Sustainable Bolivia recently received a sponsorship from Rotary Munchen Flughafen in Germany to fund 7 university or vocational scholarships for the next four years. The funding allows Sustainable Bolivia to add two scholarship recipients to our five current scholars. One scholarship is to begin in June, and the other scholarship will be awarded in January 2012. During the month of May, we invited the youth from all of our partner organizations to apply for the first scholarship. After receiving several applications and performing interviews with the scholarship applicants, Sustainable Bolivia has chosen Richard Eduardo Barragan Cabrera as the newest scholarship recipient. Richard is 19 years old. He was born in La Paz, Bolivia, but now lives in Cochabamba with his family. Since the age of 13, Richard has attended CAICC, his sponsor organization.

Due to the support Richard has received from CAICC, he graduated from secondary school, and has also become a national and international first place winner in his age and weight category in Judo-JIU JITSU competitions. Currently, Richard teaches judo classes to 6-15 year old children at CAICC, and will continue to do so when he begins his university studies. Richard requested a scholarship in order to study Medicine at San Simon University in Cochabamba.

Sustainable Bolivia believes that Richard has proven his tenacity and his good-will, and we believe that he will be a good candidate, worthy of economic and moral support throughout the duration of his studies. We are very excited to witness and assist in Richard’s success as a university medical student.