URUGUAY, Sarita Ruibal and Maria Fischer •
An Illuminated Rosary was prayed at the Punta del Este wayside shrine on 18 February (report to follow). This time it was offered for the project of student assistance that Sarita Ruibal, a missionary of the Rosary Campaign, coordinates at the Social Ministry of the Diocese of Maldonado to which Punta del Este belongs.
This project is directed toward secondary students that are in critical social conditions, and they are helped through sponsorships upon finishing the secondary cycle (high school). The project began in 2008 with five youths and currently there are forty. They work with a group of professionals: teachers, a psychologist and a social assistant. It is defined to help teens with low economic resources to receive the benefits that are offered according to ability and degree of social vulnerability of the potential beneficiaries.
Very good results have been obtained. The project has legal status, and the funds that are received go into a bank account. Every year the accountants give a financial report, and another report is provided about the teens’ (ages 12-18) academic performance.
Studies are carried out at state secondary schools. The project provides a uniform, shoes, supplies, books, tutoring classes, and follow-up with the psychologist and social assistant for the students as well as their families. Every scholarship is 700 dollars annually, an amount that covers all expenses.
“At present, we have many youths, few scholarships, and there are not enough funds,” Sarita Ruibal commented. “We have beautiful testimonies from several youths. One of the students is practically deaf; he finished secondary school with excellent grades, and this year he is already in the third year of the school of architecture.
Another one was abandoned by his only adult of reference, his mother! And this year, he finished with a grade of 10! (100)
Working with them is a gift of Divine Providence and the Blessed Mother.
The idea is to try to do something to help the project on March 18th. Here classes will begin in March…”
Silvia Sibay, from Tucumán, Argentina, who belongs to the schoenstatt.org team, was at Punta del Este and she participated on 18 February…
Original: Spanish. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Janknegt, Elgin, USA