Program Updates

Video interviews: Alicia Lucasi & Ruben Hilare on their year-long US internships & how they'll apply that learning in Bolivia

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On July 1, 2009, Ruben Hilare and Alicia Lucasi took time out from their other activities at the 2009 FGC Gathering in Blacksburg, Virginia, to talk about their 2008-09 internships at Oakwood School (Ruben) and Carolina Friends School (Alicia), their BQEF scholarships, and how BQEF has made a difference in their lives. Alicia and Ruben are now back in Bolivia, working on ways to use their internship experiences to improve education among Bolivian Quakers. All who met Ruben and Alicia during their internship year know what wonderful ambassadors they were!

Emma's attending Earlham!

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Emma 2009

Dear Friends,

Emma Condori, former scholarship student, English teacher at Colegio Emmanuel, English program coordinator,  volunteer coordinator of volunteers in Bolivia, editorial board member of QUIP's Quaker Youth Book Project, FWCC-trained translator, and willing office assistant to Bernabe (I'm quite likely leaving something out here - did we mention she's also served on BQE-Bo's scholarship committee?), has been awarded a full 3-year international student scholarship to Earlham School of Religion's Masters of Divinity program.

Spring Newsletter: Thriving Internado, Altiplano Computers & Connections, Scholarships not Servitude, Interns, AVP in 3 cities

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Internado fathers who walked and ran 6 hours in the pre-dawn rain
A permanent Home and a New Garden:
The Internado property is now ours - free and clear!! The seller traveled from Lima for the day even though his agent could have signed for him, because he is delighted with the new use the property will have.

Internado staff and students are working their new vegetable garden - on land loaned by a local supporter who also volunteers tutoring - so they can grow more of their own food and help keep costs down. (Food prices are rising rapidly in Bolivian due to widespread inflation.)

Alicia @ SEYM: "Help Increase the Peace Project" classes, Worship Sharing, impressive resolutions

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SEYM Friends at lunch April 2009

I attended Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s annual Business Meeting, held at the Life Enrichment Center  in Fruitland Park, Florida in April 2009. I was blessed in many ways. I got more information about Quakers in the U.S.  I met many friends from Florida and other states. I spent my breakfast, lunch, dinner and break time with them, telling them about the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, my life, Quaker schools, Quaker meetings, etc.

Ruben's Reflections; Joy, Respect, & Gratitude; English Pgm Engenders Cooperation; Hunkering Down; Internado: vacations, YM

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I cannot believe that I am in America; it is like in a dream and in the films. I believe that God is amazing,
friendly - and U.S. Friends are, too. In the last AVP workshop, I chose Realized Ruben as my positive adjective
name. (“Realizar” in Spanish means to fulfill or carry out/bring into being.) I feel realized thanks to God and thanks to YOU.
I think Americans...

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Visit to Selma - Alicia 10-26-08

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I went with 11 students and  professor Susan K. to Selma,  Alabama, a journey and an unforgettable experience. Selma is a historic town: in 1965 a march for 5 days began from Selma to Alabama's capital, calling for respect of their rights and succeeded with the African-Americans liberation(?) Dr. Martin Luther King. We visited the... Museums and Libraries, known to Mrs. Afriye We-kandodis, who is a very special friend to me. I talk with her alot, always follow her advice. We all rested at her home, a very nice lady who gave us her entire home for 4 days...

Emma's English Classes report, September 2008

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The English Program Teachers:     Three teachers participate in the BQEF English Program - Elena Torrez, Margarita Coaquira, and Elizabeth Lucero. We meet once a month to share and discuss how the English classes are going at the three Quaker Schools. Teacher Elena usually has a lot to share about her classes at Los Amigos Quaker High School. She is in charge of all 12 English classes weekly, which is a very demanding and interesting work for her. In each class of the four secondary levels (9th through 12th grades,) she has over twenty-five students. She holds these classes at the English lab which was installed BQEF's help.

Bolivian Quaker Interns Arrive in the U.S., September 2008

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Wonderful News!

By the time you read this, Alicia Lucasi and Rubén Hilari, two young Bolivian Quaker teachers, will be on their way to the US for face-to-face interaction with US Friends and with Quaker education in the US.

Great News!! New Home for the Internado! March 2007

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Internado Entrance - from the courtyard

This has been an extraordinary month for the Internado.  School started in February with the Internado in the same location as last year, and enrollment up from eleven to eighteen.  A good beginning, indeed, in spite of the site being temporary.  A building was located that promised better control of comings and goings and more solid structure, but it seemed a distant prospect.  Within just three weeks, however, all the arrangements have been made and the Internado will move (piece by piece) this weekend, March 30-31.  WOW !!  There is now a permanent place for the young students (mostly Quakers) who otherwise would have to walk one to two hours each way to attend middle school or high school.

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