Adopta Una Familia, Inc

AUF’s Educational Scholarship/Tutoring Program:
Creación de alumnos sin fronteras

About Our Program

Creación de alumnos sin fronteras (CASF) is AUF’s educational scholarship/tutoring program. The CASF program currently sponsors 45 k-12 students in Guasmo Sur, Ecuador. Although public education is technically free in Ecuador, there are still costs associated with schooling that are difficult for families to manage, such as uniforms, textbooks, school materials, and matriculation fees. Furthermore, we encourage our students to attend local private/parochial schools, which are better funded and more regularly staffed than public schools.

Our tutoring/enrichment program has a monthly “thematic” curriculum designed to enhance what students are learning in their schools, with special emphasis placed on the areas that receive little or no focus in the public system, such as the arts and sciences, geography, and health.  Our Director of Education, Angelica Montaño Reyes, works with a team of three teachers from the community (Kristel Noboa, Alvaro Paja, and Daniel Lucio) who are participating in a work-study program. Angelica, Alvaro, and Daniel are CASF alumni.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our students, a full-year scholarship costs $450, while a half-year scholarship costs $225. All of our CASF students required to attend our biweekly tutoring/enrichment program and to maintain a “C” average in all of their classes.

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Program History

In 2003, two high school students participating in AUF’s summer building project expressed concern when they learned that many of the children they met during their stay in Guasmo Sur were not attending school regularly. They learned that many families could not afford the cost of education in Ecuador. Their new friends explained that students often took turns attending school each year. As a result, some of the young adults they met that should have been in their final year of high school were still in elementary school! The high school volunteers decided to act. That fall, they started a club at their local high school called Students for Students.

In its first year, Students for Students raised enough money for 10 scholarships. In 2007, AUF had the pleasure of celebrating the high school graduation of the first five students who had been sponsored by the grant program. That same year, AUF expanded the scholarship program by adding the tutoring/enrichment program component. The tutoring/enrichment program was designed and implemented by Abby Smith, a long term participant of AUF’s building project. The mission was to help the scholarship recipients develop a deeper love for learning and support them with their studies. This program, which came to be known as Creación de alumnos sin fronteras (CASF), has been based out of Mi Cometa, the neighborhood community center, since its inception.

CASF has also boosted a number of North American summer interns. If you are a college student and would like to know more about our internship opportunity,
please take a look at our intern application. The deadline to apply for the 2019 Summer Internship is November 15, 2018.

Welcome to Our New Students!

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“My name is Douglas Alexander Sánchez Moreno. I am 8 years old but in two weeks I will be 9! I am in elementary school. My favorite subjects are science and gym because I love playing sports. I live with my parents. I am the oldest of my siblings.  My younger brother’s name is Elkin and he is 7 years old and my other brother’s name is Dominic. He is 4 years old. We all go to the same elementary school. In my free time I like to watch TV with my brothers but I also really like playing sports, riding my bike, and playing soccer. When I am not playing sports, I like to draw and paint.  In school my teachers say I am doing very well and I got good grades this semester. When I grow up I would like to join the military because it is an exciting job where I can help the people of my country. I love animals, too. I have a cat named Pelusa and a dog called Pillin. Our cat is over a year old and the puppy is only 6 months. My brothers and I rescued them from the streets with the help of our parents.  Going out with my family is my favorite thing to do.”

Douglas still needs a half scholarship!
Sponsor Douglas!

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“My name is Jandry Alexander Miranda Cedeño and I am 11 years old. I am in elementary school and my favorite subjects are language arts and literature. I like learning how to play the guitar and playing soccer. I would also like to sing in a mariachi band someday. When I grow up I want to be a veterinarian because I would like to save and protect animals. I do not want to leave a single animal abandoned in the street - not dogs, cats, or rabbits! I love to read the Bible and books by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I also like to go to the movies with my parents and sister who is named Génesis.

Jandry still needs a full scholarship!

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“My name is Karolay Saray Macias Montaño. I am 14 years old and I am in high school. My favorite subjects are language arts and English. I like to play soccer and dance with my friends and cousins. My favorite color is fuchsia. I live with my mom Johanna, my brothers Tyrone and Erik, my nephew Dostyn, my sister-in-law Gabriela, and my dog, Brando. I want to graduate and continue my studies so that I can have a great career.”

Karolay still needs a full scholarship!

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“My name is Karina Elizabeth Jairala Aguilera. I am 16 years old and I live with my mom and dad. I am in high school. I like to spend my free time with my family and friends, practice sports, and do my homework. My dream is to complete the goals that I set for myself and to make my family proud of me.”

Karina still needs a full scholarship!

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“My name is Dayanna Jamilet Lavayen Severino. My first word was “dad” and I learned to walk when I was 14 months old. I am an only child. I went to primary school at Valdivia Public School, and this period of my life was very productive because I met teachers who taught me and helped me grow. I had my appendix removed when I was 8 or 9 years old. I’m currently in the 10th grade at a local public high school. I started wearing glasses when I was 10 years and I will need to use them for the rest of my life. I was in a speech club which I really liked because of everything I learned. I do well in school and have always kept up with all of my work thanks to my determination and help from my mom. I am currently living with my grandparents, mom, cousin, and aunt. I am 13 years old and will turn 14 in June. I am a social girl and my favorite television shows are 13 Reasons Why, Scream, and many others. I am a Justin Bieber super fan and I love all of his songs. I love to chat and don’t like soccer that much but I play when I’m bored. I’m a risk taker and I love heights and going fast!”

Dayanna still needs a full scholarship!

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“My name is Gabriela Anahí Yaucán Gaspar .I am 11 years old. I go to high school and I like to play the trumpet and the bass. I like to play with my dog Misha. I live with my mom, Katty, and my dad, Jimmy. I have three sisters. Kelly studies at university and teaches swimming lessons, Arianna studies at a dance academy and works at the community music school, and Doménica is learning saxophone and is a teacher at the music school. I’ve spent two years as a student with Clave de Sur (the music school), where I’ve learned many things including playing and practicing the trumpet and the bass. After I’ve achieved a high level of study in my instruments, I’d like to teach classes at the music school for young people because I’ve had the opportunity to learn something as special and different as music. When I finish high school I’d like to study to become a veterinarian.”

Gabriela still needs a full scholarship!

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“My name is Jair Israel Noboa Mera and I am 7 years old. I like to play with my cousin Sebastian and my friends from school. I am in first grade and my favorite subjects are math and natural sciences. I love to learn so much. I live with my mother Ericka, my little brother Dante, and my brother’s father.”

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“My name is Thais Figueroa and I am 8 years old. I am in elementary school. My favorite classes are social studies and English. I like to study, teach, watch TV, play, write music, listen to my favorite songs. I also like to sing. When I grow up I want to be a singer and a professor because I would be able to help many people by teaching. I like to go to the park with my parents and watch movies. I love animals! I have a cat and two dogs named Sheiko and Candy. My cat’s name is Minina.”

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“My name is Joselyn Anahy Dañin Mientes and I am 11 years old. I am in elementary school and my favorite subjects are math and language arts. I like to play soccer with my cousins and to exercise. When I grow up I want to be a math teacher because I like to teach little kids. I also like to help my mom clean up and take care of the house. I like to dance, act, and go out with my family to explore beautiful places. In my free time I dance and watch TV. I am a very charismatic, spontaneous girl. I have a lot of friends. I have three sisters and live with them and my mother.”

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“My name is Génesis Alejandra Guachambo Ubilla and I am 10 years old. I am in elementary school. My favorite classes are math and science. I enjoy reading, playing soccer, crafts, and sports. What I want in my future is to be a pediatrician to help sick children and to help take care of my family. I like music, dancing, and acting. I like to hang out with my whole family a lot. In my free time, I like to read books and knit. I am an outgoing person and likes to be a leader because I hate to see social injustice! It is also very important to me to try my best to follow the scriptures of the Bible.”

Other Initiatives

Our Book Drive

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We would like to grow CASF’s small library collection! Help us fill the shelves! Our book drive is ongoing! All books will be shipped directly to Christine Olt, Education Committee Chair for AUF, Inc., and will be hand delivered to Ecuador on our next trip.

Our registry includes suggested titles but we will gladly accept any new or gently used Spanish or bilingual (Spanish/English) books appropriate for k-12 students. Donations that are purchased off-registry can be mailed to:

AUF, Inc.
136 Whiting Lane
West Hartford, CT 06119

2017 Educational Mission to Ecuador

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In 2017, AUF hosted its first Education Mission to Ecuador. North American volunteers spent a week in Guasmo Sur volunteering directly with students in the CASF program. They also completed a remodeling project, painting the classroom’s signature turquoise walls a fresh new vibrant orange. The week culminated with a gran fiesta where CASF students, teachers, alumni, family, and volunteers celebrated our tutoring program’s 10th anniversary. Our second Education Mission to Ecuador will run from August 1-12, 2019. Register to join before December 15, 2018!
CASF 2019 Project Brochure

How Can You Help?

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