During and after a burn survivors rehabilitation, the effects of their accident can take a toll on their lives. Due to the serious issues they deal with, they may be unable to perform certain physical tasks and can have difficulty finding work. Shame and fear of bullying reduce self-confidence. Breaking the cycle of poverty by getting a better education is important for both the burn survivors and the long term improvement of the situation in Peru.
With that in mind, CAFA began funding scholarships for ANIQUEM patients in 2011 and in February 2018 celebrates its 8 th scholarship ceremony. There are currently 6 students in the full post secondary program attending college and university. All of these students will be helped to keep studying for as long as they wish and are able to fulfill the requirements. CAFA is proud to say that 8 young Peruvians have now graduated from the scholarship program and are now employed in their chosen field.
Additionally, patients in the public school system who need help with the purchase of school supplies receive this assistance from CAFA. In 2017, 20 children and youth took advantage of this program thereby increasing their enjoyment of school and improving their prospects for better education
Elizabeth is one of our student scholars and now a volunteer at our annual burn camp.
Many thanks to Rotary Ajax, Canada for the scholarship support for Elizabeth during 2018!