Following up from our previous report, we would like to share with our wonderful donors more about Eulalia Piragui´s experience as she continues to pursue a teaching degree in a local institute in Villa Ygatimí, in the department of Canindeyú. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we want to show the joy of Eulalia proudly sharing the amazing job she does with her students.
Eulalia is particularly proud and happy of the opportunity of being able to practice what she is learning in school already, as she currently has a position as a pre-school teacher in an indigenous community near the Mbaracayú Reserve where she teaches children ages 4 to 6 in the morning, and goes to the university at night.
This is nothing new for Eulalia who graduated from the Mbaracayú Educational Center in 2011, where, for 3 years, she studied and developed practical hands-on experience while “learning by doing” and working in the different school enterprises the school has developed.
With your support for graduates from the Mbaracayú School, especially for indigenous female students like Eulalia, we are empowering young girls and equipping them with a life-long entrepreneurial spirit to overcome poverty.
With great joy and pride we want to introduce Eulalia Piragui, a student who graduated from the Mbaracajú Girls School in 2011, and is currently pursuing her second year of university studies to get a teaching degree with the support of our wonderful donors!
Eulalia is one of many Ache students that the Mbaracajú School has been fortunate to serve. She attends a local Institute in Villa Ygatimí, and has proven to have excellent teaching skills as she is already working as a pre-school teacher at a school in the Aché Community of Arroyo Bandera (an indigenous community near the Mbaracayú Reserve). This position allows her to practice and improve her teaching skills.
This is a great achievement for the Mbaracayú Educational Center and for women of the Aché Community in Arroyo Bandera. Thanks to the opportunity to study, and because of her determination and hard effort, Eulalia is already fulfilling her goals of teaching and living her dream of giving back to her community. She is a mother of two beautiful children, a boy and a girl, one of whom, Mary Esther, spent time with her mother while attending the Mbaracajú school which allowed Eulalia to complete her high school diploma in 2011, and has now allowed her to continue her studies and become a teacher in her community.
There is no doubt that your support for students from the Mbaracajú School, and especially for indigenous women students represents a big jump in their lives, a unique opportunity to improve their quality of life and a build better future for themselves and their children.
Thanks to your generous contribution, this week 7 of the students who graduated from the School in Mbaracayu in 2011 have started their second year at the National University of Villarica. These girls are pursuing various degrees including psychology, accounting, environmental engineering, zootechnics and agro-industrial engineering.
They are pursuing four-year programs to which they have to add the time that it takes them to develop and defend a thesis project upon completion of required courses to receive their university diploma. We have received the reports from their university with satisfactory results that prove the support you are providing for the girls is a valuable investment for their future! Most of the girls would like to work in their field of study when they graduate, preferably in their communities, but are also willing to work elsewhere in the country where they can continue to grow professionally. They have dreams to continue their studies, but this will depend on economic conditions upon graduation.
Some of the girls are already working while in school: two of them work in a telephone company, one has joined the firefight department as a volunteer and is undergoing training to become a firefighter, two other girls have small businesses of catalog products sale. These way the girls are able to help their families by covering some of their basic daily expenses that along with the scholarships they receive allows them to continue with their studies.The scholarships for school and housing spending have been a great contribution, allowing the girls to live in a comfortable and safe place that enables the students to be focused on their education as they pursue their dreams of a better future.
Thank you so much for your support! We wish our students a very successful 2013!
For the second time in the still short life of our dear Mbaracayu Girls School of Environmental Entrepreneurs, it is with great pride and honor that we hereby present our Class of 2012.
Tomorrow, Friday December 14th, 40 girls will say "mission accomplished!" and graduate with many dreams and hopes for a brilliant future, a future of prosperity that they have been preparing for during their 3 years at the school.
The girls will receive a Technical High School Diploma in Environmental Sciences, and from there, some will take jobs, others will pursue further studies, while still others will do both!
Join us in celebrating this beautiful group of girl entrepreneurs, youth of today, future leaders and change agents of tomorrow. They are the change we want to see in our beloved nation!
The beautiful and motivating story of Sirlene and Liz Mancuello Machado
They are young and know that dreams come true through two secrets: persistence and dedication. Sirlene and Liz Mancuello Machado finished their studies in Mbaracayu Education Center (MEC), driven by Fundación Paraguaya. Now they are in the National University of Villarrica with scholarships.
Sirlene always had a hard time studying because of the distance, as they generally lived 50 or more kilometers from the nearest school. "Always going from one school to another. I finished the ninth grade and went to Brazil because my grandmother lived there ... it was a women's college. In Brazil I had to redo the eighth grade and so I lost a year, "she recalls. During the years 2002 and 2005 she left school while waiting for her younger sister to get to the same course, so they would go to school together. The dilemma of distance was always present. That's why instead of ending at 18, she finished her studies at age 21.
When she arrived at EMC, she realized that life was giving her a great opportunity. Since she never gave up, she took the last three school years with her sister, came out best student and was selected to go to college. She chose an engineering career in agribusiness and now her life is only projected to continue growing. For Liz, she chose an engineering degree in animal zootechnics. She says that since she was small she has a very strong call for veterinary, and she chose zootechnics because this career is closely related to her passion. "I always helped my brother who is a veterinarian and I always wanted to be like him, "she says. The two outstanding students left their families to move to Villarrica and face this stage of training. The smile in both faces reflects happiness at being able to touch their dreams with their own hands. Both say that if you do not give up you can conquer all and even more.
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