Education Abroad

Duggal Big Pictures’s Digital Laboratory at Betania located on the Fundación Chinandega’s campus gives students their first exposure to good computers, modern programs, and broadband Internet. Some of the best students at Betania join the digital class and learn skills that prepare them for the growing need for computer-literate workers and professionals. The students also participate in workshops using digital photography and video in order to expand their abilities and to express themselves creatively.

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In other areas of the campus students take academic classes including Math, Science, and History. The students can also decide to partake in different trade classrooms that focus on sewing, wood working, music, and more to better prepare themselves for their future.

Duggal Big Picture provides scholarships for qualified graduates to the UNAN University in León. The cost of attending university is minuscule by American standards, but few families in Nicaragua can afford such a luxury.

We look forward to expanding the scholarship program, which is an investment in the future of students and their families.

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Miguel Santos Beltrán

Miguel Beltrán graduated from Betania and the digital lab in 2006 and is finishing his second year of university studies at UNAN Léon, on a scholarship funded by DBP.

Miguel’s own story, translated from Spanish:

There wasn’t a school out in the country where we were living, so my parents decided to make a huge change and move to the city. But we didn’t have enough money to register for school because my parents didn’t have any work.

Papá found work as a security guard. Mamá made all sorts of food: tortillas, cheeses and nicaraguan tamales. Then my brothers and I would hit the streets and sell it.

After that we would go to the city dump with some friends and look for wood to burn, or aluminum to sell to smelting companies. In October, the month for honoring the dead, we would go out to clean plots and gravestones, and earn a few cordobas

I was invited to study at BETANIA, a brand new high school. I attended for all five years of high school. I learned so much there: I was in the carpentry shop for three years; for half a year I helped some Italians to decorate churches in Chinandega; I graduated from the digital photography workshop. It’s a difficult process to even get into college here. I studied hard, I qualified, and Fuel for Humanity has supported me with a scholarship. My parents and I can’t thank them enough.

I’d like to do even better in life. I hope I get a good job after college; maybe I’ll be able to travel to the U.S. I’d like to make some money so I can help poor kids who don’t have the opportunities I have.

Darling Karolina Novoa

Darling is in her fourth year at University of Central America in Managua, on a scholarship funded by DBP.

Darling’s story, translated from Spanish:

I lived right next to the huge dump in Chinandega, in a place called Limonal. I went to school at Aldo Dubon, a school for families too poor to pay school fees, founded by Padre Marco. A group of Rotarians from Texas, led by Frank Huezo, purchased land outside the city and built new houses for a group of us. This community is called Santa Matilde. We were able to live in our own homes for the first time; we had our own gardens. My father Felix is the mayor there.

I’m nineteen, and currently in my fourth year at UCA in Managua. I’m studying social communications. I’ve learned to write and edit for radio. Just this year I’ve learned to edit for television. With luck I hope to go to graduate school to study television production, and to work in that field.