Share International established a scholarship program in 2022 as a pilot program to support selected Indigenous students from the Region of Ucayali in the Peruvian Amazon in order for them to complete degrees in higher education. We receive funding from a small group of individuals and charitable organizations, and partner with the Indigenous Federation for the Upper Inuya and Mapuya Rivers (FIARIM) in Peru.
We are all working together to balance support for higher education while emphasizing the value of Indigenous heritage, culture and traditional forms of knowledge. We work with students and leaders to adapt the program to the needs and priorities of the students, their communities. and Indigenous organizations. This allows us to work closely with them as we adapt the program based on mutual listening, learning and respect, as well as more than 14 years of collaboration and engagement
Our goal has been to focus on a small number of students who are highly motivated and open about their situations and needs. While our scholarship program is not designed exclusively for women, a significant portion of our funding is designated for women and we are working to identify specific steps that will facilitate an increase in the number of girls who complete secondary school and have support to pursue higher education.
In 2022 the scholarship program supported 7 students (4 men 3 women). We are proud that all 7 students from 2022 returned to continue their studies in 2023.
Seven students attended post-secondary educational institutions in the city of Atalaya located in Region of Ucayali in the central Peruvian Amazon. Two of the students study intercultural bilingual education at the University of UCSS-Nopoki and five study a variety of subjects (civil engineering, agriculture/animal husbandry and administration) at the Technical Institute in Atalaya. There is also one woman who was inspired by her daughter to enroll in night classes to complete her High School degree.
For 2023 we supported 3 additional students, one at the university and two at the technical institute. One is completing her studies in Intercultural bilingual education at the University and two are studying nursing at the technical Institute in Atalaya..
At the end of 2023 four students graduated.
One from Secondary School (High School)
Two from the Technical Institute.
One from University.
The scholarship program covers tuition and fees, provides a stipend to cover expenses related to their studies, as well as individual tablets with essential accessories including memory sticks, keyboard, headphones, essential software, etc.. In addition we provide additional support for required internships and activities related to their specific programs of study.
We are working with leaders of the Federation of Indigenous Women for the Province of Atalaya (Federación de Mujeres Indígenas de la Provincia de Atalaya – FEMIPA) to support health, education and capacity building. FEMIPA represents women and children in indigenous communities in and around the city of Atalaya located at the confluence of the Tambo and Urubamba Rivers in the Central Peruvian Amazon.
Our primary partner on the Inuya River is the Indigenous Federation for the Upper Inuya and Mapuya Rivers (FIARIM), which represents the indigenous communities in those locations with the aim of elevating the voices of these communities at the regional, national and international levels.
On the Purus River, we work with a variety of partners, including Indigenous leaders, bilingual teachers, representatives of national parks service and other NGOs.