UB alumna makes a difference in Guatemala

“For me, it isn’t the actual weaving or the ballet I am passionate about. It’s the value, which grows through people as they see themselves excel in something based on hard work and God-given talent.”   Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez, UB alumna

By CHARLES ANZALONE

 

Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez has a clear answer when asked why she is in Guatemala, running a ballet school, volunteering as director of an indigenous women’s textile group, and generally working to make a lasting difference for people who need her help the most.

“Being here is growing my soul, as I see God move and work like I have never seen before,” Tjahjadi-Lopez, who received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography from UB, wrote in a recent newsletter under the straightforward title “Why am I in Guatemala?”

Model, entrepreneur, human rights activist, philanthropist and motivator, Tjahjadi-Lopez — whose passion for textiles matches her ardor for helping the less fortunate — has, at age 26, carved out one of the more impressive stories among the outstanding students to emerge from UB’s Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.

 

Published August 1, 2018

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