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Featured Graduate: Ricardo Salgado, Class of 2007



Ricardo Salgado

Civil Engineer, UCC Léon 2007

Ricardo is the oldest child of parents Ricardo and Yelba. He was born in the sleepy mountain village of El Jicaro, Nueva Segovia, a frontier town and stage to a civil war sponsored by the United States and the former Soviet Union during the 1980s. Ricardo Sr. is a bricklayer whose employment opportunities fluctuate with their village’s economy. Yelba is a homemaker who has dedicated her life to raising her three children in Nicaragua. Neither attended college and were both nervous about enrolling their son in a five year degree program knowing that they would unlikely be able to support him through the entirety of his college studies.

Help Educate began sponsoring Ricardo in 2003 shortly after his first year in a Civil Engineering program at the University of Commercial Sciences in Leon. During his five year program Ricardo not only gained the skills necessary to be a Civil Engineer, he also made friends, met mentors and learned the life skills necessary for taking his future into his own hands. Ricardo graduated in November of 2007 and found work on a project to build a hospital several weeks later. Ricardo is currently working on an infrastructure project, helping to build a major highway in the Department of Leon.

Speaking about his college experience, Ricardo says, “I could never have imagined how much my life was going to change after going to college. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”