Thank you so much to our generous donors! We have now reached our funding goal for our 2011 Scholarship Program! We are able to give 82 students scholarships throughout the school year.
This year has been a very exciting year so far. We started a debate club for our high school and university scholarship students. The scholars have debated how to manage population control in Guatemala, how to diminish political corruption, and how to redesign Guatemala's educational system. They are learning research, budgeting, and public speaking skills. They students will participate in an elimination round on May 18th and a final round on June 1st.
We have also started organizing workshops on relevant social themes. In April, the students participated in a workshop called "How to Achieve Success". They discussed the importance of defining their goals and training themselves to achieve them. They also learned the importance of collaboration and how to solve problems in teams. Most importantly, they learned how to analyze their values so that they can make the right choices for themselves.
We hope that you continue checking in on this program and donate again later in the year to support our scholarship program for 2012! Thank you so much again for your support of and belief in our programs!
If you would like to donate again on Global Giving, please see our new project listing at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fight-malnutrition-in-guatemala/.
On Sunday, January 16, 2011 eighty-two (82) scholars and their parents, mostly from rural areas around Guatemala, descended upon Antigua to celebrate their achievements and receive their first scholarship installment. The event began with a short presentation led by Lourdes González, Scholarship Coordinator, to explain student and parent expectations and responsibilities. After the presentation the students and their parents signed the contracts and received the first monthly installments.
After the signing of the contracts, CasaSito recognized its scholarship students and their families in a short program. Several scholars had the opportunity to share with the audience the impact the scholarship has had in their lives and the lives of their families. In a moving speech, José David Pérez, CasaSito scholar, encouraged his fellow scholars to work hard and do well in school so that Guatemala can be a better country for all.
CasaSito also announced the winners for the 2010 Entrepreneur Club business plan competition. Two student groups won microcredit loans to start their own small enterprises. One group started a recycling pick-up business and the other a chocolate bar business. CasaSito also announced the start of the 2011 Debate Club.
This was an exciting day for the families, CasaSito and all of its supporters. We celebrated the students’ triumphs as well as CasaSito’s continued endeavor to increase educational opportunities for indigenous children living in poverty. Thanks to donors like you who believe in our mission, CasaSito looks forward to continuing to help more people help themselves through education in 2011.
Because of many people like you who trust and support our work, 82 students will be able to continue their study in 2011 with support of our scholarship program.
37 - junior high students, 29 - high school students and 16 - university students
The 2011 gathering will be held in a local restaurant La Peña de Sol Latino, Antigua Guatemala, on January 16th from 9am to 2pm.
During this day, all students will accompanied by one of their parent to attend a workshop and to sign the contract. There will be also a short presentation organized by our coordinators and students. Some donors and foundation representatives will join us to share this special moment with us. If you will be around Antigua Guatemala that day, please pass by and join us.
If you would like to know more about work, please visit our webpage. You will find the general information about our programs and our quarterly newsletters. To follow our program in a more frequent basis, you can also join our Face Book group.
Meanwhile, CasaSito team wishes you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous 2011!