Dear Kateri Friends,
The Intern Project is on hold until we reach the minimum of $1500 in donations. We need that amount to get started placing young women in intern postions. The donations we have already received have been put into a savings account earmarked for this project. It is waiting for the added funds needed to get started.
We have received many applications, but have unfortunately had to tell them that we are waiting for funding. Juana Vidalia Cutzal is one of the young women. She graduated in 2009 prepared for a bookkeeping career. Soon after graduation she was offered a postition with the institution in Guatemala City where she did her practicum. Due to her lack of experience, the position did not work out. It was a big blow to her confidence. She is in need of a positive work experience and guidance to build her confidence again.
Another applicant is a young mother in San Juan Comalapa. There is an internship waiting for her in a local school, but no money to fund it. The school is run by the parents and is surviving on a shoestring. The internship not only provides experience for a young women, but makes available more help for the students at the school. In the past, interns there have staffed a library, assisted the Parent Council, and conducted conferences with the parents of students who were falling behind.
Those of you who have donated see the value of our intern project. Please encourage your friends to donate as well. We would like to meet our minimum goal of $1500 by June 1st, so we can get the project started for the new semester.
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