This year marks fifty years since the Star of Hope began working in Argentina. The long-term work consists of helping vulnerable children and families within the Toba people to a better life.
This is done through several different efforts, including, providing study support to young people studying at upper secondary school and higher education, feeding programs, social programs, and sharing the Gospel and it has all yielded results.
The number of highly educated people from the Toba people is increasing. Nowadays, we meet doctors, architects, teachers, police officers, nurses, dentists, and others who managed to reach where they are today thanks to Star of Hope. Close follow-up with all students takes place every month. This academic year, 200 young people receive special educational support.
Two of those receiving support are the brothers' Daniel and Epifanio Acevedo. Both are currently studying in the fourth year of high school. Daniel, 17, is studying science, and his brother Epifanio, 16, is studying computer science.
Both want to study further after high school and both aim to apply to the "Argentine National Gendarmerie", which is a special border and security police force in Argentina. It is stable to work in the Gendarmerie as it is called, and there are opportunities to study further and make a career.
Epifanio says, “I am applying to the Gendarmerie, working on and hoping to train as a lawyer in the future. There are many opportunities to develop within the Gendamerie.”
Things are going well for both Daniel and Epifanio and they will surely succeed in their goals. The boys live together with their parents. Father Daniel finds it difficult to find stable work but gets by as a day laborer from time to time. He hopes to find something stable soon. Mother Paola is a teacher and works part-time at a local school.
The whole family is grateful for all the support they have received and are receiving. Big brother Daniel says: "Thanks to everyone who supports the work here in Argentina. It means a lot to me, my family, and everyone else! Thanks!”