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Sense International beneficiaries in Peru awarded scholarship to develop vocational skills

14 April 2015

Eugenio massaging feet at a training sessions

The Peruvian government has awarded two deafblind individuals, 39 year old Antonio Vílchez and 16 year old Eugenio Julca, a training scholarship to develop their vocational skills in massage. 

In agreement with the National Council for Integration of People with disabilities (CONADIS), Sense International Peru ran a number of vocational massage workshops during 2014. At the end of the workshop a select number of the best students were invited to apply for a scholarship funded by the National Program of Scholarships and Student Loans (PRONABEC) in partnership with CONADIS.

Antonio at a massage training sessionThe scholarship will provide beneficiaries with an economic subsidy to go towards materials, utensils and transportation. This will allow both Antonio and Eugenio to develop skills to generate an income for themselves and their families, as well as helping to increase their confidence, feelings of security, and belonging to society.

Ricardo Zevallos, Director of Sense International Peru, said: “Deafblind people do not lack ambition or potential, but so few get the chance to train in a vocation and secure work. It is therefore fantastic that the government has recognised the potential of these individuals.

“I congratulate Antonio and Eugenio on securing the scholarship and wish them the best of luck for the future.”


First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019