Congratulations to Viviana Hernandez for outstanding grades in the first term of her Masters course in Public Health at Los Andes University in Bogota.
One of Fénix first members, Viviana was abandoned by her mother at 9. Her youth was spent in a child care home. She studied medicine by working very hard for scholarships and thanks to help from generous sponsors. She applied for fee support offered by Los Andes, but as a qualified doctor apparently is not eligible for a scholarship on hardship grounds
Children of Colombia is very proud to be helping this young Colombian doctor study for a postgraduate degree that will qualify her for posts in health research and policy where she can make a difference to the quality of care for other vulnerable young people.
Here is a brief report from Fenix about Viviana and some of the other girls who are benefiting from the charity's care and support - congratulations to them all!
"We have just received copies of Viviana's first mid-term grades for Data Analysis, Epidemiology & Demography and Health Systems, with an average of 92%. She appears to be substantially ahead of the rest of the other Master's students, whose overall average was only 68%. We are all immensely grateful to the people who are so generously supporting her and making this possible.
Paola formally graduated in Social Work ten days ago and continues running two projects in the YMCA/ACJ vulnerable youth and children programme.
Disney is in her ante-penultimate semester of Social Work, doing her professional practice rotation with an organization of women victims of sexual violence in the Colombian armed conflict, and has been asked her to work full time with them (after graduation).
Angélica is in her second semester of pre-school care training, and doing her practice rotation under Paola in the YMCA/ACJ children's programme.
Zarina hopes to start her postgraduate specialization in health-care management next semester.
Others continue through their high school and technical courses and every Saturday 6 to 8 come for English and maths tutoring, workshops on sexual and reproductive health and rights, counselling . . and of course group lunch."