Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

The Kateri Tekakwitha Fund exists to empower Guatemalan women to break the cycle of poverty by having a positive impact on their lives, families, and communities through collaboration, educational scholarships, and support.
Dec 23, 2013

School Year Ends in Guatemala

Barbara Tartan, 2013  secretarial graduate
Barbara Tartan, 2013 secretarial graduate

The Guatemalan school year ended in October.  Carmela Paz Bal planned an end of the year excursion and party to celebrate.  Read her report below. 

Excursion to the Instituto Técnico de Capacitacion (INTECAP). 

INTECAP is a government agency which provides both technical and degree career education for Guatemalans  This excursion aided all the young women to increase their knowledge of possible career choices.

They were received by the manager who gave a talk on the difference between a technical career and the short courses available, the requirements , and the costs.  He animated the group to prepare themselves and always to keep learning new things.

The group then toured the facility and visited the laboratory of each of the careers.  The instructors gave an explication of their area of study and encouraged the young women to study careers that were not common for women like electronics, auto mechanics, carpentry, and refrigeration. 

Afterwards, the group visited the workshops of cooking, cake decorating, beauty salon including hair styling, manicure, and pedicure, flower arranging, tailoring, and repair of industrial sewing machines.

Many of the young women showed an interest in the courses because they are good courses.  They are an inexpensive way to prepare yourself for a career. 

Clausura 

After the excursion to INTECAP, the young women traveled by bus to La Villa Restaurant in El Tejar to celebrate the ending of the year with lunch and the presentation of gifts

 

Andrea, a 2012 graduate,  was the master of ceremonies.  She and the other 2012 graduates who volunteered in the program this year, Mishel,and Crisitina were presented with thank you gifts. 

The 2013 high school graduates, Silvia, Blanca, Francisca, and Barbara were recognized for their achievement with a gift as well.  Blanca and Silvia received a diploma in Science and Letters with an Orientation in Tourism, Barbara as a office secretary, and Francisca as a Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Elementary School Teacher. 

Glenda, Sandra, and Clara graduated from junior high school and will start high school career training in 2014.

Candelaria led the gift exchange.  Each of the young women wrote a phrase on a sheet of paper.   Then they chose a paper. The phrase was read and a gift was exchanged with the person who wrote the phrase.  Everyone enjoyed the fun of hearing the phrases and receiving a gift.

It was a day very fruitful because it was full of both learning and fun!

In January, we will be awarding scholarships to the continuing students and new applicants.  We have nine new candidates who all merit scholarships.  At this date we only have enough funds to give three new scholarships.  We are seeking enough funds for all nine young women.  Our goal is $3000.  If you want to invest in the future of these young women make an extra donation now or encourage your friends and family to get involved.

The Guatemalan school year ended in October.  Carmela Paz Bal planned an end of the year excursion and party to celebrate.  Read her report below.

 

Excursion to the Instituto Técnico de Capacitacion (INTECAP). 

 

INTECAP is a government agency which provides both technical and degree career education for Guatemalans  This excursion aided all the young women to increase their knowledge of possible career choices.

They were received by the manager who gave a talk on the difference between a technical career and the short courses available, the requirements , and the costs.  He animated the group to prepare themselves and always to keep learning new things.

 

The group then toured the facility and visited the laboratory of each of the careers.  The instructors gave an explication of their area of study and encouraged the young women to study careers that were not common for women like electronics, auto mechanics, carpentry, and refrigeration. 

Afterwards, the group visited the workshops of cooking, cake decorating, beauty salon including hair styling, manicure, and pedicure, flower arranging, tailoring, and repair of industrial sewing machines.

Many of the young women showed an interest in the courses because they are good courses.  They are an inexpensive way to prepare yourself for a career.

 

Sandra Lopez, Clara Ecomac To, and Glenda To Tum, 2013 Junior High Graduates

Clausura 

 

After the excursion to INTECAP, the young women traveled by bus to La Villa Restaurant in El Tejar to celebrate the ending of the year with lunch and the presentation of gifts

Andrea Patzan, a 2012 graduate,  was the master of ceremonies.  She and the other 2012 graduates who volunteered in the program this year, Mishel Cutzal,and Crisitina Cuc were presented with thank you gifts. 

The 2013 high school graduates, Silvia Quiej Sian, Blanca Surec, Francisca Sirin, and Barbara Tartan Chuy were recognized for their achievement with a gift as well.  Blanca and Silvia received a diploma in Science and Letters with an Orientation in Tourism, Barbara as a office secretary, and Francisca as a Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Elementary School Teacher. 

Glenda To Tum, Sandra Lopez, and Clara Ecomac To graduated from junior high school and will start high school career training in 2014.

Candelaria Sut led the gift exchange.  Each of the young women wrote a phrase on a sheet of paper.   Then they chose a paper. The phrase was read and a gift was exchanged with the person who wrote the phrase.  Everyone enjoyed the fun of hearing the phrases and receiving a gift.

 

It was a day very fruitful because it was full of both learning and fun!

 

In January, we will be awarding scholarships to the continuing students and new applicants.  We have nine candidates who all merit scholarships.  At this date we only have enough funds to give three new scholarships.  We are seeking enough funds for all nine young women.  Our goal is $3000.  If you want to invest in the future of these young women go to our website to donate.  Click to DONATE NOW!

 

Blanca Surec, 2013 graduate
Blanca Surec, 2013 graduate
Francisca Abelina Sirin, 2013 graduate
Francisca Abelina Sirin, 2013 graduate
Sandra, Clara, and Glenda ,8th grade graduates
Sandra, Clara, and Glenda ,8th grade graduates '13
Silvia Sian Qialaj, 2013 graduate
Silvia Sian Qialaj, 2013 graduate

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Dec 9, 2013

Final Report

 With regret we have decided to deactivate this project.  We have not been receiving enough donations to keep the project running.  Because of the donations we received while it was active, we were able to fund a half time six month internship for Mishel Cutzal.  You read her reports on the benefit that she received from the internship. 

There is a small amount of money left in this Fund and it will be put into our regular scholarship program. If you would like to continue supporting young Guatemalan women as they seek to better their lives, you can switch your support to our scholarship program that is also featured on Global Giving.

 

Again-thank you for your support.

Oct 28, 2013

Another School Year Ends with Four Students Graduating

Blanca
Blanca '13 graduate and Mirna '08, her teacher

October ends the school year in Guatemala.  This year, the Kateri Fund has four graduates.  Silvia Sian Quiej, Blanca Surec, Barabara Tartan, and Francisca Cutzal Sian.

Silvia Sian Quiej and Blanc Surec Umul will receive their degree in Tourism and Hotel Management.  They have spent their practicum learning the skills they will need to work in the kitchen, manage events, and the reception desk.   They are eager to find work and continue their studies weekends at the university level.

Barabara Tarton did her secretarial practicum in the Coordinacion Tecnica de Educacion.  She had to stay away from home during the week and missed her family, but it all went well 

Francisca Cutzal Sirin finished her practicum with fourth graders in elementary school.  She enjoyed teaching the students although it was a challenge planning and working with the students in the morning and attending her own classes in the afternoon.  

The new challenge for them all will be to find work.  It can take up to a year.  The young women stay connected to the Kateri Fund by doing volunteer projects with the Fund to repay their scholarships.  Through this connection, we are able to keep them from getting discouraged and to motivate them to keep looking.  We also are seeking funds for our work experience program which places them in community jobs with a stipend.  This provides the experince which many employers require and gives them some income to keep them going. Consider donating to this project at #9862 Work Experience for 10 indigenous women to support the job search of these young women.

The rest of the young women will continue next year in the program.   In November we will be deciding on how many scholarships we will be able to award.  We have more than 20 applicants.  To be able to serve all who have a need, we will need to have this project fully funded by Dec 1. 2013.  Please get the word out to your family and friends and solicit their support.  

Silvia Sian Qialaj,
Silvia Sian Qialaj, '13 graduate
Barbara Tartan,
Barbara Tartan, '13 Secretary & sister, Jacinta
Enjoying Time Together at a Meeting
Enjoying Time Together at a Meeting

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