Hola to all Circulo Supporters!
First, this is to thank those of you who have remained steady in your support of the
Circle of Women through these difficult financial times. We have held our budget tight
at about $40,000. It has been a bit of a struggle because the peso has risen in value and
we did not want to cut salaries. Pura Vida coffee company out of Seattle which buys
coffee in the Miramar area is now underwriting our health program.
It has been a great year. The exhibit of the weavings at El Museo de Textile in Oaxaca
has brought international attention to the work of the women. Their growth is evident
in their graciousness in greeting people and staying in contact with the museum. We,
can not say enough about the staff who have been wondreful to work with. They are as
happy as we are about the success of the exhibit. The weavers will now make a decision if
they want to move the exhibit or sell their weavings.
Patty Tovar, Phd, Director of Projects, and Augustina Lopez, Miramar Literacy Teacher,
just visited Boston to present their work with the literacy program at the We Learn
Conference in RI. It is clear after the presentation to literacy professionals that we
have indeed created something quite special and useful cross-culturally and for a variety of
bilingual situations. Patty will apply the cirriculum with one more indigenous group,
Zapotec women (rug makers), and will begin familiarizing the education folks in Mexico.
This year’s work of the health program will be more focused on physical and emotional
health issues of women. This will be more intensive than previously and will involve
training of health personnel in the community. Work will include how to stay safe in
abusive situations, negotiation techniques, and illnesses unique to women. Armida
Sanchez, MD and the women have put together a challenging program.
We hope you will continue to support this rather unique program which among other
things is a think tank for cross-cultural work and creator of new understandings in the
field of development.
Thank you for all your help from the women of Miramar.
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