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Desire to Learn Fosters Successful Non-Profit

Armed with an MBA from Regent University, Roger partnered with Operation Blessing and started a non-profit to provide relief to his community in Nicaragua. Read Transcript


The most beautiful thing was when I first wrote my name.

NARRATOR: Roger Orozco grew up in extreme poverty-stricken

Nicaragua.

ROGER OROZCO: There is no electricity.

There is no running water.

And when I was there, there was no school.

NARRATOR: His father abandoned the family

when he was just six months old.

As a young boy, Roger took on odd jobs

to help support his family.

I start working in the farm when I was six years old.

And I have, like, a half an acres of land

to be able to provide.

NARRATOR: Roger was eager to learn.

So at nine, he attended school for the first time.

He didn't complain about the 2.5-hour walk to school through

the mountains, or the rivers he had to swim through to get

to school.

I didn't even know how to write my name or the vowels.

And God gave me the ability to learn fast.

NARRATOR: Roger loved loved learning so much,

he left home to continue his education in high school.

After three years there, he met Virginia State representative

Scott Rigell, who had come to Nicaragua on a missions trip.

He was trying to talk to me, but I didn't know English,

he didn't know Spanish, so it was just

like a smile on our face.

But somehow, we connect.

NARRATOR: Scott sponsored Roger to move to Virginia Beach,

and enrolled him at a university in Virginia

to study English as a second language.

In his senior year, he met his wife, Mary Blake.

ROGER OROZCO: I'm just blessed to be

able to have a wonderful family.

NARRATOR: After he graduated with his bachelor's

in international business and finance,

he took another step of faith, and enrolled

in Regent University School of Business and Leadership

to pursue his MBA.

ROGER OROZCO: I had a family.

We were like the students, the professors,

and the connections, and the academic were challenging.

You are honoring God with what you're learning.

And then from there, you are applying

what you're learning, too, in the real world.

NARRATOR: Roger created a nonprofit called Just One

Opportunity to help the people of Nicaragua.

ROGER OROZCO: Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty.

First, we do it through evangelism.

Second, education.

NARRATOR: Roger graduated with special honors in 2015.

ROGER OROZCO: Without God, my wife, and the professors that

came alongside me, I wouldn't have got that outstanding MBA

award.

NARRATOR: Today, Roger serves on Regent University's

advisory board, and is partnered with Operation Blessing

to help them provide solar panels and water purification

systems for the people of Nicaragua.

Through Just One Opportunity, he built a training center

to provide everyone in his village a brighter future.

ROGER OROZCO: Today, we have 25 high school

students that we sponsor from those remote villages.

And we have 13 college students that we also sponsor

for them to go to school.

Just this year, we provide 120 uniforms, shoes, backpack,

and notebooks for the students.

NARRATOR: Roger is grateful for the education he received

at Regent University, and how it equipped

him to help the people of Nicaragua

have a better life by breaking the cycle of poverty.

ROGER OROZCO: Regent really helped

me to equip me to help in a way that I never

thought I was able to do it.

With God, you can make a lasting impact.

Changing the world, they prepare you for that.

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