Pedro Arão has been with ALG for 9 years. In 2017, after leaving the UPG Portugal Sponsoring Programme, he became an ALG Scholarship holder and began attending the Human Resources Management Course in Chokwé.
At the same time, he attended the course, Pedro decided to help A Little Gesture by volunteering to work as a classroom monitor in our After-School Support programme at S. Vicente Paulo School.
When questioned about what motivated him during the last year of his course he replied “…it is looking back and realising I came a long way, and I’m almost there, all I need is to maintain focus and determination … If it wasn’t for a Little Gesture and Cascais City Hall I don’t know who I would be today and how my life would have turned out.”
This year Um Pequeno Gesto proposed him a new challenge that he immediately accepted, he will be our new local technician at the S. Vicente de Paulo school.
Congratulations Pedro, for your journey, we are all very proud!
ALG University Scholarships provide young, motivated, and underprivileged students the opportunity of completing their university studies. ALG University scholarship holders are preferably students who previously benefited from the UPG Portugal sponsoring programme, or community youngsters involved with ALG such as local technicians, teachers or volunteers, with proven merit and eager to study.
These youngsters are usually from Chongoene, Chokwé or Xai-Xai, where they tend to return to after concluding their studies, with greater skills and higher education, to benefit the local community.
ALG University Scholarship Holders returned to online classes, a problematic measure considering that all the youngsters are underprivileged and do not have computers/tablets, or access to unlimited internet data packages. Thus, ALG supported them with monthly internet data packages to enable these youngsters to follow the classes and to complete their assignments through their mobile phones. This initiative began in April 2020, after the closing out of schools.