Students from the Mbaracayu School participated and are now finalists of the online contest "My connection to the Forest" organized by the Forest Stewardship Council, a global non-profit dedicated to promoting responsible forest management around the world. The contest invited individuals and organizations to create a piece of artwork to raise awareness about the importance of the world's forests and trees, and to celebrate the UN International Day of Forests, held annually on March 21st. The girls at the Mbaracayu School worked during the months of February and March to produce a beautiful artwork representing the Mbaracayu Forest Reserve. This process has been helpful for the girls to learn more about forest conservation and its importance, and about specific steps that can be taken in order to protect the Mbaracayu Forest. It has allowed the students to share their connection with the Mbaracayu Reserve, as this is their HOME. At the same time, it has helped them to become more familiar with the school curriculum in environmental sciences by experiencing the forest and sharing it with the world. The artwork presented by the girls from the school has been selected for the second and final phase of the contest and it has recently been uploaded to a Facebook voting platform where, for the next month, Facebook users have the possibility to access daily and vote for their favorite artwork. The girls at the school are campaigning to get people to vote and they are looking forward to winning the contest! The three pieces of artwork with the most valid votes will win the contest. The Mbaracayu School is currently standing at the second place....! This is an excellent demonstration of the opportunity these young women have to develop significant knowledge and skills in Environmental Sciences as they obtain their Technical High School diploma. It is an opportunity to empower these young girls to take action for the protection of trees and forests in Paraguay and the world. We ask our GlobalGiving friends and supporters to help us by collaborating and voting for the girls' project by accessing the following link: https://www.facebook.com/fsc.ic?sk=app_162850930432266&app_data Thank you for your unconditional support!
Thanks to your generous contribution, this week 7 of the students who graduated from the School in Mbaracayu in 2011 have started their second year at the National University of Villarica. These girls are pursuing various degrees including psychology, accounting, environmental engineering, zootechnics and agro-industrial engineering.
They are pursuing four-year programs to which they have to add the time that it takes them to develop and defend a thesis project upon completion of required courses to receive their university diploma. We have received the reports from their university with satisfactory results that prove the support you are providing for the girls is a valuable investment for their future! Most of the girls would like to work in their field of study when they graduate, preferably in their communities, but are also willing to work elsewhere in the country where they can continue to grow professionally. They have dreams to continue their studies, but this will depend on economic conditions upon graduation.
Some of the girls are already working while in school: two of them work in a telephone company, one has joined the firefight department as a volunteer and is undergoing training to become a firefighter, two other girls have small businesses of catalog products sale. These way the girls are able to help their families by covering some of their basic daily expenses that along with the scholarships they receive allows them to continue with their studies.The scholarships for school and housing spending have been a great contribution, allowing the girls to live in a comfortable and safe place that enables the students to be focused on their education as they pursue their dreams of a better future.
Thank you so much for your support! We wish our students a very successful 2013!
For the second time in the still short life of our dear Mbaracayu Girls School of Environmental Entrepreneurs, it is with great pride and honor that we hereby present our Class of 2012.
Tomorrow, Friday December 14th, 40 girls will say "mission accomplished!" and graduate with many dreams and hopes for a brilliant future, a future of prosperity that they have been preparing for during their 3 years at the school.
The girls will receive a Technical High School Diploma in Environmental Sciences, and from there, some will take jobs, others will pursue further studies, while still others will do both!
Join us in celebrating this beautiful group of girl entrepreneurs, youth of today, future leaders and change agents of tomorrow. They are the change we want to see in our beloved nation!