Keeping siblings together creates brighter futures in Peru
The Cruz siblings' accomplishment of realizing their childhood dream of becoming professionals is a great inspiration for others.
In Peru, where they were born, less than half of young people in urban areas have access to higher education, and in rural areas, the number drops to 15%.
But the Cruz siblings refused to be statistics. Wilder, Luz, and Elmer arrived at the SOS Children's Village in Chiclayo at young ages and they always have been inseparable.
Despite facing numerous challenges, the siblings supported each other in their professional goals. Wilder, the eldest of the siblings, recently achieved a degree in Law and Political Science from the National University of Pedro Ruiz Gallo. His interest in the political world arose at an early age, inspired by his father's discussions of the issues in their hometown. Wilder wanted to study something that would enable him to make a difference in his community, and now he accomplished his dream.
For Luz, the loss of her biological mother due to illness when she was young prompted her to seek a career in nursing. Thanks to a Health Scholarship project, funded by SOS Children's Villages, Luz was able to finish her degree and is now a health professional. At just 22 years old, she has achieved economic independence and has many dreams left to fulfil.
The youngest of the siblings, Elmer, is studying technical studies in Accounting, Finance, and Tax Management.
Together, the siblings are an inspiration to many young people facing obstacles and challenges in their journey to achieve their goals. Despite the odds stacked against them, they have shown that with effort, dedication, and support from loved ones, anything is possible.
Their journey has not been easy, but they have proven that with hard work and a determination to succeed, everyone can achieve their dreams. Wilder, Luz, and Elmer's story is a testimony to the power of family, support, and the unwavering spirit of perseverance. Their message to all young people is to never give up on their dreams.