Rural students in Santander proudly display their new backpacks donated by Totto Colombia. Thank you to Totto for donating 250 beautiful backpacks to the Green Light Education Assistance Program.
Student tutors from secondary school assist primary school students. Student tutors are provided leadership and tutoring training.
Since 2010, the Green Light Education Assistance Program has motivated approximately 7000 students to study hard and to achieve good grades. Of these, 290 have graduated from high school and some of these have won scholarships for higher education studies.
Besides working with students, the program encourages community participation, provides workshops for parents, and leadership training for community facilitators.
Two new projects were begun in 2019 in partnership with Investing Hope Foundation of Bogotá - entrepreneurship and savings training for students, and savings clubs for adults. These projects have been very well received and add a new dimension to the Green Light program's community development focus. The pictures immediately below are of YES clubs. These clubs hold weekly meetings to receive a training, to make their products and to submit their earnings.
GEMA groups are composed of adults, parents of children in the Green Light program. They are encouraged to save weekly and meet monthly to submit their savings. The majority have never saved before.
The Green Light Education Assistance Program is active in Santander and Guajira. We focus on rural schools where the need for assistance seems to be the greatest. Our partner organizations are FANDIC in Santander and Manos Solidarias (Foundation of the Rotary Club El Cerrejon) in La Guajira.
Read the latest news from the Education Assistance Program in the bulletin.