Thanks to the support of local officals and generous donors, we have completed our new dormitory! We purchased the land in August, and began work in November, and finally finished building in March. Now we have a beautiful new dormitory, where 15 girls live and go to high school in Ollantaytambo. This year one of our girls is graduating, and she has been with us since the start of the project! Next year we will increase our size to 20 girls at the dormitory.
This coming year our focus is starting a bakery project that will allow our dormitory to become self-sustainable. Our first student to have graduated, Dina, now attends an accounting school in Urubamba. She is helping us create a business plan for the bakery, and once it is opened she will work as the accountant for the bakery. We are so proud that is has continued to pursue an education post-secondary school, and that she has found a career she is passionate for and interested in. Not only will the bakery allow our organization to become self-sustainable, it will also allow us to expand educational support and opportunities, while also teaching the girls vocational skills and economic independence post graduation.
Again, we want to thank every person who has contributed to our cause, as you have impacted these girls lives and allowed them to get an education. We are so grateful that we were able to build our own dormitory, as we can now expand when it is right for the project and we now have a space that we can grow into. We are so excited to begin work on the bakery project, as we will be able to incorporate the community and offer the girls a valuable experience post-secondary training.
With the generous support of local officals and donations from wonderful individuals, we were able to purchase our own land in August, start building our very own dormitory in December and complete the project this March! Currently we have 15 girls living in the dormitory, and next year we will have 20 girls living with us and attending secondary school. We've had many great volunteers this year who have helped us paint the dormitory, teach the girls fun games and educational lessons, and run workshops to teach the girls about topics such as self-esteem and how to craft a resumé. Thanks to our tutors, who are all local teachers, the girls are all doing great in school and continue to be grateful for their education.
Our first graduate, Dina, is now attending an accounting school in Urubamba while she helps us create business plans for the bakery we are starting so we can become self-sustainable. Once the bakery is up and running, Dina will work as the accountant there! We are so proud of her growth, and her interest in pursuing a career she enjoys. Her previous vocational training, dedication and leadership makes her a perfect person to help run the bakery. We know this position will be an excellent experience for Dina and help her with economic independence and work skills, as well as fostering her creative abilities. She has shown great interest in wanting to give back to a program that enabled her to acquire her secondary degree and continue studying in her area of interest. She has expressed a desire to train other girls, once she feels settled in the position, and to become even more involved in the bakery and the community’s success.
We are so happy to now have our own building where we can expand to accomodate girls when it is right for our organization. Having our own land and building saves us money, that we can then reinvest in the community and in the girl's education. We are so thankful for all the support we've recieved through the building of the dormitory, and we are excited to get started on the bakery. It will not only help us become self-sustainable, but it will also expand our educational support and opportunities while teaching the girls vocational skills and economic indepdence post graduation.
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