The fourth edition of Liderandes reaches its target
The forth edition of Liderandes collected more than one hundred million pesos thanks to support from the Uniandino community and the commitment of the student ambassadors´.
$102.904.350 pesos was collected by 81 ambassadors who were working as volunteers in the most recent version of Liderandes, which was held between 20th February and 13th March 2017 on the university campus.
Thanks to the help of 2,076 donors, this year two full scholarships were granted to students from the university. The Uniandes Student Council (CEU for its acronym in Spanish) has, to date, granted ten scholarships since it was set up in 2014. This target was possible thanks to the support from the Universidad de los Andes, which doubles the amount collected by Liderandes.
In the four years in which this student initiative has been implemented, Uniandes has seen a change in its culture thanks to the project´s positioning and scope within the Unindino community. "You are changing the country´s culture through the university. Today the university is different compared to how it was five years ago; this is no mean feat", stated Pablo Navas –University Rector– as part of the event on 6th April that thanked the ambassadors and took place in the University Council room in the Pedro Navas building.
The rector also stressed the importance of being able to rely on students to empower themselves with causes that generate a large impact within the university. He also stressed the emotional and intangible value of philanthropic initiatives thanks to the feelings of solidarity and reciprocity that these create.
Cristina Mejía, a fifth-year law student and member of the group organizing Liderandes thanked the team of ambassadors, the Office of Philanthropy, and the university for their support and commitment to the initiative.
Mejía closed with the following words, "Many thanks to you – the ambassadors; with your perseverance we have reached our target, we have made the university more aware of what Liderandes is. Thank you for believing that with this project we are one step closer to building a country that we dream of"