From the inhospitable places in the interior of Neuquén, he managed to keep the boys and girls studying

The “Gregorio Álvarez” scholarships are an initiative promoted by the provincial government so that boys, girls and adolescents can complete or resume their school career. In addition, it includes adults who at some point left their schooling process. And there was Adolfo Denmark, a member of the Millain Currical Mapuche community, settled between the towns of Loncopué and Caviahue. It was he who shouldered the campaign, collected information from the families in his community, put together files, traveled to Neuquén and today he managed to get 90 kids scholarships to study.

Adolfo presented the folders for girls and boys from the primary, initial and middle levels of the schools 110 in Pichaihue, 6 in Huncal, 330 in Trahuncura; and the annex of Cpem 98 that works at the Huncal school. They all ended up receiving scholarships. Adolfo did not hesitate and went for everything. He made it.

“I bear the last name of my mother, Mrs. Ana Rosa Denmark, artisan, daughter of Mr. Pedro Denmark. I have her last name because when I was born she was still single. She doesn’t know how to read or write, “He didn’t go to school,” he said. And perhaps there germinated what today led him to think about future generations of his community.

Since he was a teenager, he became involved with the needs of his community. One of them was clearly the lack of education. When he found out about the provincial scholarships, he and his wife took charge of conducting surveys in the families to detect those who had abandoned their school career or had never started it.

“We decided to do it this way because Most families in the rest of the towns had close help, of the municipality or some other organization. We did not have that possibility, In addition, some parents found it very difficult to communicate and understand the use of the internet and social networks, so I made the decision and took a bus and went to Neuquén with all the documentation. Before, we took the justice of the peace so that the families could sign the affidavit in the same place; We did that one day in Cajón Chico and another in Portezuelo, which are the two busiest places in the community,” he said about the instance in which families had to complete a form to enter as applicants. Adolfo was not afraid of anything.

He looked for a place to print the papers, took them from house to house and then came to the capital. It was an opportunity that could not be wasted. of that he was sure. And in this process the support of his life partner, Fátima Carrizo, was fundamental.

«TIt all started when Adolfo was in the summer and I was here in Neuquén. I saw about the scholarships on social media and sent it to them. We had the problem that due to lack of internet we could not obtain the children’s regular student certificates, because the classes had already ended, so it occurred to me to do the sworn declarations thing. The procedures had to be done through a computer, because over the phone it was quite complex. Furthermore, people do not use high-end phones and if they do have them, they are basic and very old. And for this process you had to have internet, electricity, a computer or a telephone; and they are things that do not exist in the community,” said the woman.

Community logistics began, because in addition a justice of the peace was required certify the documentation presented, an issue that is not easy to obtain in the communities in the deepest interior of the province of Neuquén. But it was possible. They could.

We divide the tasks, he was in charge of finding the judge and taking him to the community to make the sworn statements; and meanwhile he was sending me the photos of the family group documents. With the photo of the documents and the family groups we put together a list of families, I took what was necessary from the CPE and ANSES websites and we saved everything in a digital file, then we sent them to print and we put together the folders per family. I remember that we were very tight with the times. Adolfo came to Neuquén with part of the documentation. We put the other one together and he went to scholarships and asked for help to load everything through the system. And so he managed to enroll all the boys,” said Fátima.

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