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.