Faculty of Law alumnus Sander Wirken has been nominated for the AUV Alumnus Award for his project ‘Niños de Guatemala’. The winner will be announced during the AUV Day on Saturday, 3 November.
Niños de Guatemala provides education to disadvantaged children. The foundation now has two primary schools and a secondary school, with 500 students in total. ‘Our greatest challenge at the moment is to continue helping the students after they graduate from the secondary school. It would be very fitting if the AUV Alumnus Award could help give our Guatemalan students the opportunity to attend university’, Sander says.
The AUV Alumnus Award is a prize which aims to encourage UvA alumni who are making a unique contribution to society through an interesting project. The winner is a source of inspiration for others and holds promise for the future. The prize comes with a cash award that winners can invest in their project.
Sander established the Niños de Guatemala foundation during his time as a student. He was living in Guatemala and working for the foundation when he wrote his thesis. ‘I won the UvA Thesis Prize in 2011 with a thesis on violence and impunity in Guatemala. That motivated me to make a documentary on Guatemala’s chief prosecutor. While making the documentary, I decided to write a doctoral thesis at the UvA, also on the topic of violence in Guatemala. The UvA has supported Niños de Guatemala throughout the years. For example, with the UvA team, we collaborate with the Dam tot Damloop running event.’