A strong education is critical for social and individual progress. However, education levels
in developing countries remain low due poverty, war, lack of access to schooling, and other
barriers. Too many children must leave school and go to work to support their families or
have been drafted into wars to fight as child soldiers, often at as young as ten or eleven
years old. Colombia is no exception; even for those students who complete secondary
school, dropout rates in universities can reach 50%, often due to financial hardship.
In the face of these sobering challenges, in January 2020, Liliana Arroyave and Estefany
Roldan, both Colombians living in the US, formed a long-distance partnership to take an
active role to build Colombian society through supporting Colombian education. Both
themselves products of Colombia’s public universities, they empathized with today’s
students, and decided to form a non-profit to support them. Their goal is to help bright,
motivated, passionate students overcome their financial hurdles so they can stay in school
and achieve their educational and professional goals.
Both Liliana and Estefani overcame major obstacles to pursue their own careers. Estefani,
for example, while attending undergraduate school, spent her nights working in a hospital
to financially support herself and her family; as their sole supporter, she didn’t have many
options. She was fortunate if she slept every thirty-six hours. Finally, after years of
sleepless nights, she achieved her goal and became a nurse. Liliana, fortunate enough to
have a family able to support her through her education, overcame her own challenges to
become an engineer. After a trip to Santiago de Compostela, she returned energized with a
new goal in life: giving back to society. Just as others supported her through her
education, she now wants to support others.
Liliana and Estefani knew that the educational challenges in Colombia were not going to
fix themselves. The government, if it could help at all, would act slowly, and not be able to
support many students. That is why they formed Impact-U – to reach and support more
Colombian students who could, some day, also help others. They enlisted the help of the
Bajocol Foundation to act as their fiscal sponsor as Impact-U gets off the ground.
Everyone in impact-U you share the same goal and are united for the same purposes and
committed to impact positively many lives.
IMPACT-U helps and contributes to students from vulnerable communities in Colombia. Our goal is to assist them in reaching their educational goals, by providing the financial assistance and educational resources needed to complete the undergraduate program and ultimately obtain a college degree. Promoting personal development helps build a stronger society.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.