This picture depicts the typical conditions of the roads in the region of the school. After a recent storm, the already delicate roads heading out to the school and the hotel were further damaged and became simply inaccessible. The girls from the school were highly motivated and worked hard to improve the conditions of the road. Not only do these entrepreneurial young women demonstrate how much they care about their school, but they continue to amaze everyone with how much they give to the community at large. With hopes of continuing their education at the university level, these young women and others like them, will be better positioned to contribute in a sustainable and meaningful way to Paraguayan society.
February 27 2012 was not merely another rainy day in the Mbaracyú Forest Reserve. Despite the challenges posed by almost impassible roads, 45 new students’ lives were about to change for the better as they were welcomed into the folds at the Mbaracayú Girls School. The new students hailed from rural communities near and far. They were shown to their rooms, given a tour, and made to feel at home by staff and students alike. The day unfolded with icebreakers and team building activities, creating a fun atmosphere filled with love and support to help the girls integrate with their peers. As the day progressed, the initial nervousness that the new students and their families felt subsided, and was replaced by a feeling of excitement. Fundación Paraguaya and Fundación Moises Bertoni provided the girls with personal affects and school supplies they needed to start off the school year. These young women are on the path to being college bound! Please help them and their peers continue on the path of higher education by making it possible for them to acheive a seemingly impossible dream---to attend univeristy.
Today is a Paraguayan holiday called “Heroes’ Day”, which memorializes those who have died for the country, especially in the Triple Alliance War in 1870, which pitted the combined forces of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay against Paraguay. After witnessing his army severely weakened, and moments before his death, Paraguay's leader, Marshal Francisco Solano Lopez proclaimed, "I die with my country!" This day honors heroes who have fought for freedom.
We continue to fight for freedom from the chains of poverty for our girls, by offering them an otherwise out-of-reach education, and leveling the playing field for the often overlooked, poor, rural girls of Paraguay. Thank you for being a HERO to these young women and for your continued support!