Cementos Progreso has been an active participant of «100,000 Strong in the Americas» since 2019, an initiative that stimulates new higher education partnerships between the United States and the rest of the world.
On this occasion, the Guatemalan company renewed its commitment as a donor to strengthen young people’s skills, as well as facilitate academic exchange and training between universities in North America and the Central American Northern Triangle Region.
The program seeks to create innovative and inclusive educational exchanges in a number of areas, including climate action, and harness the power of education to ensure a more inclusive, green, and prosperous hemisphere.
In this regard, Assistant Secretary Brian A. Nichols, of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, recognized leadership at the event, mentioning Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB), Cementos Progreso, and Amazon for their visionary support of new «100K Strong» Initiatives.
Among the initiatives announced, the 100K Climate Action Alliance («100K CLIMA»), will build on regional coalitions between industry, governments, and higher education institutions, to catalyze climate action and collaboration between U.S. and Latin American universities through new 100K exchange programs in climate action, energy, technology, and social inclusion.
José Raúl González, CEO of Progreso, commented on the importance of supporting these initiatives at a regional level, «At Cementos Progreso we are honored to continue supporting the «100K Strong in the Americas» project in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas. We believe that only through collaboration, and the creation of shared value can we accelerate solutions that can significantly reduce our vulnerability to climate change in Central America».
In 2019, Cementos Progreso participated in a «100,000 Strong in the Americas» –subsidized exchange program, which already has success stories to share. For example, this program allowed Zamorano University, located in Honduras, to send their student Luis Carlos Morazán Suárez to Cornell University. He participated in developing technology for building a water treatment plant to benefit small rural communities.