Carmen Pampa Fund’s annual La Fiesta de Ayni was a success on many levels, according to CPF Executive Director Hugh Smeltekop. “La Fiesta is always an important way for those of us who support the College from afar to come together and celebrate. It’s also a great way for us to share exciting news that is happening at the College in Carmen Pampa.”
This year’s event included the special announcement that the College has been pre-approved for a $750,000 grant from the Inter-American Development Bank. The grant, which requires CPF to help secure matching funds, includes the establishment of a business institute at the College to promote entrepreneurship in Bolivia’s rural area.
Father Tom “Garv” Garvey, a long-time friend and donor to CPF, was recognized for his commitment to higher education in Bolivia. Donors to the “Give to the Garv” campaign received special recognition during the event. CPF showed a video featuring Father Garvey that is available for viewing online. (Click here to view video.)
UAC-CP Education student Berenice Vega who is currently working as a teacher intern at Adams Spanish Immersion School in St. Paul shared some words about her personal experience at the College. On behalf of her classmates and professors and UAC-CP staff, she expressed her gratitude to all the people who make higher education a reality for the students in Carmen Pampa.
“Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us,” Smeltekop said. “With your help, we raised nearly $20,000 for general operating support at the College.” General operating support, Smeltekop explained, helps to pay for staff salaries, utilities, Internet, and general maintenance.
Photos of the event are available for public viewing on Camren Pampa Fund’s Facebook page.