"I received a scholarship to finish my last year of secondary school. After I graduated, I started working at a daycare center in my community. I worked for two years without studying so I could save money to begin at the university. But, the money I saved still wasn’t enough to cover all the costs. Then The Tandana Foundation offered me the great opportunity to have help with my university studies. They trusted in my ability and in my dreams, and because of this I will keep studying with so much dedication, effort, and lots of enthusiasm.”
Tandana offers rural Ecuadorian students funding for uniforms, books, supplies, transportation, and other costs so that they can continue their secondary and higher education. We have systematized our application and reporting procedures to ensure that we give fair treatment to all students, and that all scholarship recipients maintain their eligibility (particularly concerning grades). We support almost 100 high school students.
Our university students are studying accounting, tourism, medicine, clothing design, mechanics, business adminstration, and other subjects so that they can become professionals who contribute their skills to their communities and society. In exchange for Tandana's support, university scholarship recipients engage in community service to share their new skill and knowledge for the betterment of their communities. And to help university to become a reality for more Ecuadorian youth, Tandana is launching its own prep course for university entrance exams to combat the exorbitant cost of private courses.
Our scholarship students in Ecuador often have a difficult transition from their small, rural elementary schools to their large secondary schools in the city. They have asked us to offer summer classes to help them with their most challenging subjects, English and math. Each summer, we offer five weeks of free classes in these subjects and others to about 60 students, including both scholarship recipients and others in the surrounding communities. Local teachers instruct in math, while our summer interns teach English and other subjects such as geography, art, history, and health. Sometimes our university scholarship students teach as well. To add to the educational experience, we take the students on field trips and arrange small service projects for them to participate in. The classes help reinforce their skills, catch up on concepts they missed in school, and prepare them to succeed in the upcoming academic year. In 2020 we held our first-ever virtual summer course with great results!
For about $300, you can make it possible for an Ecuadorian student to attend secondary school for one year. For about $1400, you can make it possible for a student to attend university for one year. If you would help a scholar continue studying, please contact us or make a donation.
Celebrating 15 Years of Intercultural Friendship: The Opportunity of Education
In recognition of The Tandana Foundation’s 15th anniversary, we are creating 15 videos featuring cherished members of the organization’s global family. Published in a series of 15 posts on this blog, these videos will highlight key aspects of Tandana’s philosophy, community partnerships, and impactful work that has been done, along with projects still in progress. … Continue reading "Celebrating 15 Years of Intercultural Friendship: The Opportunity of Education"
A scholarship student successfully tackles a challenging semester of remote learning
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schooling in Ecuador switched to virtual formats. Students like Amauta Condorazo Quilumbango Espinosa, a Tandana Foundation scholarship recipient, had to adapt to this new way of learning. In the following letter, Amauta describes a recent semester at his university, including the courses he took and how he took advantage of … Continue reading "A scholarship student successfully tackles a challenging semester of remote learning"
A strong family committed to higher education and changing lives
When their youngest son, David, was five, the Cachimuel family moved to the Cotama indigenous community just outside of Otavalo. He played baseball and soccer with friends and swam in the nearby river. The river – at that time crystal clear, but now seriously polluted by a factory – flows out of San Pablo Lake … Continue reading "A strong family committed to higher education and changing lives"
The following letter was written by Segundo Remache, a recent college graduate who received a scholarship from The Tandana Foundation. In the letter, he shares his thanks for the support he received, the important research he did as part of his thesis, and what he is able to do now after graduation. Since he wrote … Continue reading "A dream come true through education"
Building community through music and public service
Time spent in the Andes always brings home to the traveler the importance that traditional music enjoys there. In indigenous homes and communities, making music together and dancing is thought of as completely natural, with everyone participating at their own level of skill. Neither praise nor criticism is handed out for what is thought of … Continue reading "Building community through music and public service"
I learn to become more human while working to benefit others
My name is Veronica Pazmiño and, for around five years, I’ve been in charge of the scholarship program for The Tandana Foundation. Tandana for me is an opportunity, because I’m not just working with students, also, I’m supporting families, communities, and creating strong relationship with communities around Quichinche Parish in Ecuador. Español Français Every day … Continue reading "I learn to become more human while working to benefit others"
This scholarship student is already achieving great accomplishments while still in school
Ahyni Shayarina Oyagata Torres is a hard-worker, president of her school’s student council, and the recipient of a Tandana scholarship. In the following letter, she shares her story and how the scholarship has impacted the lives of herself and her family. English Français Este estudiante becado ya está logrando grandes logros mientras sigue estudiando Ahyni … Continue reading "This scholarship student is already achieving great accomplishments while still in school"
A scholarship student motivated to create a better world
Sisa Lissbeth Panamá Mármol is an ambitious student, pursuing a difficult major in mechanical engineering with a scholarship from The Tandana Foundation. She has likewise challenging long-term goals for herself – to combat the destruction of the environment. In the following letter, Sisa shares her story and thanks the Tandana donors who provided her with … Continue reading "A scholarship student motivated to create a better world"
Showing her children what can be accomplished through education
University student Maria Cecilia Morales Tamayo has sought to set an example for her daughters on what can be accomplished when you have a goal in mind and the importance of education. In the letter below, Cecilia expressess her thanks to The Tandana Foundation sponsors who helped her continue her studies and complete her accounting … Continue reading "Showing her children what can be accomplished through education"
Finishing high school is important, but the fees associated with attending school are hard for many families in rural highland Ecuador to afford. Thanks to a scholarship from The Tandana Foundation, Jefferson Adrián Quilumbango Marcillo will be able to graduate. He explains the many things he believes education makes possible in the following. English Français Muchas razones … Continue reading "Many reasons to finish school"