Limitless Horizons Ixil

Limitless Horizons Ixil's mission is to create opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala, to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community.
Sep 9, 2014

Brains and Ambition: Empowering the Youth of Chajul

Marcelia wants to attend university one day
Marcelia wants to attend university one day

While all of our scholars are bright and brilliant, three students have performed exceptionally well this year. Your backing and goodwill have given Angelica the resources to study math, have driven Marcelia’s ambition to attend university, and have shaped Regina into a leader and artist in her community.

Angelica is in her second year of middle school thanks to her Limitless Horizons Ixil scholarship. Her favorite subject is math and she loves learning new things. Angelica believes that her education is a resource that she will carry with her for her entire life, and a tool that will shape her into the person she wants to be. Angelica has seven siblings and neither of her parents received more than two years of formal education.

 “My parents are very proud of me for my studies since they never had the opportunity. They hope that my siblings and I will finish our education so that we can have better futures.”

Marcelia was deeply disappointed when her father told her that he would be unable to afford for her to study past elementary school. With six children to support, her parents lacked the resources to send them all through school. One day she heard about our Youth Development Program on the radio.

“I wanted to keep studying because I saw how my classmates were in school and I kept thinking ‘what am I going to do?’ I didn’t want to live a life of poverty.”

Marcelia was accepted into our program and is now in her third year of middle school. She passed her classes with flying colors this year and has the best grades in her group. She plans to graduate and find a job so that she can support herself through university.

Regina is an intelligent, assertive, and creative young woman in her final year of high school. She has proven herself to be a talented individual who excels as a leader and an artist. Regina writes poetry in her free time and hopes to study psychology in university after she graduates this year. She cites her curiosity and a thirst for learning as her motivation to keep moving forward with her education.

From Angelica, Marcelia, and Regina, thank you for your belief in our programs and their potential. Please continue to support the bold and brightest of Chajul—these young men and women who have the courage to envision a different future and the ambition to make that future a reality. 

Angelica is a math whiz!
Angelica is a math whiz!
Regina will graduate to a bright future this year!
Regina will graduate to a bright future this year!

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Aug 4, 2014

Planting the seeds of learning

Librarian Marilu and a beaming Bryan
Librarian Marilu and a beaming Bryan

Thanks to your generous support, the Limitless Horizons Ixil Community Library is at its best and biggest ever! Your contributions enable us to bring lots of stimulating educational resources to our 1,600+ library members! Today we’re excited to share a little about just one of our initiatives.

Every month, our library celebrates a different theme to keep members engaged with fun ideas and topics. Our librarians choose a selection of books related to the theme, and pick a group of gifted artists to decorate a special corner of the library devoted to the monthly theme. So far this year, we have celebrated back-to-school, friendship, religions, teachers, mothers, fathers, and women.  

This month, in the agricultural town of Chajul, we are celebrating gardening! Our library users are learning about planting seeds, putting down compost, the use of chemicals in fertilizer, and how we shouldn’t pick flowers from their natural habitats!

At the start of July, our librarians allowed the users to choose one book from the display, which was read at Story Hour. They then led an engaging discussion on gardening and farming.

For Mateo William Caba Chavez, gardening has been his favorite themes so far. William is 12 years old and comes to the library to learn and read books. His family have a garden at home and he likes to help out by working in it. The most interesting thing that he has learned from this month’s theme is how to plant seeds. We hope William’s seeds grow and he proves to have a green thumb!

Next month, the library members will explore flags from around the world as their theme. They will learn about the flag as a symbol for nations, regions, and religions, and will look at different colors and designs around the world.

Our special themes and the corner of the library devoted to them are one of the many ways we create a welcoming, engaging, and fun environment for our users. And they’re also a useful teaching tool as the library becomes a place for participatory learning! None of this could happen without you, thank you supporting us in planting the seeds of learning for the children of Chajul!

'Gardening Corner'
Our gifted artists!
Our gifted artists!
Making learning fun!
Making learning fun!
A bright display of books
A bright display of books
Our avid learners with Marilu
Our avid learners with Marilu

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Jun 17, 2014

Outstanding academic results from our youth!

Rony, our prodigious scholar!
Rony, our prodigious scholar!

While it’s misty and dreary in Chajul, nothing can dampen our spirits! We are excited to share some good news with you. The first round of report cards for our middle school youth were delivered in May. We are delighted to report that our students have an average of 75%, grades considered quite high in Chajul!

Starting this year, all LHI middle schoolers are enrolled in our partner school, Colegio San Gaspar, which provides the best education in Chajul. The school’s director, Balthazar Raymundo, recently told us that the LHI scholars are leading in all their classes and making great progress! We are so pleased that our youth are setting a good example to their peers!

While we are proud of all our scholars, some deserve specific mention.

Rony just started his first year of middle school. Known around the LHI Community Center for his cheeky grin and somewhat mischievous nature, Rony has also attracted our attention because of his outstanding performance in class. Not only does he have the highest average among the first years with 77%, he also received a 92 in English. Congratulations to Rony!

Last year, Roselda received the highest grades among her entire cohort of LHI peers. This year, she continues to excel, earning the highest average of all our middle schoolers while also scoring a 95 in Spanish. Terrific!

As part of our efforts to motivate our youth to earn good grades and provide a correlation between fun and learning, LHI rewarded all students with an average over 75% with a field trip to a local waterfall. 13 students met the qualifications, and were rewarded with a wonderful day of hiking, swimming and – against all odds – sun!

Thanks to your generous support, Limitless Horizons Ixil scholars have the opportunity to excel academically. We look forward to keeping you updated on the incredible progress you are helping to effect in Chajul and in the lives of our ambitious scholars.

Tantiuxh, gracias, and thank you!

Alice Stevens on behalf of all the LHI scholars

P.S. Donate after noon (EDT) on June 25th and see your donation doubled!  Microsoft Youth Sparks Match Day is an amazing opportunity to meet our fundraising goal; we hope you come out in support!

We are delighted with Roselda
We are delighted with Roselda's success.
En route to the waterfall
En route to the waterfall
We hiked the beautiful countryside of Chajul.
We hiked the beautiful countryside of Chajul.
The incredible Chichel waterfall
The incredible Chichel waterfall

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