Dear Kateri Friends,
The intern program is still on hold until we reach a minimum of $1500 in donations. The benefits of the program are great and it is needed, but we cannot start this new program until we have adequate funding
An example of the benefits the intern program both to the growth of young woman and to the place she receives her work experience is demonstrated by the story of Silvia Chex Quina from San Juan Comalapa. Silvia is 21 years old. In 2010 Silvia graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Comerciales in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango with a degree in Accounting. Through the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund Silvia returned to her primary school, Centro Educativo Mixto Parroquial “Medalla Milagrosa”, a school that primarily serves indigenous students, to serve as an intern.
Silvia is the youngest of her six siblings and she lives with her parents and two of her sisters in San Juan Comalapa. Her father, a painter, works as a portrait artist and assists on large art installations. Her mother has an ice cream shop in town. Two of her older sisters are married, another sister is in a convent in Spain, and her brother is studying in Quetzaltenango.
As an intern at the Educativo Medalla Milagrosa, Silvia worked on administrative tasks in the library. Because of her background in accounting, the Parent Council that administers the Education Center asked her to help them with the accounts. She enjoyed using her education in her work, and receiving a stipend as compensation. Her family was also proud of her for using her education in her profession. If Silvia had not been assigned at the school as an intern these jobs would have been left undone.
At the end of her internship, Silvia was able to secure a position as a customer service representative in a local bank. Silvia said of her intern experience, "In the Fund, I have met companions with the desire to improve themselves. I am profoundly thankful for the space that the Fund has given me as an intern, I am satisfied because I gained work experience which helped me get a job."
Two young women are still anticipating an intern position for this second half of the year. They would also benefit from the program. Unfortunately we cannot award internships until we reach the minimum of $1500 in donations. We need that amount to get the intern program started for 2012. The donations we have already received have been put into a savings account earmarked for this project. We have submitted two grants to add to what we receive on Global Giving so we can implement the program. Encourage your friends to get involved with this project. Everything is possible with a little help from a friend.
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