Meet: Carlos

Name: Carlos Leodan Roblero Cifuentes

Major: Sociology

Carlos is one of our Education Scholarship students who lives at the student house in San Cristobal. He decided to study sociology because he enjoys working and interacting with others.

Favorite FOP memory: Seeing Carlos with the other students of the San Cristobal house. He was so clearly their leader, their confidant, their friend. Whenever there was a task that needed to be done, from fixing a leaking pipe to weeding the garden, he was in the middle of it. He didnt hesitate, didnt complain, just took care of what needed to be done. The quiet sense of leadership and maturity he displayed were so impressive.

Hometown: Nuevo Laredo, Siltepec, Chiapas

Family: Parents, three brothers, one younger sister.

Carlos is the first person in his family to attend college. He is also one of the first from his community, because Siltepec is an isolated region and offers limited educational opportunities. Carlos accomplishment and desire to go to college have inspired others. Three other students in the FOP Education Scholarship program are from Carlos hometown, and they say that if Carlos hadnt encouraged them to go to school and be a part of the FOP program, they never would have made it this far. Some of his siblings also want to follow in his footsteps and get an education. The example that Carlos set has taught them to strive for success.

Graduation: July 2013

Career goal: Teacher

“I want to be a better person, to improve myself. I want to help my family once I’m finished. I want to do something with my life. When I have moments when I want to give up, I think about all the people who want to continue to study but can’t, the ones who would love to have the opportunity that I have, and this motivates me to keep going, to not give up. I’m lucky to have this chance.”

Hobbies: Listen to music, play soccer, to œcoexist. 

Carlos understands well the goals of Friends of Pimpollo. He understands the value of education and its ability to change lives, and he understands that it sometimes takes a helping hand to get that education. One of his goals is to provide a helping hand to others, even more than he already has. After graduation, he says, œI want to help ECOSER as much as I can so that other guys who don’t have these opportunities can keep studying just like I got to. 

“Without [your] help, I would probably be working wherever I could to support myself; I never could have gotten to the university. I couldn’t achieve my dreams.”

“Thank you so much to those who support us.”

Carlos and Lidia, another FOP student