4-21-20  |  Sponsorship Success Story

Education truly changes everything

BY: Maria Isabel Sacasa

Throughout our lives, we are given the opportunity to meet people who inspire us; who make us feel blessed to be a part of their lives. At Fabretto, we are proud to say that these opportunities are not few and far between when we talk about the people we serve. One of the greatest joys that come from working at a nonprofit is being able to share the stories of these incredible people who give us great hope for the future.

 

I first met Cesar when he was in his final year of secondary school. He had just been assigned a new child sponsor and he was meeting her for the first time during a Friends of Fabretto trip to his hometown of San Jose de Cusmapa. I was immediately struck by his kindness and humble spirit. The young man quickly won the hearts of everyone on the trip as he led the tour of the education center in English, a language he was learning through the US-Embassy-sponsored English Access program. His sponsor beamed with pride and joy as Cesar proceeded to serenade her in English, something he planned entirely on his own.

Little did Cesar know that this was only the beginning of a long journey of hope through education. After graduating from secondary school, Cesar’s dream of going to college became a reality when his sponsor generously agreed to fund his university studies. He decided to major in Sustainable Tourism so that he could support the development of the beautiful town of Cusmapa. During his second year of college, Cesar was invited to be the key speaker at Fabretto’s NYC Night for Niños, where he gave speech that won him a standing ovation. Today, he was finally completed his university studies and his future has never looked brighter. The 22-year-old has now been accepted into a Masters program at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has even been granted a scholarship to study Rural Development Planning & Sustainable Management.

Cesar has agreed to share an email he sent to Kevin Marinacci, our CEO to thank him for the opportunities he has been granted through Fabretto.

In Cesar’s own words:

“Yesterday, I officially finished my university studies with the final defense of my thesis, for which I obtained a grade of 99/100. Thanks to God and the Virgin Mary, I have officially become a Bachelor of Sustainable Tourism. I want to thank you personally for your unconditional support in helping me achieve this goal. I also want to thank you for all the great work you do for the Fabretto Foundation, looking out for those most in need and helping them fulfill their dreams, as is my case today.

Thanks to Fabretto, I have fulfilled the dream that I longed for so much since I was a child. I still remember when I was 5 years old and I came to the Fabretto Foundation. They taught me great values ​​that today have allowed me to be a person of good, but above all they taught me that with education, I can change the world. Today at 22 years of age, I can attest that it is possible. Fabretto will always be a part of me wherever I go and I will never forget that thanks to Fabretto, I managed to finish university and all the training I received throughout these years.

Thank you, Kevin, for allowing me to travel to the United States and give my testimony of how the foundation has impacted my life as well as thousands of people. Wherever I go, anywhere in this world I will never tire of giving testimony of the great work that the foundation does and how it helped me to get ahead in life.

My greatest gift is to have Maureen as my sponsor. She is an Angel with a huge heart. One of the rewards I can give you is my excellent grades.

Thank you, Kevin, for inspiring me to fight for social welfare, after your example. I will work on developing projects that help improve living conditions for the inhabitants of my Cusmapa, especially through tourism. Know that you can count on me always, as I would like to repay all the good that has been given to me through the foundation.

Blessings and best wishes to you and your family!”

If one thing is certain, it is that education can change lives. You can be a part of that change by sponsoring a child and giving them a chance to dream of a better future. 

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