Educational Scholarship Project
For the past 8 years, CSEE has been supporting students from the small town of San Francisco in the Peruvian Amazon to achieve their dreams of university-level education. We have funded the educations of 7 students, who collectively studied law, botany, business, tourism, education, art, and nutrition. As the last of these students completes their studies, we are now moving into a new phase of support: that of mentoring them as they set up their own businesses back in their hometown, honoring and preserving the traditions of their local Shipibo culture.
Walter Flores Agustin
Walter is months away from completing his degree in Botany and Environmental Sustainability. He studies living things, including medicinal plants in the rainforest and the principles of reforestation. His aspirations are to develop a world class, sustainable botanical garden on family land in his home village on the Amazon. He plans to teach reforestation and sustainability practices to the villagers to help stem the tide of environmental degradation from development. Preserving the wisdom of the medicinal plants of the Amazon is crucial to the preservation of the Shipibo culture. Walter is completing the final year of a six-year program of study at the University in Pucallpa that will result in a master's degree.
Roel Flores Agustin
Roel (Vichy) is the youngest child of Enrique Flores and Herlinda Agustin. He is currently the youngest CSEE scholarship recipient. As of 2017, Vichi has completed his degree in BusinessAdministration and Finance. Budgeting and financial planning are not part of the ancestral culture of the Shipibo. The business education and skills Vichy learned will contribute to empowering the financial management and development of sustainable businesses in his home village. Funding Vichy's education is part of our initiative to help empower leaders with a shamanic foundation to control their future and have the financial security to protect their heritage. Vichi also plans to start a non-profit organization to support his community in selling Shipibo textiles and crafts.
Susy Flores Agustin
In 2017, Susy has completed her degree at the most competitive University Tourism degree program in Lima! Susy’s goal is to build a viable and sustainable shamanic tourism business for the Shipibo. Shamanic tourism is a rapidly growing business sector in the Peruvian Amazon basin. She is also studying English and French.
Katty Lisett Murayari Flores
Katty is the eldest grandchild of Enrique Flores and Herlinda Agustin. She is was a law student in the top 1% of her class, a single mother and took on a more difficult course load to practice international law. Her aspirations are to practice indigenous rights law, defending and securing rights for indigenous people and women’s civil rights law.
Juan had started his teaching certificate more then 12 years ago but was never able to finish his thesis due to lack of funds. SO CSEE, along with One Heart Many Rhythms sent Juan back to school to finish his degree. Juan had to retake many classes but was able to complete his final thesis which was on the Preservation of Shipibo Culture and receive his teaching certificate. Juan had to take his first teaching job a two day boat ride away from his village, his wife and his 6 children. In March 2011, Juan was able to secure a teaching job in his own village, located across the street from his house! With Juan’s arrival at the village school, they were able to celebrate having teachers that were 100% bilingual because all the teachers are native Shipibo. The students speak Spanish and Shipibo, learn traditional Shipibo design and learn the value of preserving their culture. Check out our pictures of our visit to Juan’s classroom in October 2011.
Henry Flores Agustin
Henry got his degree in Lima in Physical ed, Nutrition and Sports with the help of CSEE and One Heart Many Rhythms. Henry has joined Juan at the school in his home village. Because of Henry’s experience living in Lima as well as his education, he has helped the other villagers open bank accounts, manage finances, organize business ventures and has become a positive influence and leader in his community.
Pasquel Flores Agustin
Pasquel was funded by CSEE to study painting for several years with the famous artist, Pablo Amaringo at the Pablo Amaringo School of Art in Pucallpa, Peru before Pablo’s death in 2009. Pasquel has been teaching several of the village children who have shown an interest and talent in studying art. CSEE plans to make his role more official, supporting him in keeping the knowledge and practice of Shipibo art alive in his home village. Currently Pasquel is the only art teacher in the village.