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Luis Ñamendi-Teacher

posted Jul 20, 2020, 3:01 PM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
July 2020

"Hi my name is Luis Enrique Ñamendi Salazar I am a graduated from BECA.org, I studied education. I would like to share with you my experience at the foundation.
Julio César Pavón was the one who inform me about this non-profit organization back on 2014 when I knew about it I could not believe it, I was doubting about this great opportunity but at the same time I felt like my life was going to change and I noticed that lot of blessings were coming, since this was something new for me but it was the type of support I was looking for.
Year´s have gone but the foundation continues changing life of too many youth. I am so proud of being part of it.
There are not words to describe how grateful I am for this amazing opportunity that BECA.org gave me on which now is known as HEDU.org, in my case it gave me the chance to study a technical career.
Throughout the time I was studying I had difficult times on which it helped me to grow and enjoy beautiful moments with all my classmates. Also my biggest pleasure was writing blogs on my profile, as well how to forget our social work that we had at BECA.org on which all of them left such as good experience.
After I finish my technical career I was working at the Juana Maria Polanco Elementary School for one month and then at the Colegio Modelo Monimbo for 2 months as a teacher´s substitute. After that I start working at the Jose Dolores Estrada Elementary School on which I have been working for 11 months thanks God for giving me this great opportunity. My responsibility is being a great teacher even though I have a morning shift I use the afternoon to prepare my classes.
On the other hand I know I have had difficult times but I haven't loose hopes of continuing growing up as a professional and as it is said at the Ricardo Morales Aviles School, ¨After taking the first step I will never stop¨.
Also I want to tell you that I took the decision to study Economy but unfortunately I quit but I will continue next year. I am so grateful with God first and BECA.org for the opportunity they gave me to change my life and I am so proud of being part of this great family.

* Translated by Elvin Palacios (July 2020)

Elmer Zambrana-Architecture

posted Mar 31, 2020, 10:52 AM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 10:54 AM ]

In My Own Words
July 2018

"Hi dear readers, God bless you a lot. It is a pleasure for me to share with you a little bit about my experience at HEDU.org also known as BECA.org. My name is Elmer Zambrana Calderon; I am from Diriomo – Granada. I studied Advance Technician in Architecture at INTECNA.
How did I know about the foundation? Well it was through my mom´s friend who informs us about the scholarship that the foundation was offering to study a technical career. It was a great opportunity that most youth with not financial resources have the chance to know about the foundation but that was not my case, after I finish my high school I spent one year without studying, In fact I was not expecting to continue studying, but now I am so grateful with God that gave me the chance to know about this wonderful foundation.
It was because my mom motivates me to continue studying, that was the reason why I visited the foundation’s office in Masaya in order to fill out the documents to get a scholarship. I met the coordinators Reynaldo, Urania and Sorania they shared me all necessary information about the process, after that I had to wait to see if I was one of the lucky ones but I had to take an interview at home so I could apply to Course one.
Course One is the first stage so we can get a technical career, it consist on 3 months of computer course and other 3 more months supporting elementary school. During the first three months I studied at INTECOMP, I met the first group of classmates that in the same way as me were exited of getting a scholarship. I remember that there were different groups in the morning and in the afternoon that year there were a lot of youth people starting the course but the saddest thing was that some of them gave up due to the different rules that we had to follow, but as a responsible student we had to make a big effort with following the rules.
I learned a lot about computers but for some of us, it was a little difficult because not all of us had a computer at home to practice. After spending too many time with computers we had to initiate with the 3 months of school support-(Brigada), in the same way as in the first three months of computer course rules were different, here I met my new group of classmates that on this stage we felt that the scholarship was almost our but we knew there were some other goal to achieve.
During the Brigada I went to an elementary school in Catarina really close to where I live at, I had to travel early to be punctual and hit the goal, I never imagine being at the classroom with too many kids that we had to help. It was an amazing experience because it helped me to improve every day on different aspects like being more responsible, punctual, expressive and with more willingness to learn more to show others the value of knowledge.
At the end I was able to complete this last stage of Course one so I could get a scholarship to study my Technical career that I mention before. On this new stage that is named Intensive BECA, which consist on studying a technical career for no more than three years, being an average student, however I was able to follow the rules with the only difference that now they were more strict, because if not we had to assume our consequences like lose our scholarship.
I Offer my assistantship at a government construction that belonged to the town hall - Nandaime as a supervisor. The project was about building a clinic for people with special abilities, it had a projection of 50m2 for approximately 70 people with all types of stuff that a construction requires. The position I got was on the administration of all materials, cost and budget with the right application on each of the different process of construction.
It was a period of many technician knowledge that during the time I was a student, I did not really learn in deep, because work environment is different when you are receiving instructions at the classroom, here you have to be self-taught because you have to put in to practice all your skills and apply all your knowledge for your own benefit and the company you are offering assistantship.
After I finish my assistantship I worked for a couple of months at the town hall, but due to health issues I had to quit that opportunity to continue reinforcing my knowledge. After that I start working for my own and start saving some money, after that I decided to continue studying, that's the reason why now I am studying Engineering on Design and Construction at UPONIC (Universidad Popular de Nicaragua), which is related to the technical career I studied, now because of my experience I am about to graduate me as an engineer.
Currently I am in the process of being a Technical Teacher at INATEC so I can teach Civil Construction, that is the reason why I am so glad with my family for giving me its support, but principally God for giving the knowledge and the opportunity to practice my occupation and of course to BECA.org for giving the chance of being who I am now I days and also for working with the education of many youth people with the wishes of continue studying so they can fight for their own goals. Blessings...

* Translated by Elvin Palacios (March 2020)

Maria López-Nurse

posted Aug 6, 2019, 1:09 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 10:53 AM ]

In My Own Words
July 2018
"Hello guys! Some of you do not know about me because I graduated 4 years ago from the program when BECA was in charge. Now HEDU has taken its role. I came to BECA 7 years ago when I did not have the resources to continue with my studies and achieve my goals. My oldest brother heard about the program by another BECA student. He talked about it, so I decided to apply and deliver my documents. I passed the application process and then I had to take a computer course and do a social project as a helper to an elementary school teacher to get the scholarship. The school is called Simon Bolívar in Masaya. I have always said “ Everything requires an effort to go far: hard work, devotion, discipline and punctuality are necessary.” The social project at Simon Bolivar School was one of the best experiences of my life and my reward was getting the students’ love and helping with their education. It was not easy to say goodbye to them after three months and I cried. I learned important things from the social projects in the community; to be successful you should start from below, to value who I am and what I have. We are not perfect but it taught me to be more human, to see others from a different angle than I used to see people. I started to study Nursing at Upoli (Polytechnic University of Nicaragua) at the time when the university offered nursing as a technical career and it was financed with 6% from the state. I had to pass through a process taking a course. I was not good with math and it was part of the journey. However, I challenged myself to achieve my goal to study in this university. Happily, I got through to my first option! At the beginning I was scared of the new journey because I thought it was not for me but here is my advice to you: do not doubt yourself even when your fears or negative thoughts come. I overcame that moment and I finished my technical career. After all my experience at university I decided to continue with my studies and get a degree in this area. You might be wondering how I paid for it . . . well, I got a scholarship from Upoli for being a good student in my first three years of studies. I accomplished high scores and I remember Maryury (the BECA Coordinator) always asked my superior about my performance but I did not worry because I was doing well in class. Thanks to the scholarship I could get my degree in Nursing. Also, I gave my internship at the Military Hospital (Dr. Alejandro Dávila Bolaños) where I learned different things that helped who I am today, too. The day of my graduation I was not expecting any recognition during the ceremony, so I was surprised by them with the “Cuame lade prize” and for being a volunteer. Listening to that was so nice for me especially because my parents were there and I could see their proud faces. The beginning is always hardest . . . It happened when I started looking for a job. In Nicaragua, if you want to get a position or a new job you should have experience. However, I have always put first my dreams and goals to God. My first job was at diabetic’s clinic where they assigned me to take care of a patient for a while and then I decided to quit my job. I’m grateful with them for the opportunity given. Currently I’m working in the area of orthopedics and surgery at the Military Hospital and sometimes I help in general medicine. I’ve been there for 2 years. You could imagine that I was a little scared but now I’ve got a lot of knowledge as a principal coordinator of the area. Recently I was named as an outstanding nurse in the area of orthopedics and surgery. I think it has been a great experience. I don't know what else fate has in store for me but here we go with God always with me.
Nursing is a vocation that is not for everyone because students let their impulses have control of them without thinking. My profession is full of dedication, humanism, and patience. There are days of fatigue where all you want to do is rest from stress but the words of your patients are comforting when they say “Thank you”. My patients have told me that I really love what I do and they are right. I love my job! To conclude, I send a message to HEDU’s students: “Keep going forward without regard to the circumstances or experiences you are having. At the end you will see the reward of your hard work”. Do not let this opportunity pass you by. The rest is up to you. Remember if any time you need help from Maria Celeste, I will be there for you. .

*Translated by Urania Montoya (July 2019)

Joel Acevedo-Automotive Transport

posted Jun 27, 2019, 10:54 AM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
June 2019
"Hello friends of HEDU.org foundation, it is a pleasure for me to share with you about my experience being part of this great organization.
First of all my name is Joel Santiago Acevedo Pérez, I live in Diriomo, I am a graduated from the National Technological Institute (INTECNA), I studied automotive transport.
After I finish high school on 2010 I was not able to continue studying due to my low income, that's why I had to work as a farmer for long time. Everything change on January 2013 when one of my neighbor told me about BECA.org foundation now HEDU.org, she told me that they would be giving out scholarship to study technical career.
I decided to apply because I wanted to continue studying so I gave out my documents, I do not remember if it was to Sorania or Urania. Thank god I was selected to win a scholarship.
I remember that the computer course was at INTECOMP (I was able to increase my knowledge about computer). After that I had to do social work at the Rafaela Herrera School in Diriomo, but with effort and dedication I was able to complete the 6 months of course one.
After that process, on 2014 I start my technical career at INTECNA for 3 years, we were a numerous group, I believe that most of us studied the same. Also I met too many people. I did my internship at SETAD (Servicios Tecnicos Automotriz Damas), it was a period of too much knowledge and experiences that now a days are so important for me.
Once I complete my Internship I continued assisting for one month more but for some inconvenient I had to quit and start working at a regular repair shop. A couple of month later I got a job in Granada at the company called MONISA; over there I have had great moments for more than one year.
That's why I am grateful and I sincerely say that all this is a God's blessing , because he is the one who put all blessings on our lives, as well my family for supporting me and of course to BECA.org foundation for contributing with the Nicaraguan´ youth education, Thank.

* Translated by Elvin Palacios (June 2019)

Erick Latino-Automotive Transport

posted Apr 26, 2019, 1:29 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 1:33 PM ]

In My Own Words
April 2019
"Hi dear friends from HEDU.org team, it is a pleasure for me to share with you all my story, but first I would like to thank God for keeping us alive. My name is Erick Santiago Latino Medina, I studied automotive transport at INTECNA - Granada. I never thought that there would be an organization that gives too much support like BECA.org, now a days HEDU.org, well my story is a little bit extensive but I will try to sum it up as much as I can. After I finished my High School in 2009 I had too many inconvenients to continue studying either a technical or universitarian career, I tried by my own but I did not have enough money so I left my studies for around 3 years, at the end of 2012 my brother knew about the foundation throughout a friend of him, I started looking for more information and invite my brother, we both went to fill out the form so we could be taken on 2013, by that time the office was at INTECOMP, thank God I was part of that amazing experience.
I took the 3 months of course one and 3 more of social work at a elementary school at the Rafaela Herrera School, Masaya. In 2014 I start studying my technical career at INTECNA - Granada, even though I had too many difficulties I put all my pledge, emotion and effort to complete my career. My motivation was my family and what I wanted for them, because I wanted them to be proud of me. I found too many friendship, once I finished the course on October 2016, I was sent to make my internship at Colegio Salesiano Don Bosco - Managua, the name of the workshop is AUDI, for me it was a big challenge because I did not get use to on the first week but at the end I did, I complete my 3 months practicing and then I got graduated.
In my mind I said ‘’I did it but the most difficult is coming up find a job’’. While I was giving out my documents at different companies, I was getting proposal for other type of positions, I worked for patio workshop for short period, but the situation was not really good because I was not even able to cover all my expenses, a friend of mine told me a little bit about ‘’Cubas Electricas’’, so I asked him for address and documents they were asking for, in 2017 I went there, the receptionist took my documents and said ‘’if we have a job position available we will be getting in contact with you’’. I was always positive praying God so I could get a job.
At the beginning of february 2018 I got a phone call from Cubas Electricas’ office they said I had an interview, thank God I was accepted and start working as a mechanic assistant for three months I was tested but then the sociopolitical situation came and they suspended me with no payment. I start working as a field worker, but after three months they called me so I could continue working with them, coming back to the workshop I find out that I was so lucky because I was the only one who kept his job other two guys were fired. I have been working there for one year, I feel with more experience and I know that I have been giving all of me, I think that is why I am here.
For me it is a pleasure to be part of the big HEDU.org family that support me and I am so grateful because they gave me the chance to make a career, as well I hope God continue giving lots of blessings to this amazing foundation.
BECA.org - HEDU.org ‘’For ever’’.

* Translated by Elvin Palacios (April 2019)

Haydeé García-Teacher

posted Feb 9, 2019, 9:33 AM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Feb 9, 2019, 9:34 AM ]

In My Own Words
February 2019

"Hello friends! It’s a pleasure to tell you about my experience at BECA organization - - now, its mission has been taken over by HEDU.org Foundation. I’m Haydeé del Rosario García Polanco graduated of HEDU, I live in the community called Capulin 1 which belongs to the city of Granada, and I studied teaching at Ricardo Morales Aviles Institution, Carazo. All started one afternoon in 2012 when my sister got a flyer from one of the coordinators of the organization at Bertha Pacheco school. She was not interested in the scholarship since she thought that she had to invest economically. However, I decided to keep the flyer. It is worth mentioning that I was one year away to finish high school. Next year, I went to get more information about the scholarship, I remember the first person to attend me was Reynaldo, and then Maryury. They asked to write my autobiography, and adding it with the other documents required. Also, I got a visit from one of the coordinators of the organization in my house. Finally, I passed all the process to classified the scholarship, and I was so excited when they gave me the good news about the scholarship. That was the beginning of a new experience in my life! Since I began the course about computing in ACC, I learned a lot of things and one of them was how to use a computer, something that was unknown to me. We were twenty students in the course, and the people from the organization were friendly and nice to us. Also, I developed the values of responsibility and punctuality. Everything has been so useful in my life. Thankfully to the values learned, commitment, and the enthusiasm to continued with my studies I achieved to finish the social project at Cristóbal Rugama elementary school in Masaya. It had a period of three months. This experience helped to find out my teacher vocation I saw many educational needs in the classroom. My partner Yanina Castañeda worked with me in the first grad. She is from Granada, too. Once I finished it, I got officially the full scholarship to study teaching. That was a dream came true! Having a scholarship that will help me to pay the expenses of my studies because my parents could not pay for it. This process happened in 2014. I started my studies at Normal Ricardo Morales Avilés School, Jinotepe, Carazo. The distance was one the reason made me stay as a boarding student but it was hard to move away from my family. I traveled to school every Monday and I got back home on Friday. I spent more time at school than home but my passion for teaching and my family were my power to be strong. There were not only downs in my journey as a student I had good moments with my classmates, teachers and all the people from the school. I considered them my second family. I could know better my classmates- we had and shared so many experiences that I will never forget. Thank God I was a good student that helped me to get the second place as the best student. When I was in my second year I got one of the best scores in the classroom that made to be in first place. I was so excited to see my photography and name on the mural of the main corridor of the school. I gave my internship for three months in Luis León Espinoza School, Jinotepe, and then five months in San Juan Bosco, Granada. In 2017, I got my degree as a teacher of elementary school. The following year I went to the department of education from Granada to register my documents. They gave me the opportunity to work as a volunteer at the program called “Técnico de Modalidad de Jóvenes y Adultos”, it is guided for young and adult people that could not study elementary school or high school. I went to deliver my curriculum vitae in community school but it was not hiring, so I went to Salesiano school and then a week after they called me to have an interview. There were another two more candidates applying for the position so we had to pass by a process and three interviews. In the end, they selected me for being the new teacher. It was a nice experience to work for a private school I learned differents things. When I had three months to be part of this school I got a call from the department of education Granada (MINED) giving me the news that I was promoted as a Municipal Teaching Technique for Young People and Adults because of my good performing during my internship of a volunteer. It was not an easy decision to resign my job in Salesiano school but I had to do it because I wanted to get a permanent position in the department of education. I had to be able to work from 8 am to 5 pm so I could not keep both jobs. I had to choose. Currently, I have eight months working for the department of education in Granada. It has helped me to know better my community and the institution. Thank God I have a job, and I am really grateful with the organization that gave the support to achieve one my dreams, that comes true do, and I’m able to help economically my parents. I still remember the words from the founder of BECA Walter when he told me in one of the social projects: “I BELIEVE in YOU”. These words made me think. Thanks, BECA.org and HEDU.org for helping to make a change in the life of young people because thanks to you today I have a decent job and the desire to continue my studies in education. God bless you!.

*Translated by Urania Montoya (February 2019)

Derick Mena-Computers

posted Jan 6, 2019, 7:08 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Jan 6, 2019, 7:10 PM ]

In My Own Words
December 2018

"Hi dear HEDU.org family, it is a pleasure for me to know that you are still supporting youth with no resources as well giving more opportunities. My name is Derick Francisco Mena Acuña, I studied IT, I live in Diriomo, I am a graduated of BECA.org foundation now HEDU.org. I want to share a little bit about the experience that I faced in order to get a scholarship, it was very special, I knew about it through Jaqueline Acevedo, she help me and inform me about the great opportunity that BECA.org foundation was giving. When I was on Course One I made a lot of friends all of us with the hope of making a career but at the same time with determination, effort and respect to the other ones, also throughout the 6 month of course one I learned 3 values: punctuality, responsibility and respect, as well I remember the good time that I spent with the children for three months at the Brigada, always offering my help and support anytime they needed it. After completing course one, it was the time to choose our technical career, and as I said before being there was not that easy but never impossible, also the opportunity that BECA.org was giving us on a special way. Thanks to the foundation I got lots of benefits like getting a job based on what I studied for, as a professional I learned that throughout the time I got use to follow BECA.org rules and also at work I am punctual and ordered person. At the end I got my qualification as an IT, which it was a big achievement for me. After I get out of the foundation I decided to study accountancy at INTAE Granada, thank God I completed in three years. I am so grateful with God for helping me to make my dreams true and to BECA.org foundation for giving me the chance to trust on me. I hope you continue getting lot of blessings from God so you continue helping Nicaraguan youth. God bless Walter for that big love that he has for Nicaraguan youth. Thank.

*Translated by Elvin Palacios  (December 2018)

Yester Barberena-Computers

posted Aug 31, 2018, 11:30 AM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
August 2018

"Hi dear friends. My name is Yester Adolfo Barberena and I live in Diriomo. Today I am going to share my experience in BECA.org foundation now called HEDU.org.
First of all, everything started when I was on my last year of high school; I remember that Urania Montoya visited the Instituto Monseñor Rafael Angel Reyes high school in order to provide information about the program. After that I ask my relatives about that foundation and they suggest me to get more information.
I decided to get ready with all the documents and visited the BECA.org office; they explained me the process to apply. After I filled out the form; I was just waiting to confirm my place.
Thank god I was accepted. We start the 6th month process. First we had to take a computer course at INTECOMP, I was in the afternoon shift. Throughout the time we spent there I learned and review basic topics about Internet and as well I made too many friends. After that we had to take the three months brigade, I supported the Rafaela Herrera School in Diriomo with kids from 2nd grade, I like helping them out, I still remember a little girl who was really friendly with me, her name is Francela. It was a great experience.
I decided to study computers for a year and a half at MASINFA-MASAYA, I learned how to fix computers, network, to install program, use Photoshop and all about technology.
I perform my prevocational services at the Humberto Alvarado Hospital Masaya being part of IT, my instructor was Lic. Marvin Alegria, throughout the three months that I worked with him I use all the knowledge acquired.
Now a day I am working, but not on what I studied for. Also I am studying English at the University, I am on my first year. I am so grateful with God first for giving me the strength and then BECA.org for the opportunity that they gave me to study a technical career.

I say goodbye to you but never stop dreaming, because the only obstacle to not grow up, is the attitude to face challenges in life.
”Failures are a part of life. If you don’t fail, you’ll never learn. If you don’t learn, you’ll never change,” Paulo Coelho.

*Translated by Elvin Palacios  (August 2018)

Darling Florez-Executive Secretary

posted Jul 31, 2018, 7:44 PM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
July 2018

"Hi God bless you, I am Darlin Flores Carazo, I live in Nindiri Masaya, I studied secretarial course at ACC, Masaya. It is a pleasure for me to share a little bit about my experience as a member of BECA.org foundation now HEDU.org. First of all I am so grateful with God because I got the opportunity to study a technical career. I really do not have too much to say but at the end they are not the exact words to show my feelings, gratitude about the biggest things that I have gotten through this foundation. On 2013 I did not have resources to continue studying so I decided to work as a brigade member at World Vision Nicaragua. I met Lesther Hernández who informs me about the opportunities that this foundation offered. Thanks God I got chosen for course one for six months, I start with the computer course, throughout this time it was so enjoyable because I made a lot of friends. After that, the second part was the best experience I have ever lived, it was like a dream since I had to interact with kids from elementary school, on top of that it was like a challenge for me because I became more responsible, punctual and face any situation. After finishing Course One, we started to study our technical career. Throughout a year and a half that I studied, I felt so satisfied for all I had achieved; me and my classmates (Leticia Cuadra, Ana Jarquin, Maria Acevedo and Maryuri Espinoza) perform our pre-professional practices for 480 hours at the Humberto Alvarado Hospital. I have been working for a year and a half at the DRAEXLMAIER Company in Nindiri, where I have the opportunity to continue growing professionally and reinforce my knowledge. I hope other youth have the same opportunity that I got so they can continue with their studies. Thanks BECA.org Foundation.

Translated by Elvin Palacios  (July 2018)

José Potosme-Tourism

posted Jul 2, 2018, 1:51 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Jul 3, 2018, 10:29 AM ]

In My Own Words
June 2018
"Hi my name is Jose Abdel Potosme Bracamonte; I studied hotel and tourism management at MASINFA.
It is a pleasure for me to share with you a little bit about my experience as a member of BECA.org now called HEDU.org. I am so grateful with God and HEDU.org for giving me the opportunity to study a technical career.
On 2014 after I finished high school I did not know what I wanted to study. I knew about BECA.org through my sister, I went with my mom in order to apply for the scholarship.
Thanks’ God I was selected for Course One. My experience on the computer course was really nice, I met new people many of them are still my friends. The next step was the best on which I had to support a teacher from elementary school, throughout the three months it last I learned too many things like responsibility, punctuality and how to face obstacles in life.
At the end we all had the opportunity to get the scholarship and study a technical career but the dilemma came back to me, I did not know what I wanted to study.
However a graduated from the foundation told me that I could study tourism, it sound right for me. On 2015 classes started, something important that happen on May 2016 was the last work it was a project on which we had to promote a restaurant, thanks’ God everything finished successfully. On 2017 I got a phone call from HEDU.org, Maryury was on the phone she wanted to tell me ‘’if I wanted to work with them as a coordinator’’. It was another step in my life on which I develop my abilities as a professional working with Maryury, Lilliam and Ana.
By the end of 2017 I was getting out of HEDU.org but through the time that I was studying my technical career and also the time that I worked at the foundation, I realized something I wanted to become a musician for the rest of my life. Next step was study and it was about to start.
There were too many places on which I could study but I really needed to perform my abilities in that way I could teach other, unfortunately in our country music is not a professional career.
I am in the first year of University and I have learned too many things obviously this is just the beginning. I am so glad with my parents and HEDU.org because they are the main protagonist in my life. There is no way for me to thank all the support that I have received but I consider that the best way will be achieving all my goals.
This is the way how I lived part of my life at HEDU.org, there is no doubt that it was an amazing experience. God bless you!

Translated by Elvin Palacios  (June 2018)

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