Carmen Pampa Fund
Carmen Pampa Fund (CPF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in St. Paul, Minnesota, that generates financial and human resources for the Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP). The UAC-CP is a unique college located in the rural mountains of northeastern Bolivia (three hours from the capital city of La Paz) that provides access to higher education and community service for Bolivia's poorest and most marginalized populations.
The College offers degrees in five academic areas: Agronomy, Nursing, Education, Ecotourism, and Veterinary Science. These areas were specifically chosen because they respond to the needs of the people living in Bolivia's remote and under-served rural area. The curriculum, accredited by the Catholic University of Bolivia, includes a focus on: academics, social service extension, production, research, and ethics and morality.
In May 2011, the Education and Health Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia recognized the UAC model as a "Meritorious Institution of the State" for its work in higher education and development. The College was recognized in 2003 by a United Nations Subcommittee for the Eradication of Poverty, which designated the UAC-CP as one of the seven most effective initiatives worldwide. It has also been recognized by USAID for its work in higher education to serve the Yungas region of Bolivia.