Two weeks ago, we launched part two of our campaign, 'Sending Escarlet to College'! Our first campaign, which concluded last month, successfully raised the initial $5000 of Escarlet's tuition, allowing her to begin her studies at Lewis and Clark State College in Idaho in January 2016. However, in order for Escarlet to complete her first semester, we are still in need of $7000. Please help Escarlet, and all of us at Performing Life/Fundacion EnseñARTE, make this a reality by donating and sharing today!
Donations can be made, and more information about Escarlet's story can be found, by following the link below:
Hello, my name is Escarlet Karina Coca Ardaya and I am asking for your help to pay for my college education at Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Last month, we successfully completed a campaign to raise the first $5000 of my first semester's tuition. These funds allow me to begin my studies this January. However, in order to be able to complete my first semester, am still in need of $7000. Thank you for your continued (or new) support in making my dream of a college education a reality!
Since I was a little girl, I have been advocating for working rights of children in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Since I was 8 years old, I have been working as a juggler, studying, and participating in programs with the NGO “Performing Life International”. It is common for children to work while attending school here; however, often they do not receive the same compensation as older workers.
When I was 12, I became a national representative for children's working rights in Bolivia. With this title, I traveled to a Latin American conference in Colombia in 2012 as Bolivia's National Representative. Later in 2014, I met President Evo Morales and helped pass a law to protect child laborers against discrimination and exploitation. Due to my efforts and that of the other representatives, children ages 10 and up are now legally protected by Bolivian law; however, there is still more work to be done.
In order to see the type of change I want to see in my country and in the world, a college degree from the United States holds more weight and takes less time to obtain than in Bolivia. I want to go to a university in the Unites States because I want to improve my life, my family's life, and the lives of children everywhere.
I live in a house with my 7 other siblings, my parents and 2 nephews with 3 bedrooms but it wasn't always that way. The reason I started working on the street was because my oldest brother became sick with Leukemia and my family had to sell our home to pay for his 3 years of hospitalization. My family lived in a tent for 8 years and we all worked in the street. Thanks to the micro-finance program of Performing Life, we were able to rebuild our home and have been living there for 4 years and my brother is in remission. From all of the problems my family has faced we have only become stronger. The difference Performing Life made in my life I want to make in the lives of the thousands of children that are living or working on the streets of Cochabamba.
At 16 I worked as a Circus instructor for Performing Life which is why they have been supporting my dream to study in the US through their Scholarship program. Performing Life is helping me to achieve these goals and have been sponsoring my efforts to achieve the dream of studying in the US. So far, I have been accepted to college and recently received my student visa from the Embassy. As a non-profit organization, Performing Life can only do so much, and therefore I need your help.
I have been accepted to study Economics at Lewis and Clark State College in Idaho, and I plan to attend in the Spring of 2016. As an international student from Bolivia, I am not eligible to receive a significant amount of financial aid. I have to pay $12,000 in tuition for the first semester. Once again, thank you for your support in my successful campaign to raise $5000. Please continue to help me achieve my dreams and enhance my life in this new fundraising effort. Every donation makes a difference and with your assistance, I can turn your donation into making a lasting impact for the youth of Bolivia.
Escarlet Karina Coca Ardaya
Performing Life International, Inc. is a United States 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt organization.
Fundación enseñARTE is a registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Bolivia.
Tax-exempt donations may also be made throughHope for the Children Foundation, Inc. in the US andA Little Charitable Trust, registered in New Zealand and the UK.
Or you can reach us in Bolivia:
Calle 2 - #27, Urbanizacion Carlos Peña
Zona Iquircollo – Quillacollo