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.
Jan 3, 2014

Moving Along!

Candelaria with her Avocado Sapling
Candelaria with her Avocado Sapling

Candelaria Sut has been planning workshops for the women in Santa Clara la Laguna, Solola and Chumanzana, Chichicastenago, Quiche which have kept the women moving along. 

She worked with each of the women in Chumanzana to construct their raised bed using plastic bottles.  They next  prepared the soil to fill their beds.  They gathered organic fertilizar, decomposed leaves, soil, and worm compost.  They added a small amount of lime  to disinfect the soil  and then mixed  all the ingredients together.  This soil mixture was used to fill the raised beds. 

They planted cilantro, radishes, celery, parsley, lettuce, two kinds of  beets, onions, leeks, two kinds of cabbage, tomato, and chipilin.  These were all starter plants that the women had requested.  They also planted squash outside their raised bed as it needs a lot of room to grow.  Each woman received an avocado sapling for their patio.  Candelaria reported that the children were involved along with their mothers and are learning about organic gardening along with them.

Candelaria arranged for a workshop in Chumanzana given by a promotor from ADEMI, our partner in Tecpan, that taught them how to make organic  insecticide, fertilizar, and fungicide.   The women worked in groups learning the steps as they produced each product so they can do it on their own in the future.  The children again were involved so they will become future organic gardeners. 

In Santa Clara la Laguna, the emphasis so far has been on constructing a demonstation garden in the home of Juana Tuj, our partner there.  Candelaria will work with those who wish to replicate the raised bed garden in their own homes.

The women are all working hard to make their garden a success.  They are looking forward to having vegetables to add to their diet of mostly tortillas and beans. 

The ADEMI Promotor Explains Part of the Process
The ADEMI Promotor Explains Part of the Process
Manuela Explains Steps to Make Organic Fertilizar
Manuela Explains Steps to Make Organic Fertilizar
Bottling the Fertilizar for Each House!
Bottling the Fertilizar for Each House!
Demonstration Garden in Santa Clara la Laguna
Demonstration Garden in Santa Clara la Laguna
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.

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