Scholarships & Training for Rural Guatemalan Women

 
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Jun 30, 2014

Leadership Models Animate Kateri Students

Lizabeth and Vilma  Leaders in their Community
Lizabeth and Vilma Leaders in their Community

The theme of this year's monthly workshops is "Leadership in the Indigenous Community".  Emilsa, the person in charge of these workshops, has planned activities to model this leadership style for the Kateri students.  She started out with three workshops in self esteem.  Her purpose was to encourage the young women to see themselves as capable of realizing their goals in life- that they were people who had value and possibilities. 

The culmination of the workshops was for the young women to state what they wanted  their future to be like- their goals.  They drew a vision of this future and added their thoughts in writng.  Some wanted to be nurses and work in a health clinic.  Others wanted to be teachers and teach children  Many saw themselves as secretaries in offices.  Adela's goal was to work in an accountants office to get experience and finally have her own business.  Sandra Cecelia is planning a future as a children's doctor.  They all have a positive view of their future.

A second phase of the workshops has presented positive role models for the young women. At the April meeting, Lisabeth and Vilma, two young women from San Juan Comalapa, shared the projects they were working on as leaders.  Graduates of the Kateri Education Program were invited to the May meeting to talk about their experiences as students and after.  The young women were impressed with how much the lives of the graduates had improved as a result of their education.  They now are leaders in their communities. The students asked many questions.  The experiences of all these young women encouraged the students and gave them a model of what is possible. 

Emilsa and I are pleased with the enthusiasm that the young women have shown and we expect their belief in themselves as leaders in their community will comntinue to grow.

Sandra Cecelia Planning to be a Doctor
Sandra Cecelia Planning to be a Doctor
Adela Dreams of Having her own Accounting Firm.
Adela Dreams of Having her own Accounting Firm.
Mar 19, 2014

2014 Gets Started

Manuela and Clara of Santa Clara la Laguna
Manuela and Clara of Santa Clara la Laguna

On January 19, 2014, the first meeting of the new school year was held.  The theme of the meetings for this year is "Being a Leader in the Indigenous Community".  Workshop Leader, Emila and Program Graduate Cristina  led the activity for this meeting.  The young women were photographed in pairs to give them an opportunity to interact and to get to know each other better.  The students also had an opportunity to discuss their current academic and personal goals and family situations with the Education Program Coordinator, Carmela Paz Bal.  

Sandra Cecilia is very happy to begin a new stage in her education. She will start her high school career training in Medicine.  Her parents work in agriculture and want all of their children to succeed in their studies.  They have high expectations for their children.  

Adela  will graduate as an accountant this year.  She wants to get good grades and be successful in her practice in an accounting office and seminar project.  She also will help her mother at home.  Her father will work in agriculture more this year as his church postion has ended.  Her siblings are all studying except for one who, because of the cost of school, will wait until next year to begin his career training. 

Paula del Carmen  is in her second year of career studies this year. She enjoys her studies in Childhood Education.  Her mother doesn't have steady work and is weaving typical blouses for the family.  Her mother and her two older brothers are looking for work, but still haven't found any.  Her younger brother is working weaving napkins.  Her other siblings are in elementary school.

Reina  is excited about graduating this year,  She plans to work hard to get good grades and share with her classmates and teachers. She will be doing her practice teaching.  She is eager to make new friends.  Her family farms corn.  Her mother weaves napkins.  Her sister is in sixth grade and one of her brother is in first grade. Her youngest brother is only four years old.  

Marilena is in her second year of career training in Accounting.  She has changed school because of the disorganization in her former school  Her father had a stroke in December and is recovering and working in church activities.  Right now the family is preparing land for planting peas.  

Sandra Lourdes will graduate from secretarial school this year.  Her goal is to get good grades and study hard.  Her mother is sick and recovering at home.  Her father works in agriculture to support the family.  Her parents are happy she is receiving support from the Kateri Fund.  

Clara is in her first year of high school career training working with a focus on Medicine.  Her goal is to hand in all her work on time, be respectful to everyone and take care of herself.  Her father works in agriculture and her mother embroiders blouses.  She wants to be a good student and prays for others, especially those she helps.  

Glenda is beginning her high school career training as a teacher.  She wants to be disciplined, organized, and improve her spelling and handwriting.  She wants to help her family.  Her father works in agriculture and her mother manages the home.  They are happy she is working toward a career.

Lily will graduate this year with a high school degree in Computer Science.  She wants to  help her parents and others who need help.  Her father picks coffee and her mother sells tortillas.

Flory is in 9th grade.  Her goals for the future are to study computers and nursing, then continue in college for a career in Clinical Psychology.  She lives alone and works and studies in Panajachel.  She is originally from Totonicapan.  Her mother died twenty-eight years ago and her father is an alcoholic with occasional work as a carpenter.  Florinda is very happy about her Kateri scholarship because it gives her motivation to continue.

Lety is in 8th grade and wants to do well and write more.  Her father is harvesting the dried corn and is planting peas and herbs to sell in the village market.

Eva Marina is in 9th grade and wants to do well and help her mother at home.  Her family works in the fields, plants corn and coffee, and also limes, oranges and plums.  Her father doesn't work regularly and is an alcoholic.

All of the girls are extremely grateful to you as a suporter of the Kateri Fund .  Because of your donations they are able to continue their studies.  In apreciation of your help, they try very hard to do well in school and help their families and communities. 

Now is a good time to make an additional donation.  As the new year starts, we are committed to providing a program for these 12 young women for 2014.  We will need donations from people like you to accomplish our goal.  We thank you for what you have done in the past and look forward to your collaboration in the future.

 

 

Lily of Yepocapa & Paula of San Juan Comalapa
Lily of Yepocapa & Paula of San Juan Comalapa
Reina and Sandra of Tecpan
Reina and Sandra of Tecpan
Marilena  & Sandra of Zaragoza
Marilena & Sandra of Zaragoza
Catarina of Panajachel & Adela of Tecpan
Catarina of Panajachel & Adela of Tecpan
Lety of Pavit & Eva of Hacienda Maria
Lety of Pavit & Eva of Hacienda Maria
Dec 23, 2013

School Year Ends in Guatemala

Barbara Tartan, 2013  secretarial graduate
Barbara Tartan, 2013 secretarial graduate

The Guatemalan school year ended in October.  Carmela Paz Bal planned an end of the year excursion and party to celebrate.  Read her report below. 

Excursion to the Instituto Técnico de Capacitacion (INTECAP). 

INTECAP is a government agency which provides both technical and degree career education for Guatemalans  This excursion aided all the young women to increase their knowledge of possible career choices.

They were received by the manager who gave a talk on the difference between a technical career and the short courses available, the requirements , and the costs.  He animated the group to prepare themselves and always to keep learning new things.

The group then toured the facility and visited the laboratory of each of the careers.  The instructors gave an explication of their area of study and encouraged the young women to study careers that were not common for women like electronics, auto mechanics, carpentry, and refrigeration. 

Afterwards, the group visited the workshops of cooking, cake decorating, beauty salon including hair styling, manicure, and pedicure, flower arranging, tailoring, and repair of industrial sewing machines.

Many of the young women showed an interest in the courses because they are good courses.  They are an inexpensive way to prepare yourself for a career. 

Clausura 

After the excursion to INTECAP, the young women traveled by bus to La Villa Restaurant in El Tejar to celebrate the ending of the year with lunch and the presentation of gifts

 

Andrea, a 2012 graduate,  was the master of ceremonies.  She and the other 2012 graduates who volunteered in the program this year, Mishel,and Crisitina were presented with thank you gifts. 

The 2013 high school graduates, Silvia, Blanca, Francisca, and Barbara were recognized for their achievement with a gift as well.  Blanca and Silvia received a diploma in Science and Letters with an Orientation in Tourism, Barbara as a office secretary, and Francisca as a Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Elementary School Teacher. 

Glenda, Sandra, and Clara graduated from junior high school and will start high school career training in 2014.

Candelaria led the gift exchange.  Each of the young women wrote a phrase on a sheet of paper.   Then they chose a paper. The phrase was read and a gift was exchanged with the person who wrote the phrase.  Everyone enjoyed the fun of hearing the phrases and receiving a gift.

It was a day very fruitful because it was full of both learning and fun!

In January, we will be awarding scholarships to the continuing students and new applicants.  We have nine new candidates who all merit scholarships.  At this date we only have enough funds to give three new scholarships.  We are seeking enough funds for all nine young women.  Our goal is $3000.  If you want to invest in the future of these young women make an extra donation now or encourage your friends and family to get involved.

The Guatemalan school year ended in October.  Carmela Paz Bal planned an end of the year excursion and party to celebrate.  Read her report below.

 

Excursion to the Instituto Técnico de Capacitacion (INTECAP). 

 

INTECAP is a government agency which provides both technical and degree career education for Guatemalans  This excursion aided all the young women to increase their knowledge of possible career choices.

They were received by the manager who gave a talk on the difference between a technical career and the short courses available, the requirements , and the costs.  He animated the group to prepare themselves and always to keep learning new things.

 

The group then toured the facility and visited the laboratory of each of the careers.  The instructors gave an explication of their area of study and encouraged the young women to study careers that were not common for women like electronics, auto mechanics, carpentry, and refrigeration. 

Afterwards, the group visited the workshops of cooking, cake decorating, beauty salon including hair styling, manicure, and pedicure, flower arranging, tailoring, and repair of industrial sewing machines.

Many of the young women showed an interest in the courses because they are good courses.  They are an inexpensive way to prepare yourself for a career.

 

Sandra Lopez, Clara Ecomac To, and Glenda To Tum, 2013 Junior High Graduates

Clausura 

 

After the excursion to INTECAP, the young women traveled by bus to La Villa Restaurant in El Tejar to celebrate the ending of the year with lunch and the presentation of gifts

Andrea Patzan, a 2012 graduate,  was the master of ceremonies.  She and the other 2012 graduates who volunteered in the program this year, Mishel Cutzal,and Crisitina Cuc were presented with thank you gifts. 

The 2013 high school graduates, Silvia Quiej Sian, Blanca Surec, Francisca Sirin, and Barbara Tartan Chuy were recognized for their achievement with a gift as well.  Blanca and Silvia received a diploma in Science and Letters with an Orientation in Tourism, Barbara as a office secretary, and Francisca as a Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Elementary School Teacher. 

Glenda To Tum, Sandra Lopez, and Clara Ecomac To graduated from junior high school and will start high school career training in 2014.

Candelaria Sut led the gift exchange.  Each of the young women wrote a phrase on a sheet of paper.   Then they chose a paper. The phrase was read and a gift was exchanged with the person who wrote the phrase.  Everyone enjoyed the fun of hearing the phrases and receiving a gift.

 

It was a day very fruitful because it was full of both learning and fun!

 

In January, we will be awarding scholarships to the continuing students and new applicants.  We have nine candidates who all merit scholarships.  At this date we only have enough funds to give three new scholarships.  We are seeking enough funds for all nine young women.  Our goal is $3000.  If you want to invest in the future of these young women go to our website to donate.  Click to DONATE NOW!

 

Blanca Surec, 2013 graduate
Blanca Surec, 2013 graduate
Francisca Abelina Sirin, 2013 graduate
Francisca Abelina Sirin, 2013 graduate
Sandra, Clara, and Glenda ,8th grade graduates
Sandra, Clara, and Glenda ,8th grade graduates '13
Silvia Sian Qialaj, 2013 graduate
Silvia Sian Qialaj, 2013 graduate

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Oct 28, 2013

Another School Year Ends with Four Students Graduating

Blanca
Blanca '13 graduate and Mirna '08, her teacher

October ends the school year in Guatemala.  This year, the Kateri Fund has four graduates.  Silvia Sian Quiej, Blanca Surec, Barabara Tartan, and Francisca Cutzal Sian.

Silvia Sian Quiej and Blanc Surec Umul will receive their degree in Tourism and Hotel Management.  They have spent their practicum learning the skills they will need to work in the kitchen, manage events, and the reception desk.   They are eager to find work and continue their studies weekends at the university level.

Barabara Tarton did her secretarial practicum in the Coordinacion Tecnica de Educacion.  She had to stay away from home during the week and missed her family, but it all went well 

Francisca Cutzal Sirin finished her practicum with fourth graders in elementary school.  She enjoyed teaching the students although it was a challenge planning and working with the students in the morning and attending her own classes in the afternoon.  

The new challenge for them all will be to find work.  It can take up to a year.  The young women stay connected to the Kateri Fund by doing volunteer projects with the Fund to repay their scholarships.  Through this connection, we are able to keep them from getting discouraged and to motivate them to keep looking.  We also are seeking funds for our work experience program which places them in community jobs with a stipend.  This provides the experince which many employers require and gives them some income to keep them going. Consider donating to this project at #9862 Work Experience for 10 indigenous women to support the job search of these young women.

The rest of the young women will continue next year in the program.   In November we will be deciding on how many scholarships we will be able to award.  We have more than 20 applicants.  To be able to serve all who have a need, we will need to have this project fully funded by Dec 1. 2013.  Please get the word out to your family and friends and solicit their support.  

Silvia Sian Qialaj,
Silvia Sian Qialaj, '13 graduate
Barbara Tartan,
Barbara Tartan, '13 Secretary & sister, Jacinta
Enjoying Time Together at a Meeting
Enjoying Time Together at a Meeting
Aug 8, 2013

Teaching Each Other about Personal Hygiene

Adela
Adela

At our July meeting, we tried a new technique.  Mishel Cutzal, interning with the Kateri Fund to get some work experience, presented an entertainig way to share learning.  The theme was Personal Hygiene.  The young women were divided into groups.  Each group was given part of an article on Personal Hygiene to read. The group was asked to report on what they had read using their creativity.  Two groups reported with a song.  Another presented a  funny skit that was very entertaining. Mishel awarded points according to a scale that had been explained to the group at the beginning. They included smiles, level of participation, initiative, and creativity. There was a tie for first place with 95 points, so the two groups were declared the winners and will receive a prize at the meeting next month.  Everyone enjoyed participating in a new way.  In their individual interviews they shared the new things that  they learned about personal hygiene and its importance in daily life.

Francisca Sirin is finishing up her student teaching and will graduate in October.  She is very busy as she  does her student teaching in the morning and is attending her own classes in the afternoon.

Silvia Sian Quiej also will graduate this year as a teacher.  She is preparing her seminar presentation and then will do her student teaching.  The last year of studies is always very demanding, but she expects all to go well.

Blanca Surec, Aura Curruchiche,  Lily Garcia Alvarado, Reina Cuxil, Sandra Lopez Cotji, and Paula del Carmen Cali all have averages in the 80's.  They are good students working hard to succeed. 

Adela Surec is doing even better with an average of 91%.  She wants to keep it above 90%.  Her parents are very proud of her and are giving her the support that she needs to do well

Clara Ecomac To, Glenda Tum To, Barbara Tarton, and Marilena Patzan are all working hard to maintain their average of 70%.

The young women appreciate the confidence that you show in them with your support.  They often say that they do not want to let their supporters down and that it gives them an extra incentive to keep at their studies. Thank you for your support. 

Francisca Sirin
Francisca Sirin
Sharing a Song about Personal Hygiene
Sharing a Song about Personal Hygiene
Another Song to Share
Another Song to Share

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