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.
Celsa Acosta is an emerging leader and role model for women worldwide. She was bestowed the honor of being nominated by the U.S. State Department to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) hosted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in The United States. Celsa is recognized for the work she has done over the years to promote youth rights and in her current capacity as the director of the Mbaracayú Girls School. Celsa traveled to the U.S. in March and over the course of three weeks, she and other women leaders from around the globe participated in a professional exchange, including workshops and networking that will enable them to support and encourage each other in a variety of areas centered around women’s rights. In her position as the director of a school that caters to the most vulnerable girls in the country, Celsa is gratified knowing that she continues to build upon a strong base of leadership and transfer that knowledge and passion to the young women she serves at the Mbaracayú.
Celsa is a “mother” to so many young women at the school, along with being a mother to her own two birth children. With Mother’s Day approaching, please consider honoring mothers everywhere with a Global Giving’s Mother’s Day Tribute Card as a gift this year. Global Giving is hosting a campaign from now until March 13, 2012, in which $500 will be awarded to the top 10 projects with the most donors who make donations as gifts during the campaign. Please tell a friend! Together we can continue to turn these girls’ dreams into a reality. Thank you so much for your support. Best wishes to you and to all special moms for a Happy Mother’s Day!
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This picture depicts the typical conditions of the roads in the region of the school. After a recent storm, the already delicate roads heading out to the school and the hotel were further damaged and became simply inaccessible. The girls from the school were highly motivated and worked hard to improve the conditions of the road. Not only do these entrepreneurial young women demonstrate how much they care about their school, but they continue to amaze everyone with how much they give to the community at large. With hopes of continuing their education at the university level, these young women and others like them, will be better positioned to contribute in a sustainable and meaningful way to Paraguayan society.
February 27 2012 was not merely another rainy day in the Mbaracyú Forest Reserve. Despite the challenges posed by almost impassible roads, 45 new students’ lives were about to change for the better as they were welcomed into the folds at the Mbaracayú Girls School. The new students hailed from rural communities near and far. They were shown to their rooms, given a tour, and made to feel at home by staff and students alike. The day unfolded with icebreakers and team building activities, creating a fun atmosphere filled with love and support to help the girls integrate with their peers. As the day progressed, the initial nervousness that the new students and their families felt subsided, and was replaced by a feeling of excitement. Fundación Paraguaya and Fundación Moises Bertoni provided the girls with personal affects and school supplies they needed to start off the school year. These young women are on the path to being college bound! Please help them and their peers continue on the path of higher education by making it possible for them to acheive a seemingly impossible dream---to attend univeristy.
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