acosta received her teaching credential in November, 2015. Inspired by her father, who was an elementary school director for many years, Fatima chose to follow in his footsteps and become an elementary school teacher. Fatima began her course of study in 2012 at Universidad Nacional de Villarrica del Espiritu Santo in Melgarejo and persevered to complete her rigorous training. She will, undoubtedly, inspire many children to reach for their own dreams.
Marcial Lopez received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology! He is the first person from his village to receive a bachelor’s degree, a tremendous accomplishment. He began studying Psychology in February, 2013 at the Universidad Tecnica de Comercializacion y Desarrollo (UTCD). At the end of 2016 he completed his coursework, and in 2017 defended his thesis. His thesis addressed the importance of social acceptance, specifically, “The Importance of acceptance for young people between the ages of 13 and 17 in the city of Villarrica”. Concurrently, Marcial was enrolled in a 10 month program at the Universidad Catolica (UCA) in order to teach at the university. His goal is to teach at UTCD where he studied.
Librada Mereles began her college career in 2011 pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Universidad Politecnica y Artistica del Paraguay (UPAP). At the end of 2015 she completed her coursework in the five-year program and at the end of 2016 completed her thesis, “Acute Respiratory Failure in Children Under 5 Years”. She is currently working in order to earn enough money to pay for her defense, at which time she will defend her thesis and receive her Bachelor’s degree.
Florencia Colman began her college career in 2016 pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, an intensive five-year program at Universidad Tecnica de Comercializacion y Desarrollo (UTCD). 2018 marks the third year of her program, and she is proving to be a leader in a male-dominated industry.
Elvio Lopez began his college career in February, 2013 pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering at Universidad Tecnica de Comercializacion y Desarrollo (UTCD). In November, 2015 he simultaneously received his teaching credential in agricultural education from Universidad Internacional Tres Fronteras (UNINTER). At the end of 2017 he completed his fifth and final year of coursework, and will spend 2018 writing and defending his these.
Alberto Brizuela began his college career in February, 2013 pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering. He is studying at Universidad Tecnica de Comercializacion y Desarrollo (UTCD). At the end of 2017 he completed his coursework in the 5-year program and will spend 2018 writing and defending his thesis.
Fermina Sachelaridi began her college career in 2016 pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at Universidad Tecnica de Comercializacion y Desarrollo (UTCD). 2018 is the third year of her program.
Marino Sachelaridi graduated from high school and completed a 1-year program to become a certified mechanic at SEFOCAL in Colonia Independencia. In February 2018 he will begin a 4-year bachelor’s program in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy.
Maria Cardozo completed her first year of college in 2012. In 2013 she moved to Argentina to work, as many young people must do to earn a living wage. In 2014 she returned to Paraguay to continue her studies, and is now in the third year of her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Universidad San Lorenzo (UNISAL).
Eduardo Acevedo began his college career in 2012, and in February, 2016 commenced the 5th year of his Bachelor of Accounting degree. He is studying at Universidad Tecnica de Comercializacion y Desarrollo (UTCD).
Middle School and High School Students
Children living in farming communities of Paraguay often complete their primary education only to remain at home after the sixth grade to work on the family farm. Our organization helps to support students who want to continue their education in middle school, high school and college. One year’s worth of expenses per high school student is about $30, and includes enrollment fees, tuition, a uniform, notebook, pen and pencil. Paraguay Hope is currently supporting thirteen students in middle school and high school.