” My dream is to become a civil engineer. I am a grateful man with my people (Guaitarilla); I love this town so much and with my studies in civil engineering, I would like to help in the improvement of the town infrastructure so that there can be more touristic places. To be able to take out projects, to do more things to make this town recognized more pleasantly.
That it is not only known for being a dangerous town or something like that but that it can also be known for having tourist places. ” This is the goal of Iván Andrés Cerón Solarte, one of the students of Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (Uniminuto), from the municipality of Guaitarilla, which arrived more than a year and a half ago to the region, thanks to the alliance between the educational institution and the SOLREIR- Foundation, Solidarity, Love, and Service, from the Carlos Alberto Solarte Solarte group, with the purpose of building not only the largest university campus in the region but also to provide the opportunity for growth and fulfillment to the Nariñense society. Currently, Iván is training to become a Professional Technician in Electrical Installations for Buildings in the Uniminuto, where he enrolled hoping to succeed; although, at first, the economic resources he had did not allow him to study.
He says that costs were very high. Until he found out that there was a subsidy in the mayor’s office, in agreement with the university. He says that thanks God he was able to start his studies. He also dreams about being independent. He wants to overcome himself and have the opportunity to help his parents and become an example of life, according to him, as Carlos Alberto Solarte Solarte: “A man who has given us an example of how to live and get ahead.
He was also born in this town, perhaps not having many things, but he knew how to overcome and knew how to lead his life, and now we see that he is a great executive, a great engineer.” Eliana Ceron’s dream Her life changed when the Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios –Uniminuto – arrived in her village, the municipality of Guaitarilla, thanks to the alliance between the educational institution and the SOLREIR- Foundation, Solidarity, Love, and Service, of the Carlos Alberto Solarte Solarte group. Now, she is one of Uniminuto’s students who dream of studying languages and becoming an independent woman. Eliana Marcela Cerón speaks happy and proud of how this educational opportunity can change her future and that of her countrymen: “Our people have been characterized by being very small.
You can say that here they have come for short courses, but a university had never come. That has been a total change, as much as for us, as for our entire community of Guaitarilla.” She believes that, with the construction of the new university campus Carlos Alberto Solarte Solarte, her municipality will become a university city; the economy, tourism will grow. It is a change that will incentivize other people from nearby municipalities to study and grow professionally. “The campus, as I was looking at the model, is a very nice construction. It is a suitable space to learn, to practice, to continue studying, to get ahead, not to stop for anything,” she says firmly.