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.
Aug 12, 2013

Still Meeting and Learning

A Singing Sharing
A Singing Sharing

Many of the young women you supportrd last year are still meeting and learning.  Two new young women joined the continuing students in 2013.  The all still need your support.

 At our July meeting, we tried a new technique.  Mishel Cutzal, interning with the Kateri Fund to get some work experience, presented an entertainig way to share learning.  The theme was Personal Hygiene.  The young women were divided into groups.  Each group was given part of an article on Personal Hygiene to read. The group was asked to report on what they had read using their creativity.  Two groups reported with a song.  Another presented a  funny skit that was very entertaining. Mishel awarded points according to a scale that had been explained to the group at the beginning. They included smiles, level of participation, initiative, and creativity. There was a tie for first place with 95 points, so the two groups were declared the winners and will receive a prize at the meeting next month.  Everyone enjoyed participating in a new way.  In their individual interviews they shared the new things that  they learned about personal hygiene and its importance in daily life.

Francisca Sirin is finishing up her student teaching and will graduate in October.  She is very busy as she  does her student teaching in the morning and is attending her own classes in the afternoon.

Silvia Sian Quiej also will graduate this year as a teacher.  She is preparing her seminar presentation and then will do her student teaching.  The last year of studies is always very demanding, but she expects all to go well.

Blanca Surec, Aura Curruchiche,  Lily Garcia Alvarado, Reina Cuxil, Sandra Lopez Cotji, and Paula del Carmen Cali all have averages in the 80's.  They are good students working hard to succeed. 

Adela Surec is doing even better with an average of 91%.  She wants to keep it above 90%.  Her parents are very proud of her and are giving her the support that she needs to do well

Clara Ecomac To, Glenda Tum To, Barbara Tarton, and Marilena Patzan are all working hard to maintain their average of 70%.

The young women appreciate the confidence their  supporters show in them.  They often say that they do not want to let their supporters down and that it gives them an extra incentive to keep at their studies. Thank you for your past support. Think about giving again.

Another Sharing
Another Sharing
Aug 8, 2013

Teaching Each Other about Personal Hygiene

Adela
Adela

At our July meeting, we tried a new technique.  Mishel Cutzal, interning with the Kateri Fund to get some work experience, presented an entertainig way to share learning.  The theme was Personal Hygiene.  The young women were divided into groups.  Each group was given part of an article on Personal Hygiene to read. The group was asked to report on what they had read using their creativity.  Two groups reported with a song.  Another presented a  funny skit that was very entertaining. Mishel awarded points according to a scale that had been explained to the group at the beginning. They included smiles, level of participation, initiative, and creativity. There was a tie for first place with 95 points, so the two groups were declared the winners and will receive a prize at the meeting next month.  Everyone enjoyed participating in a new way.  In their individual interviews they shared the new things that  they learned about personal hygiene and its importance in daily life.

Francisca Sirin is finishing up her student teaching and will graduate in October.  She is very busy as she  does her student teaching in the morning and is attending her own classes in the afternoon.

Silvia Sian Quiej also will graduate this year as a teacher.  She is preparing her seminar presentation and then will do her student teaching.  The last year of studies is always very demanding, but she expects all to go well.

Blanca Surec, Aura Curruchiche,  Lily Garcia Alvarado, Reina Cuxil, Sandra Lopez Cotji, and Paula del Carmen Cali all have averages in the 80's.  They are good students working hard to succeed. 

Adela Surec is doing even better with an average of 91%.  She wants to keep it above 90%.  Her parents are very proud of her and are giving her the support that she needs to do well

Clara Ecomac To, Glenda Tum To, Barbara Tarton, and Marilena Patzan are all working hard to maintain their average of 70%.

The young women appreciate the confidence that you show in them with your support.  They often say that they do not want to let their supporters down and that it gives them an extra incentive to keep at their studies. Thank you for your support. 

Francisca Sirin
Francisca Sirin
Sharing a Song about Personal Hygiene
Sharing a Song about Personal Hygiene
Another Song to Share
Another Song to Share
Jul 16, 2013

Women of Chumanzana Recycle Plastic Bottles

Preparing the Materials
Preparing the Materials

The Women of Chmanzana have found a unique way to use empty plastic soda bottles and bags.   ADEMI, the Kateri Tekakwitha Funds non- profit partner, taught the women how to to build raised bed gardens.stuffing the  empty plastic soda bottles  with the plastic bags   We have bulit a demonstration garden and now are following up with support for the other women as they construct their own gardens.   We plan to provide seeds and starter plants along with enriched soil to fill the gardens to provide a firm beginning for each garden. We will continue to accompany the women on a weekly basis with advice and encouragement. When the women in Chumanzana have gotten a good start with their gardens, we will offer the same project to the women in Santa Clara

We have been providing workshops which encourage the women in Chumanzana and in Santa Clara la Laguna to use the vegetables they grow in new ways.  Thanks to  your donations, we have been able to provide these workshops to the seven women in Chumanzana and the twelve women in Santa Clara la Laguna that are associated with the Fund.  To continue to provide the support these women need, we will need to fully fund this project by July 31, 2013.  Please let your friends know of this need or make a donation yourself.  Fourteen $10 recurring donations would fully fund the project for a year.

Building the Raised Bed
Building the Raised Bed
Candelaria Sut Explaining the Next Steps
Candelaria Sut Explaining the Next Steps

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