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Pedro Gúnera-Automotive Mechanic

posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:25 PM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
March 2018
"Hi HEDU.org family, my name is Pedro David Gunera Flores; I got graduated on automotive mechanic career. I will share my experience on the foundation since 2013 through 2016. I did not have any plan to study a technical career or being on a university, a couple of years ago I had tried to study at INTECNA-Granada but it was a waste of time since I reprobate mathematic class on the first semester of the year so I got disappointed and decided not to continue. After that I had to look for a job but I never had employment stability. On many occasions I had to travel to Costa Rica in order to get a job which it was not easy; at that moment I realized how important study was. By the end of 2012 I came back home from Costa Rica and my mom told me that there was a foundation called BECA.org, which gave opportunities to study but first they had to be evaluated in order to get the scholarship. It was a really good option for me and I remember that at the beginning of 2013 I went with my mom in order to apply, thanks God I was accepted. I don't really remember when the classes started, first I had to take a three months computer course, then I had to work at an elementary school and help the students with low scores for three months more. I decided to study Automotive Mechanic at INTECNA-Granada since 2014 through 2016. Now it was a challenge for me because last time I failed. I still remember when I perform my internship at Auto-Nica Managua for three months. It was an amazing challenge for me and even though I did not have enough experience they hire me, maybe because of my good behavior, respect and humbleness. Thanks God for giving me this enormous godsend in my life as well to BECA.org-HEDU.org for their support in order to be a winner. I hope you continue helping Nicaraguan youth with dreams or wishes of overcoming. Thanks.

Translated by Elvin Palacios  (March 2018)

Reyna Ruíz-Accounting

posted Feb 28, 2018, 12:03 PM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
February 2018
"Hi, it is going to be a pleasure for me to share a little bit about my experience on BECA.org now HEDU.org. My name is Reyna Ruiz, I live in Nindiri, Masaya.
I knew about the foundation throughout a friend who informs me about the program, I visit the main office to get more information.
Thanks God I applied for course one, which first I had to take a computer course for three months. Secondly I had to support a teacher from elementary school, I feel really proud because I was able to help many kids as well it was a wonderful experience.
I was able to complete the 6 months for Course one. Once I was ready to start my technical career I chose accounting at INTAE. I learned too many things. I did my internship at the Nindiri Health Center; it was an amazing experience to share all my knowledge and learn new things.
Thanks god I successfully complete my technical career and I am really grateful with HEDU.org for giving me the support to complete my studies. I am actually studying English at UENIC Masaya; this is my second year on the career. However I am looking for a way to put in practice my knowledge in accounting.
I just want to say thank BECA.org and HEDU.org for your support that help all young people who cannot continue with their studies because they do not have economic resources to make their dreams true.
Thanks for giving me your support.

Translated by Elvin Palacios  (February 2018)

Julio Carcache-Computer Maintenance

posted Jan 24, 2018, 9:40 AM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:42 AM ]

In My Own Words
January 2018
"Hi it is a pleasure for me to be sharing with you a little bit about me. I am Julio Carcache, I studied Computer Maintenance, as well I am member of BECA.org now HEDU.org which I am really grateful for the opportunity that I received. I want to share with you my experience with the foundation and how I knew about it. My friend Jacquelin Acevedo informs me about the foundation and she was the one who motivate me to take the decision for this great opportunity. She explained me all about the process. After that she asked me if I wanted to have that support and my answer was ¨YES¨. After being talking with my friend I proceed to apply and fulfill all the requirements that were needed, thanks God I was selected for the scholarship. First of all I had to take a computer course, I remember that I start on 2012 at Academia de Ciencias Comerciales(ACC), Masaya, it was really good because I learned really useful things like Office Word , my teacher was Manrique Cardenas, he is an excellent teacher. After classes he motivates us to continue and take advantage of this opportunity. Secondly I did social work in my community Diriomo, at the Rafaela Herrera elementary school, it was a beautiful experience even though sometimes I felt tired, I supported a teacher for three months. In 2013 I was really happy because I had to choose a technical career, I had two choices Electronic Industries or Computer Maintenance. At the end I decided to take the second one. I decided to study at MASINFA (Masaya sin fronteras), the course was for two years, I do remember that my teacher was (José Vásquez Campbell). I provided my practices pre-professionals at Masaya´s SILAIS, I got hired for a short period of 5 months as an Epidemiology assistance. Actually I have been working for eight months as a Migration inspector at Peñas Blancas, Rivas, even though I am not working on what I studied, I am really proud of being working and help my parents since they also support me. I feel like is fair to retrieve a little bit of what they gave me. I just want to continue working to study English. Before finishing, I just want to Thank God because he always gave health and knowledge. Also I thank all people who support me on difficult moments, specially BECA.org and sponsors who gave me this wonderful opportunity. I hope you continue helping more people. Thank BECA.org, Thank HEDU.org.

*Translated by Elvin Palacios  (January 2018)

Juana García-Accounting

posted Dec 27, 2017, 9:44 AM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:37 AM ]

In My Own Words
December 2017
"My name is Juana Maria Garcia Duarte, I am from Tisma Masaya. I would like to share with you my experience in BECA.org, one day they visit my school and inform me about the project. After that I setup my application and it was accepted. When I start course one it was not difficult for me because I knew a little bit about computers, I was afraid of not getting good scores to continue with the scholarship, thanks God I was able to continue. It was an amazing experience because we had to do social work, it was really good because we could meet people and places. I remember we had to make a evaluation of how much the career cost, Antonio gave us some options I wanted to take nursing or accounting so I decided to take accounting. I studied to take accounting at INTECOMP, it was an amazing experience because I learned too many things also I got new friends. After too many good moments at that place I was able to complete my career. I start working at a free zone in Masaya, I work at a different area but it help me a lot, I already built my house and I am actually studying nursing at UNEH-Masaya, which it was the career I wanted to study but do not forget the great help I received from BECA.org. I remember when we wrote blogs, it was a way to show our experiences at BECA, social work and meetings we had with coordinators, we did not meet the sponsors. It was a good help and I will always be grateful for the opportunity I received. I just want to say thanks BECA.org. God bless you and I hope you continue getting a lot of blessings to continue helping more people. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year."

*Translated by Elvin Palacios  (December 2017)

Lilliam Carballo - Executive Secretary

posted Nov 30, 2017, 12:11 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

In My Own Words
November 2017
"Never consider study as an obligation, but as an opportunity to penetrate the beautiful and wonderful world of knowledge." My name is Lilliam Azucena Carballo Gutiérrez; I am from San Juan de Oriente Masaya. It is going to be a pleasure for me to share my amazing experience with BECA.org now HEDU.org. I knew about the foundation through my cousin Elias Carballo, at the beginning I was not sure since I wanted to apply for a career at UNAN-Managua, but I did not have the resources, I decided to investigate more about BECA.org, I visit the office and receive all information I needed which really caught my attention the way how they help young people. I apply for a scholarship on 2013. The ex-coordinators Sorania Dávila and Lester Hernández visit my house. Well I was selected; my family and I were so excited. I started with a computer course for three months on which I spent good time with my classmates, and then I worked for 3 months at the Humberto Pavón Fonseca elementary school, through this time I enjoyed helping a teacher. At the end it was really hard because I got along with all kids. After achieving 6 months I was excited of starting my technical career I wanted to take English but that was excluded. First I studied Bilingual and Computational Executive Secretariat at USTOM- Granada, we started on 2014 but we last 7 months since we were not getting the appropriate knowledge. The foundation decided to give us a new opportunity so we had to choose another place to study such as: Masinfa-Masaya, Intecna-Granada and ACC-Masaya, I took Executive Secretariat at ACC. On 2015 we start from zero, throughout the time I studied there my classmates and I learned a lot. I Offer my practices at the San Juan de Oriente town hall, at the beginning it was a little hard but I worked with them for a couple of moths actually until the end of 2015. I graduated on April 2016, I was proud of me since I was able to achieve my goal also because I was one of the best students. On 2016 I worked for four months at the San Juan de Oriente town hall, but then I gave up. When I thought I was not going to get a job, I got a call from HEDU.org because they wanted to give me a chance to work with them; I accept and met the other members. The experience was amazing because I knew who the foundation works. At the end I was selected as a coordinator. Now a day, I am so glad with God because without his help I would not be here, also thanks to my family for their support as well to the foundation for giving me the opportunity and improve every day more. I recommend everybody who is about to complete their studies work hard because opportunities in life only happen once, God will help you, sometimes it will be hard but at the end you will have your reward. Thanks BECA.org because you are helping to create a different generation… I say goodbye with this phrase: "If you can dream it, you can do it, the point is to believe in you".

*Translated by Elvin Palacios  (November 2017)

Freddy Pérez - Nursing Assistant

posted Oct 25, 2017, 1:28 PM by Maryury Ruíz

In My Own Words
Octuber 2017
Hello guys from BECA.org! It’s a pleasure to share my story with you. First, I am grateful for those who take the time to read our success stories. I’m Freddy Fernando Pérez López, I’m 26 years old, and I live in Masaya. I graduated as a Nursing Assistant from Polisal Jinotepe. I believe that we have to be grateful for the talents God gives us, and we have to take advantage of them until we consider ourselves satisfied. My inspiration for a health career has been strong. That's why my philosophy is to follow the passion for my career until the end, and I will not give up in spite of any obstacle I may encounter. I was so excited getting my certificate when I graduated because I realized my first goal: to be a professional in health. One thing my career has given me is that it helps people so this is my best reward. I do not consider being a Nursing Assistant a hard job because I have the passion for it. I say to myself: “enjoy the good moments of my job.” I think a technical career is important in our academic studies, and I know there are some people who disagree with it. However, I believe everything has a value in life, and if you want to get something you have to start from the bottom, not from the top. Finally, I would like to encourage all young people to not give up on their goals. Feel proud of yourself for what you have, and take advantage of the opportunities. Remember, God always hears our prayers, if you ask him with faith. All your efforts at the end has its reward. I’m so proud of myself because I have worked in different institutions like the Army Hospital (Dr. Alejandro Dávila Bolaños), and Salud Integral hospital in Managua. Currently, I work for MINSA (health inspector). I work in a public health center in the neighborhood of Monimbo, Masaya. My job has helped me to continue with my major in Nursing. Thanks BECA.org for everything. Without BECA.org’s help I could not have reached my goal. Thanks for helping me realizing my dream of becoming a health professional. Regards!.

*Translated by Urania Montoya (Octuber 2017)

Elbin Salamanca-Architecture

posted Oct 10, 2017, 3:22 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 3:24 PM ]

In My Own Words
September 2017
My name is Elbin Antonio Salamanca Sierra I live in Niquinohomo Masaya, I am a 25 years old. Thanks God for giving me the opportunity to grow on a humble and hard worker family, since i was a little kid my parents show me good values that help me a lot.
I am a young man with big dreams which I have been achieving thanks god. Throughout my life god has given me too many opportunities first of all the most important thing being part of BECA.org, around 5 years ago approximately I found a friend that inform me about the foundation and invite me to apply for a scholarship, I was so excited and went to the main office so I found young people that motivate and indicate me all about the process of getting a scholarship.
One of the coordinators visited my house and told me that I have to go to the office in order to confirm if I was selected to be part of the foundation, once I got there I was on the list. First of all I took course one which was a computer course, it was difficult at the beginning but then I got used to the environment, classmates, then I went to the next level on which I worked with a elementary school in order to support teacher and students for three months, it was an amazing experience but then it was so hard to say good bye, I was also proud of me because I had finished. Then I had to choose a technical career.
I decided to study architecture for three years at INTECNA-Granada, every day I learned something new, on my last year I was so happy because I was about to get my title, I start offering my practices with a company called ECOMUN in Nindiri-Masaya, it was a little hard but I was able to graduate with the support of my family and BECA.org that support me since the beginning until the end.
Well I am working with the same company they gave me the opportunity to work with them, everyday I work so hard and learn new things and I have dreams which are the most important, as well I am so grateful with my family and God because without their help it would not be possible.
I am so grateful with BECA.org now HEDU.org, I want to say thanks for your friendship and good moments that we spent together which will be in my mind forever, in conclusion I invite all young people that work hard every day in order to achieve their goals because if I could you can do it as well and the most important thing put God in first place.

*Translated by Elvin Palacios (September 2017)

Julio Pavón-Electromechanical Industrial

posted Aug 31, 2017, 1:48 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 1:53 PM ]

In My Own Words
August 2017
Hello friends and members of BECA.org! many blessing, I want to share with you my experience at BECA.org. I’m Julio Pavón, one of the graduates from Intecna -Granada. Everything started four years ago, when I was studying my last year in high school at Juana María Polanco, Las Flores, Masaya. It was that BECA.org’s Coordinators visited us in order to give information how to get a scholarship to students cannot afford their studies, but who are serious about it. There are many students who cannot continue their studies because their parents cannot pay the expenses of their children in the university, and that was my case. However, BECA.org gave me that opportunity. To qualify for the scholarship, students had to be volunteers as an assistant of one teacher in elementary school for four months, and then I had to pass through computers lessons for three months. I consider BECA.org a blessing from God because only God knew how much I wanted to continue with my studies. Let me tell you, It was not that easy to qualify for the scholarship because there were already selected the students for the social project but something happened, and they got me the opportunity to participate in the social project which is called Brigada. After all that, I became the leader of the group, and that was a wonderful and funny experience; taking pictures, meeting new people, and making friendships with the teachers and students. Finally, I got the scholarship, and I decided to study electromechanical industrial in Intecna- Granada. While I was attending my studies; I participated in some activities that BECA.org organized, such as: social projects in the weekends, meetings with the students, anniversaries, and other differents kind of activities. I enjoyed a lot of the social projects because I could visit new places, people, and the BECA’s family. Also, I made friendships with the coordinators; they are very friendly with all the students. In class, I made some friendships, too. There were always jokes in our conversations with my classmates. I had many experiences in this organization that i would never imagine to have before. I’m grateful to BECA.org. Thank God, BECA, sponsors, and all members of BECA.org. Thanks BECA.org for helping Nicaraguan’s young people. I did my internship at INCASA company in Masaya. They were nice with me, but they could not give me a job because at the time the company had to downsize of some workers. I bought a soldering iron, so I started to work at home as a welder. I fixed gate, roof and other kinds of stuff. Right now, I work for Sabina S.A in Managua. I’m happy working for it because I’m learning new things related to assembly and mechanic. I encourage to the future students working hard because all the process to qualify for the scholarship it’s worth it. I wish you all the best and blessings.

*Translated by Urania Montoya (August 2017) 

Manuel Fonseca-Accounting

posted Aug 2, 2017, 9:11 AM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

In My Own Words
July 2017
Hello dear readers; My name is Manuel Fonseca graduated from the technical career in Accounting, member of the organization BECA.org, who is now HEDU.org. Today I want to share a bit of my experience as a scholarship holder, I begin: in 2008 I received a proposal and was invited to start in the course one taught at INTECOMP and that was in charge of Professor Antonio Rodríguez, I was assigned the code 00060, here Was where I learned to use and know a computer, I concluded with the course and of course they sent us the invitation to continue to have the opportunity to opt for a technical career and also to be an ambassador of the BECA organization; However at that time I had no ideas to do, I did not think about continuing to study and I did nothing to follow. I do not regret this because you will see what happened next. It turns out that in 2012 again I received that proposal to be a student of course one and I was chosen again and I did well, I do not want to brag but I was one of the best in the group and I approved with good marks of the course, they gave me the title Of the Academy of Commercial Sciences and he of BECA. We also conducted the support brigade for schools for 3 months. Have you started to think and say that sometimes you do not know what to do? Personally, in the first year I had no idea of ​​continuing to study. I think that the decision I made in waiting was the best because maybe at the time of making the decision of my studies I would have been wrong or lost more time. A negative point of the brigade is that before so many situations as the folly of my colleagues sometimes I felt uncomfortable when they said and bothered that he was very quiet. I never get carried away by such nonsense but focus on one thing, I realized that quiet people are more productive and will see because I say so. I think it was difficult that process of the brigade to opt for the race but in the end I succeeded. Well spent the preparation time, start in 2013 with my accounting career in the technical center Masinfa, everything was so fast that in July 2014 I was ready to perform my practices and for that period my mother had died and unfortunately I could not share With her my joy (are unexpected things of life). It may seem that I am very proud or demanding but it has served me a lot in the aspect that did not accept the first options they give me but I want to do what I like because for the practices first I wanted to send to one of the companies located In Granada but did not accept it and sent me to the mayoralty of Masaya. Thank God there was good practice for me but I was not hired, time passed and some told me that I should seek employment elsewhere and I did but I did not find that opportunity. Although they also told me that I could opt for a job that does not fit my career, I did not accept it because I never gave up hope of finding what I was looking for. I always fought and asked God to help me, I valued myself and said to myself always seeing my certificate of career notes and my diplomas that I would achieve. And so it was, after 2 years I was hired indefinitely in the Mayor's Office of Masaya, I thank God that he listened to me and also thank you very much for the opportunity they gave me to study on the part of the organization BECA.org and its sponsors . Currently I have almost 7 months working, I started in January of this year, I think I have a good position, my job is to pay the taxpayers. In addition to working I also started to study for a degree in Accounting. I have many projects and many obligations now. It is necessary to mention that without the support of God could not achieve it. I hope this experience that I have shared is a mirror to see what it is that you are looking for, which is what you need. You can also get ahead.

*Translated by Ashly Díaz (July 2017)

Allan Gómez-Automotive Transport

posted Jun 29, 2017, 3:42 PM by Maryury Ruíz   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 3:45 PM ]

In My Own Words
June 2017
Hello my name is Allan Enrique Gómez Chavarria, i live in the community Pilas Orientales, Masaya, it is a pleasure for me to be sharing my story of success, also i hope God bless you. First of all i knew about the program through one of my aunts she heard on a conversation that sound a little interesting and she met the ex-coordinator Lester Hernandez, he explained all about the foundation and give out a brochure to her, my aunt gave me one of those brochure to me. After i fill out my application one of the coordinators visited my house and remember that Sorania Davila (ex-coordinator), she told me do not worry we usually chose people from the countryside, then i start with the computer course with my coordinator Reynaldo López, he is a really good guy. While i was on the computer course i knew Walter Hunchack, i had the opportunity to talk with him, i felt nervous, he said we were scared of him but it was just because of respect. After completing the computer course i start the brigade, for me i was like a little kid because i had to play with the children. I was part of the group that worked at the Cristobal Rugama Elementary school, I do not know if i represent the foundation in a good way but at the end everything was fine and i did not have any problem. I studied Senior Technician in Automotive Transport at INTECNA, i was a good student with good scores, disciplined and punctual. The scholarship i got change my life because now i have the opportunity to apply for a job. I start practicing at the electric generation plant Che Guevara, when i was there i sign for a temporary contract, then i had to compete for one of the position available fortunately i got the job and now i have been working there for 7 months. Thank God and BECA.org because without their support i would not be here.

*Translated by Elvin Palacios  (June 2017)

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