Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay

 
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Silvani's Splendid Orchid Legacy

Silvani and her sister Venancia
Silvani and her sister Venancia

During her time at Mbaracayú, recent graduate Silvani Gimenez’s love for orchids prompted her to develop, oversee, and care for the school’s beautiful display of orchid species found in the Mbaracayú forest. She led an expedition of classmates into the forest and discovered 5 new species of orchids to add to the 26 already documented ones. Her work will be published in the 2012 guide to orchids native to the Mbaracayú forest. Silvani and the other students involved in the study and care of the forest's orchids work closely with Fundación Bertoni in the area of research and conservation.

Silvani comes from a family of eight siblings. Her oldest 4 brothers never had an opportunity to study, while one of her younger sisters, Venancia Gimenez, is a student at Mbaracayu’s Girls School, following in Silvani’s footsteps. Silvani hopes to begin her university studies in February, 2012.

Orchids preserved in the school
Orchids preserved in the school's display
Silvani tends to the school
Silvani tends to the school's orchids
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Project Leader

Luis Sanabria

General Manager
Asuncion, Paraguay

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Map of Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay