UB Acker Scholar Uses Her Winter Abroad Experience in Mexico as an Opportunity to Fund Educational Scholarships for Child Street Vendors

Posted by CPMC Staff on February 27, 2014 in Student Highlights

Senior UB Acker Scholar, Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez, participated in UB’s winter 2014 Study Abroad program in Mexico during her break from classes. What she thought would be a relaxing journey from the chilly Western New York weather turned out to be a life changing opportunity for her to help fund scholarships that would send several children, who were working on the streets of Mexico, to a local school for the entire academic year. “One of the trips we took to an organization that works with street children touched my heart, and from there, I sought financial support from friends back home and acquaintances at school.”

Christine was able to fully fund two scholarships to support child street vendors. These children of street vendors worked full days alongside their parents, selling various items to tourists.

Christine worked with the “El Sistema Municipal para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia de Cuernavaca” organization to help fund these children to return to school and gain an education. This government run organization was created by the First Lady to assist with the development of family integration in Mexico. Upon her return to campus this spring Christine hopes to help encourage her fellow UB student peers to surpass expectations by thinking creatively when studying abroad.

Christine winter2Featured on DIF Cuernavaca’s front page: http://lnkd.in/dbYhgNZ

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