During and after rehabilitation from a severe burn, the effects of the accident takes a toll on the lives of the burn survivor. Young people may be unable to perform certain physical tasks and be subject to shame and bullying, which reduces self confidence. Breaking the cycle of poverty by getting a good education is important.
To help meet this need CAFA began funding scholarships for those in the transport program in 2011 and in February of 2020 we celebrated our 10th scholarship ceremony. In March 2020 we approved 3 additional students in the post secondary scholarship program. CAFA will provide our scholarship students with support through to graduation as long as the student is able to fulfill our requirements. CAFA is proud to say that 12 young Peruvians have now graduated from the scholarship program and contributing to society in the career of their choice.
Additionally, patients in the public school system who need help with the purchase of school supplies receive this assistance from CAFA. In 2020, 35 children and youth took advantage of this program thereby increasing their enjoyment of school and improving their prospects for a better future.
Santos is one of our student scholars undertaking a program in education and entering his third year of studies at university. He is specializing in teaching mathematics at the high school level.
Santos was also an adult volunteer leader at our 20th burn camp this past February.