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Jan 10, 2020

Empowering the families of our women artisans

Jose Miguel shares his happiness with his mom
Jose Miguel shares his happiness with his mom

We are very happy to share with you the start of the new school year of 2020. Our goal has always been to support the sons and daughters of the weavers of Santiago Atitlan, so that they would not stop attending school. This is one of the ways we empower the families of the artisans. 

This year José Miguel starts to study to become an accountant. Thanks to the help of the program he is the first of his family to pursue his dreams.

Three of our students in middle school, Lourdes, Israel and Pedro, are discovering in this step of their academic preparation the areas in which they excel to choose the career for which they will be studying in the future.

The brothers Misael and Oliver are excited because this year they are going to finish elementary school. These two young boys have persevered and improved greatly in their studies, notwithstanding the difficulties that their families face, and they have become an example to their two younger brothers.

These kids dream of becoming professionals one day and in January, they can gain even more motivation to start the year by relying on their school material. Donate a smile to each one of these kids and kindly contribute to help them buy their school material.

The students are excited to start the school year
The students are excited to start the school year
The brother Oliver and Misael learning new things
The brother Oliver and Misael learning new things
Misael and Isreal committed to reach their goal
Misael and Isreal committed to reach their goal
They all dream to become professionals
They all dream to become professionals
Dec 11, 2019

Lourdes' dream

This is Lourdes
This is Lourdes

Lourdes is 14 years old, she is attending secondary school and she is a beneficiary of our program. Her dream is to become a doctor. When we asked her why, she answered that she wants to help the people from her community to stop suffering from health problems. She is aware that in her community there are many neglecting their health because they do not have the resources to get cured or because there are not enough doctors in the area.

The path to accomplish her dream entails long years of intense studying, which also due to the economic situation, will prove to be challenging. However, despite the obstacles, she does not lose hope. 

In this time of the year, when the start of a new school cycle gets closer, the situation gets difficult for parents. Money is often not enough to buy school material for their children, as commonly families have four or five children attending school at the same time. 

For this reason, often children do not receive all the material they need to go to school. For how little it can seem to us, this is often one of the reasons why children leave school. In Lourdes’ case is even harder as she only receives financial support from her brothers in her family.

With the donation of our supporters, we will be able to buy school material for Lourdes and other 11 children in Santiago and allow them to attend the next school year. 

Lourdes, as her schoolmates in the program, is doing what she can to move forward towards her dreams. For this reason, we want to help her and the students in the Mano a Mano program to be able to reach them. 

Lourdes revising Tz'utujil, her native language
Lourdes revising Tz'utujil, her native language
Lourdes and her siblings
Lourdes and her siblings
The children of our social program
The children of our social program
Our beneficiaries during a workshop
Our beneficiaries during a workshop
Nov 14, 2019

End of school year 2019 with excitement, joy and a genuine 'thank you' to our donors

Concepcion becoming a teacher
Concepcion becoming a teacher

In Guatemala, young people and children are often denied the opportunity to study for a variety of reasons, the main one being the lack of financial resources in their families. In Santiago Atitlán, elementary schools are public while for the higher levels, middle school and high schools, are almost exclusively private. Due to this, many families cannot afford to pay the monthly school fees for the higher education of their children and the extra costs deriving from books and other material. In most cases, young people are destined to stop their academic trajectory after elementary school or even earlier to start working and providing for their families. Another issue is the archaic belief that only men have the right to go to school, which persists in some families in the community and still affects young girls. 

Acknowledging this situation, Cojolya seeks to empower children and young people through education and to prepare them for a better life no matter their gender or economic situation.

This month we want to share with you the victory, the joy and the excitement of our beneficiaries: Julisa and Concepción are now new professionals in our community. On 27th October 2019, the two girls became teachers and demonstrated to the community that, with effort and dedication, women can achieve their dreams. On this joyful day, we would like to dedicate these achievements to our donors, who gave the support to make this possible.

We would also like to share with you the happiness and pride of Manuel and his family for the completion of the first step of his academic career: the graduation from elementary school. 

Everything that we have achieved this year is the fruit of the support of our donors, which enabled these young people to reach their objectives and change their destiny for the better. Now the life of our beneficiaries will be different from that of most young people in the community who start working from the age of 13 to help their parents cover the needs of the household. For the future, this is the reality we aim to change.

Our objective is that every childbenefiting from our program can one day become a professional, just like Concepción and Julissa, so that they will have access in the future to a dignified and well remunerated job. And thanks to that, may they be able to enhance the economic situation of their family. 

Julissa, happy to finally be a teacher
Julissa, happy to finally be a teacher
Julissa and Concepcion with their diplomas
Julissa and Concepcion with their diplomas
Excited Manuel upon receiving his diploma
Excited Manuel upon receiving his diploma
Manuel is happy to have reached his first goal
Manuel is happy to have reached his first goal
 
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