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Bianca is one of the 4 Kuska students entering in 2012. She has wanted to study Marketing for a long time, and now with Kuska she finally has a chance! She still needs about half of her monthly tuition to be funded before she can start classes in April, please help her out!
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Lourdes, 27

Applying for: Nursing Degree at IESTP

Institution Web Page: Reyna de las Americas

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 5.0 years

Start Date:  August 2016

Cost: $65.00/month

 
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Patrick, 18

Applying for: Dentistry School and a Master's in Maxillofacial Surgery

Institution Web Page: The Scientific University of Peru (Universidad Cientiífica del Perú)

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 5.0 years

Start Date:  August 2014

Cost: $93.00 to enroll + $186.00/month

Amount Accumulated to Date: 0.0% Funded

Current Job: None

Previous education: Completed high school

Background: Patrick is a very motivated young man. Both of his parents are teachers. They do not make very much money, and so it is up to him to support himself through his studies. During his interview, Patrick told us that he would like to become a dentist and specialize in maxillofacial surgery. He would then like to start his own clinic which, in addition to private clients, would offer free or low cost services to the impoverished in Iquitos.

Mi Meta: En primer lugar [me gustaría] terminar mi profesión, realizar una especialización en algún país o en mi propio país, posteriormente consolidarme con una clínica propia asociándome con otros médicos para brindar un servicio a los que menos tienen.

 

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Javier,

Applying for: Business Administration at IPAE

Institution Web Page: IPAE

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 4.0 years

Start Date:  September 2012

Cost: $115.00/month

Amount Accumulated to Date: 13.0% funded for 1st semester

Current Job: Works at an internet cafe

Previous education: Completed high school.

Background: Javier has been on the Kuska waiting list for over a year! For a long time now he has wanted to study Business Administration at IPAE, a business school in Iquitos, and now is his chance. His dream is to manage, or possibly own, his own company one day. He has not been able to enter college previously because his family is very poor, but he has been supporting himself by working in the afternoons at an internet café.

My Goal: I would like to finish my studies and become a great professional. With that I would complete my first goal. I want to study and succeed as a [contributing] member of society and my family, but I need some support to do so. I would like to study at the IPAE because it is a solid institution in the Amazon region. [After completing my studies] I would like to help others like myself who wish to study but who cannot due to insufficient funds. With that I would complete my second goal. Now I want to congratulate you all [Kuska] for the work you do with young people who wish to study. Thank you for [providing] the help that many need.

Mi Meta: Me gustaría terminar mi carrera y ser un gran profesional y así cumplir mi primera meta, es por eso que quiero estudiar y realizarme como persona en la sociedad y la familia pero necesito el apoyo de una mano. Quisiera estudiar en el IPAE porque es una institución consolidada en la Amazonia; luego me gustaría ayudar a otras personas así como yo quienes quieren estudiar y no pueden por no tener solvencia económica, y así realizado mi segunda meta. Ahora quisiera felicitarles por la labor que hacen con los jóvenes que desean estudiar, gracias por esa mano que necesitamos muchos y porque demuestran que tienen buen corazón.

 

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Melisa,

Applying for: Nursing Technician at IESTP "Reyna de las Americas"

Institution Web Page: IESTP

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 3.0 Years

Start Date:  March 2012

Cost: $65.00/month

Amount Accumulated to Date: 100.0% funded for first semester, 0% funded for second semester

Current Job: None

Previous education: Completed high school

Background: Melisa is a young woman who recently graduated from high school at the top of her class. She has always dreamed of going to college, but, due to a recent tragedy in her family, she now finds herself in a difficult financial position. Several months ago her father was diagnosed with leukemia. As her family has never been able to afford private health insurance, they are now using all of their resources to pay for expensive cancer treatments. Although this is a heart-breaking situation, the silver lining is that Melisa has decided that she wants to study nursing, a much-needed profession in Iquitos.

My Goal: I would like to continue to develop myself professionally and thus be able to help my parents and not disappoint them. My father is sick with acute leukemia, and I would like to help others since I can't help him. In [the future] I would like to form my own NGO to help out, as you all have done with me, as a way to say "thank you."

Mi Meta: Bueno me encanta seguir superándome profesionalmente y de esa forma poder ayudar a mis padres y no defraudarlos. Puesto que mi papa esta enfermo con una leucemia aguda y me gustaría poder apoyar a otras personas ya que no puede apoyarlo a él y de esa forma poder formar mi propia ONG para apoyar como lo hicieron conmigo en forma de un agradecimiento.

 

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Kenny,

Applying for: Masters degree in Environmental Development

Institution Web Page: UNAP Graduate School

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 2.0 years

Start Date:  February 2012

Cost: $108.00/month

Amount Accumulated to Date: 100% funded for 1st semester and 80.0% funded for 2nd semester

Current Job: None, recently finished Biology bachelors degree

Previous education: Completed high school and college (Biology BS)

Background: Kenny recently defended his thesis for a Bachelors degree in Biology from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP), which is the hardest university to get into in Iquitos. He is proud to be able to say that he finished second in his class. As the next phase in his studies, he would like to enroll in UNAP's Graduate School, to pursue a Master's degree in Ecology. His primary interest is sustainable development and conservation of the environment, which is a fitting theme considering that he lives in the heart of the Amazon jungle. A Master's degree is much more expensive than a Bachelor's degree from UNAP, and thus we have brought him into the Kuska fold to help Kenny achieve his dream!

My Goal: Having completed my university studies, [the next step] of my training is important because it is the specialization of my professional career. [I would like to] pursue a master's degree in ecology and sustainable development in order to meet the challenges posed by everything related to the environment, especially considering the [ecologic] changes that are taking place around the globe. [I would like to pursue this degree] in order to [develop the skills necessary] to find creative and innovative solutions that would promote sustainable eco-development in the Amazon region. [These skills would allow me to] make decisions based on practice/fieldwork while promoting the use of natural resources in an environmentally-friendly fashion. After completing my Masters degree, [I would like to] apply the knowledge I will have acquired from working in the Amazon, thereby extending my goals to new horizons and continuing to learn about my field.

Mi Meta: Habiendo culminado mis estudios universitarios y como parte de mi formación profesional es debido e importante la especialización de la carrera profesional, por lo cual la necesidad de estudiar la maestría en ecología y desarrollo sostenible con la finalidad de afrontar los retos que generan todo lo relacionado al medio ambiente, acorde con los cambios que se van dando en el mundo globalizado. A fin de presentar alternativas de solución creativas e innovadoras, fomentando el eco-desarrollo sostenible amazónico, tomando decisiones en la practica y al mismo tiempo promover el uso de los recursos naturales y del medio ambiente de manera ecológica. Al termino de la maestría, aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos en la amazonia. Ampliar mis metas hacia nuevos horizontes y continuar especializándome.

 

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Miguel,

Applying for:Technical degree in Industrial Electricity at Servicio Nacional de Adiestramiento en Trabajo Industrial (SENATI)

Institution Web Page: SENATI

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 2.5 years

Start Date: 07 February 2011

Cost: $74.00/month

Amount Accumulated to Date: 100% funded for the Pre-SENATI course, and 15% funded for his first semester (total cost of 1st semester = $132.64)!

Current Job: Welder

Previous education: Completed high school.

Background: When we met Miguel he was taking classes in soldering and working in a mechanic shop in order to make a living and help feed his parents and his young brothers. He had been trying to find a way to make ends meet so he could study Industrial Electricity at SENATI. Now, with Kuska's help, he is almost halfway through the Industrial Electricity courses! Recently he was offered a well-paying job that would have required him to move away, but he declined the offer because he wants to finish his studies first!

My Goal: I have many professional goals. The reason I want to study is to be useful to society and to be able to help my younger siblings to become professionals and useful to society as well. I would like to study at SENATI. After finishing my studies I would like work at an electricity company. 

Mi Meta: Mis metas son muchas profesionalmente. El motivo por el que deseo estudiar es para ser útil a la sociedad y así poder ayudar a mis hermanos más pequeños y ayudarlos para que sean profesionales y útiles en esta sociedad. Quisiera poder estudiar en el SENATI. Lo que pienso hacer después que culmino mi estudio es trabajar en alguna empresa de electricidad. 

 

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Bianca,

Applying for: Marketing and Administration at IPAE

Institution Web Page: IPAE

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 4.0 years

Start Date:  September 2012

Graduation Date:  August 2016

Amount Accumulated to Date: Graduated!

Current Job: Receptionist

Previous education: Completed high school, some college (civil engineering but had to drop out for financial reasons)

Background: Bianca currently works as a receptionist in Iquitos. She is a very hard worker, as she is a single mom who must provide for her young daughter. She initially went to college to major in Civil Engineering, but she was forced to drop out due to the financial strain on her family. After working in banks for several years, she is now very interested in Marketing and Business Administration. She would like to enroll in classes at IPAE, the most prestigious business school in Iquitos.

My Goal: My goal is to finish my studies in order to be able to function as [a professional]. [Eventually] I would also like to pursue a Masters degree in Marketing and Finance. The reason why I want to study is to develop my character and my skills [in order to obtain a better job], and thus bring up my daughter and have a good quality of life. After finishing my studies I would like to thank everyone who supported me, work well in a company where I can apply the knowledge from my studies, and [continue to] develop my professional potential.

Mi Meta: Mi meta es poder terminar mis estudios profesionales con la finalidad de poder desenvolverme como tal; estudiar una maestria en Marketing y Finanzas. La razón por lo que quiero estudiar es para desarollar mis actitudes y mis habilidades y de esa forma sacar adelante a mi hija y tener una buena calidad de vida. Despues de terminar mis estudios pienso agradecer a todas las personas que me apoyaron, trabajar muy bien en una empresa donde que pueda aportar todo lo estudiado y desarrollar mi potencial profesional.

 

 

 

Odilo,

Currently Studying: Business Administration, at Instituto Peruano de Acción Empresarial (IPAE)

Institution Web Page: IPAE

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 4 years

Start Date: October 2009

Graduation Date: March 2014

Amount Accumulated to Date: Graduated!

Current Job: Runs his own internet cafe

Previous Education: High school graduate, and a technical degree in computation

Background: Odilo was the very first Kuska student! We actually came up with the idea for Kuska after observing the successful relationship between Odilo and his US sponsor. Odilo has completed more than two years of his four-year Business Administration curriculum at IPAE, and during that time he has been very successful, not only at school but outside of school as well. He has put his newly-acquired business skills to use by starting his own internet café!

My Goal: My goal for the future is to be a successful professional, and I want to study Business Administration in order to learn the skills necessary to run a company so that one day I can manage one of my own. I have a dream to complete, and I know that I can achieve it despite that in my community there are not many opportunities. Life is hard, difficult, and sometimes one must even go without food, thus I would like to help other deserving people in my community by providing them with jobs, and encouraging them to work in a dignified and responsible way.

Mi Meta: Mis metas son muchas como por ejemplo terminar mi carrera con éxito en mis promedios y graduarme como un profesional con capacidad de formar empresas solidas y con una vision hacia el futuro, y quiero estudiar Administración de Empresas en el IPAE, por que es reconocido el mejor instituto empresarial del PERU y al culminar mis estudios quiero ser un gran administrador con empresas propias para dar oportunidades a muchas personas necesitadas profesionales, técnicos y no profesionales. Tengo un sueño que quiero cumplir y se que lo lograre quiero crear el mejor instituto de computacion de mi ciudad, con mi empresa quiero fomentar el estudio y la importancia de estar al tanto de la tecnología, ya hice un estudio del mercado y esta al 95% aprobado por la población entonces quiere decir que la empresa a constituirse será un éxito.

 

 

 

Rose Marie,

Applying for: Laboratory Technician at IESTP "Reyna de las Americas" 

Institution Web Page: IESTP

Length of Chosen Curriculum: 3.0 years

Start Date: 04 April 2011

Graduation Date: 20 December 2013

Amount Accumulated to Date: Graduated!

Current Job: sales clerk at a market

Previous education: Completed high school.

Background: Rose Marie is an energetic young woman who grew up in a poor household. When Kuska discovered her, she was working in the central market selling chicken. She had always dreamed about taking classes so that she can one day get a better job and help her family. Currently, with Kuska's help, she is studying to be a laboratory technician. She has just finished one year of the three-year curriculum.

My Goal: My goal is to become someone; I want to study a professional curriculum so that I will feel proud of who I am. I want to study at "Reynas de las Americas" because it is a prestigious institute of good quality. After finishing my studies I would like to find a stable job so that I can continue bettering myself and also so that I can assist my family.

Mi Meta: Superarme y ser alguien en la vida, quiero estudiar para tener una carrera profesional para poder sentirme orgullosa de lo que soy, quiero estudiar en "Reinas de las Américas" porque es un instituto de prestigio y de buena calidad. Después de culminar mis estudios quisiera encontrarme un trabajo estable, para poder seguir superándome mas y ayudar a mi familia.

 

 

 
 
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