By Eduardo Lux, Coordinator, Cadaniño Santa Fe
Selvin is a 12-year-old boy who lives with his parents, Sandra & Carlos, and his brothers, Carlos, 8 years and Eleazar 5 years old.
Selvin has been in the program for a year, but his journey to get to Cadaniño is interesting
In 2020, a year before entering, his mother came to request a place for him. At that time, we did not have space for him, but we took their information and put on waiting list.
Every so often she would come to visit and ask if space had opened up. As very few of our students drop out.
One day I was shopping at the supermarket and there was a child who keep following me. The boy approached me and asked, “Are you a teacher at Cadaniño?”
After confirming that I was, he said “I would really like to study at Cadaniño, would you give me a chance? I have been waiting for an opportunity for so long, I want to learn and will not fail.”
I was so moved by the boy’s plea that I decided to see what I could. We set an appointment for him to come get tested in key areas. After passing the exams with a perfect score, he told me how he was sure he would do well as he had spent the whole weekend studying.
This was the beginning of a new phase in his life, what before had been a dream was now a reality. He has since been in the program for a year and is doing amazing. He is learning many things in computers; he loves the Bible classes and is fascinated with mathematics.
His diploma is one of his prized possessions, he put it in a frame and proudly shows it off at the entrance to his room.
Selvin has learned to pray to God. Recently he told me how God had blessed him, his parents had gotten married. His parents had been through many difficulties, and for a long time it looked like they might not stay together, but he prayed for them and now they are together as a family.
It was such a blessed day for Selvin and he can see that God has not abandoned him.
One of the things that Selvin enjoys most is that his whole family attends church together to get to know God.