Frequently Asked Questions
Why educate women?
Studies have shown educating women helps a community prosper. Better educated women are healthier, have higher incomes, marry at a later date and in turn their children are better educated and healthier. Collectively educated women create healthier communities. (smartereducation.worldbank.org).
The opportunities are few for women in Bolivia. It is one of the poorest countries in South America and poverty is one of the key factors in whether a girl goes to school. Although tuition at public universities is free it is still difficult for girls from poor families to go to school. As families often are just able to cover basic living expenses they do not have the funds to pay for post-secondary training or educational programs for their daughter. In addition, Bolivia has few if any scholarships for post-secondary education.
Who are the girls that receive scholarships?
All girls are high school graduates of the public school in Tarata, Bolivia. All courses of study qualify for a scholarship, from going to a university, to attending a technical college or committing to an apprenticeship. Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria: leadership qualities, clear professional and educational goals, high possibility of achieving goals and financial need.
Where is Tarata?
Tarata is a town of about 8000 people and has several small villages surrounding it. Most of the people are indigenous with their first language being Quechua. It is a 45 minutes by minibus from Cochabamba. Cochbamba is a city of over 500,000 people and is where most of the scholarship recipients go to school.
How is the money used?
Your generous donations are used to pay for any educational expense incurred by the girls. Each scholarship recipient receives money based on her particular needs. We have paid for books, computers, supplies such as latex gloves used in clinical labs, uniforms, bus transportation to and from school, room and board expenses to give a few examples. To assure accountability girls are turn in transcripts of grades as well as receipts of their expenditures.
How do you pronounce the name of this organization, Sayariy Warmi?
It’s ‘sighyaree warmmee’. It is a phrase in the Quechua language that translates to ‘Rise Up Women.’ Refer to us as that, it means the same thing!
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