Rural students in Santander are grateful for the support received from the Green Light program.
Since 2010, the Green Light Program has encouraged students to study hard and to graduate from high school. Some graduates have won scholarships to technical schools or universities. The majority of students are from rural areas where education was not a priority for parents as they were growing up due to poverty and the necessity to work. Facilitators, often mothers, are trained to follow each student's progress and to report results to the program coordinator. They also facilitate community projects that benefit the local community.
Green Light Projects
Green Light has four projects: Academic, Entrepreneurship and Saving, Environmental, and Empowerment.
Academic program Students are selected in primary and are followed to graduation. Criteria for continuing in the program are a 75% mark average and participation in community projects.
Students from Coveñas, Albania, La Guajira.
Students from Regadero, los Santos, Santander
Entrepreneurship and Savings Project This project was developed by the Investing Hope Foundation of Bogotá and run in partnership with them.
Students learn to make a produce, sell it, and to save the money earned.
Adults in the saving groups learn to devise a project, save money and to invest it to complete the project.
Environmental projects Projects include planting bushes on school grounds, collecting reciclables and bottle caps.
Student in Guajira cares for the tree she planted.
Student in Los Santos participates in the bottle cap collection campaign.
Empowerment Project Facilitators and students engage in workshops and practical experience that help them to develop the self confidence needed to contribute as leaders.
Regular workshops and follow-up meetings help facilitators gain self-confidence to be community leaders.
Students engage in a workshop on environmental leadership