Scholarships & Training for Rural Guatemalan Women

 
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Adela with her Parents and the School Director
Adela with her Parents and the School Director

The 2014 school year is finished and the thirteen young women in this year's program celebrated with fun, games , and a great meal of barbacued chicken at the Albergues de Tecpan. It is a green space with many beautiful plants and areas for games and a restaurant with good food. They divided themselves into groups and each group shared a game which was enjoyed by all.

The first group of alumni who started in the program in 1994 was invited to celebrate with the present students. Paula , Juana , and Carmela were able to attend and share the fun.  They all are role models for the young women.  Both Paula and Juana have their university degrees.  They are honored to use the title Licenciada which is a hard earned graduate degree.  Juana is working with the Fund as bookkeeper and in charge of the Intern Program and Paula is working with adolescents in a program of sex education with a goal of preventing teen pregenancies.  Carmela also has her university degree in anthropology.  She was the very first scholarship holder and is now the Coordinator of the Education Program.

Reina, Lily, Sandra, and Adela are this year's high school graduates.

Reina's career is preschool teacher.  She is looking forward to finding a job and being able to help her family economically.  She really enjoyed her practice teaching and can't wait to get started with her own class.

Lily specialized in computers. She is very satisfied to reach her goal and prove to her parents that when she sets her mind to something, she can accomplish it no matter the obstacles. 

Sandra finished her high school training as a commercial secretary.  She knows that the competition for a job is stiff, so she plans to take courses in English and computers next year to improve her chances of getting work. 

Adela will be looking for a job as a bookkeeper.  Her ultimate goal is to have her own accounting office, but in the meantime, she will need to get experience in someone else's office.

Florinda and Eva graduated from junior high and will be continuing on to high school next year. Flory has chosen the career of nursing and Eva will study teaching.

The graduates were all honored with a small gift and they expressed their happiness to have finished their high school studies and thanked all who helped them through the Fund.

It was a wonderful day when all were able to share with each other and celebrate another year of sucesses!

2014 Scholars and Alumni
2014 Scholars and Alumni
Florinda, 2014 Junior High Graduate
Florinda, 2014 Junior High Graduate
2014 Graduates: Adela, Reina, and Sandra
2014 Graduates: Adela, Reina, and Sandra
Alumni Juana, Paula and her daughter and Carmela
Alumni Juana, Paula and her daughter and Carmela

  In August, the Kateri Scholars visited the Museo Ixchel in Guatemala City.  The museum is focused on weaving and its importance in the Indigenous culture.  Most of the young women and/or their mothers are weavers and wear traditional dress, but they do not always know the rich tradition they are foillowing.  We have been focusing this year on Leadership and self esteem and knowing about the richness of the Indigenous culture develops good self esteem.  This excursion directly worked to inform the young women of their roots.

The museum guide started the tour with a video which told of the history of the weaving and use of the traditional dress they wear.  It also talked of the impact the Spanish invasion had on the culture.  After the video, the guide led them through the museum exhibits explaining about the various types of thread before the conquest and the new types introduced by the Spanards.  She also spoke of the tools used in weaving and the types of looms.  The last part of the tour focused on the traditional dress of the different villages and regions and the paintings of Andres Curruchiche, a primitive painter of San Jaun Comalapa, depicting various customs.

The young women were impressed with all they saw and heard.  Adela said that she learned a lot about the origin of weaving and was glad to see that the traditional dress was being conserved, so its history would always be available as presently there are  many changes.  Sandra Lourdes and Reina  were happy to be able to share with the other young women and learn with them about their customs and traditions.  Flory was impressed with the paintings of Andres Currichiche.  Even though he couldn't read or write, he was able to become an excellent painter.  Clara and Paula found the information about the  the evolution of the tradtional dress interesting..  It made them realize that change is always happening.   Glenda realized from the explication and her own observation how important the culture of each village is.  Aura said that her family had heard of the museum, but had never visited it.  They were waiting at home eager to hear what she saw.  Marilena said that thanks to the trip she knows more about her culture and no longer is ignorant about its value.  They all felt the trip added to their knowledge of their own world.

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.
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
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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