CasaSito Association

CasaSito increases educational opportunities so that children living in poverty can attend school, receive quality instruction, and obtain the skills they need to improve their lives.
Jan 9, 2017

Celebrating our first graduating class at Primavera High School!

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CasaSito's 2016 Primavera High School graduates!

The year 2016 was full of success and celebration for CasaSito Association. Thanks to generous supporters like you, we could celebrate our first graduating class at Primavera High School in November 2016!

After receiving a proposal from a community member asking for CasaSito support them, our founders Alice and Greg decided to visit the rural community of Primavera, located in the department of Quiché in 2008. Upon meeting with members of the community, they saw the need and desire for education, thus CasaSito expanded its services to Primavera.

CasaSito with the support of partner Developing Scholars, was able to establish IGER (Instituto Guatemalteco de Educación Radiofónica), a specialized education offered to adults wanting to earn their high school diploma. At that time, IGER classes were held in an old classroom at the local primary school. Due to the classroom’s poor conditions, students decided to study outside under a tree. Seeing the need for a formal high school, CasaSito, Developing Scholars, and Eltham College in Australia, came together to create and establish Primavera High School in 2013. The school opened and welcomed its first group of students in 2014. The school started with one classroom and has now grown to six! Since the school’s creation, CasaSito has provided teacher training, scholarships, and supported the community’s youth group to better support high school education in the community.

On November 5, 2016, Primavera High School held a ceremony for its first graduating class of 74 students! Of these 74 students, 12 were scholars of CasaSito. In addition, 47% of graduates were women! Our Executive Director, Rebecca, attended the graduation and stated, “it was very magical because the whole community was there. They had stayed awake till 2 ‘o’ clock in the morning to decorate for the graduation. You could feel what education means to the community and how much they value it. I felt privileged to be part of such an experience.”

We are beyond proud of our scholars and all the graduated students at Primavera High School. We could not do the work we do without supporters like you. Your continued support allows us to expand our services and truly make a difference in education. Thank you for all that you do for CasaSito Association!

The tree where students studied
The tree where students studied
What Primavera High School looks like today
What Primavera High School looks like today
Primavera High School
Primavera High School's first graduation ceremony

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Oct 12, 2016

Blog entries from our students

English Club
English Club

We believe that education is the most powerful resource for personal, family and community development. Our initial goal was to help students break the cycle of poverty through financial aid. However, with time and experience we realized that financial assistance was not sufficient. This is why CasaSito developed a holistic program that also includes psycho-social support, workshops, club activities, and volunteerism. This encourages the students’ personal growth and helps to form future leaders who can create permanent change for themselves, their families, and their communities.  Check out the blog entery of 2 of our scholars and their input on their club activities. 

JESUS

My name is Jesús, I am 17 year old and, I´d like to share with you one of my biggest experiences. This experience is about CasaSito Association. CasaSito has a youth development program that provides scholarships and I have the big opportunity to be a part of CasaSito as a Scholar. There are different clubs and activities in CasaSito In which I like to participate because they help me to uncover things that I thought I couldn´t do or make. I have reinforced my strengths and I have overcome my fears, such as speaking in front of people and, trying not to be. In the volunteer group o CasaSito we dedicates to do social activities to help people who needs help. Last month we visited the Fray Rodrigo nursing home. Sharing with the elderly al the nursing home made me appreciate even more the people I have around me, because some of the people who were in Fray Guillermo were abandoned and almost forgotten there. It was an experience that made me feel pleased with myself to be able to share a little bit of my time with these amazing people and it was even better to share with all my friends from CasaSito who work for the same cause. Being a part of CasaSito, not only helps me to continue my studies, it also helps me to be a beter person every day. I wouldn´t  change this experience in my life. 

 

VALERY

Debate club is a 12 week program that started in February. We learned how to investigate a topic, create a winning argument, and how to present our point of view. Then we put in practice the theoretical knowledge through various presentations with topics that our teacher gave us. This year we weren’t a lot of members in the debate club, and it was great because we had more time to prepare. Our semifinal was on ‘should public transport be owned by private entities.’ We were organized into pairs and Carolina and I had to defend a positive stance, and we won! Making it to the finals. During this process I learned how to discuss and defend my point view and made new friends. I think my partner and I were a united team. We felt the satisfaction of having done a good research and that was an engine that helped us to win. I would like to thank CasaSito and Developing Scholars for creating the debate club, and Manuela and Alejandra who taught us many things and were always there to support us.

Jesus
Jesus
Debate Club
Debate Club
Jun 21, 2016

Words from One of Our Scholars

Mid Year Evaluation at CasaSito (2014)
Mid Year Evaluation at CasaSito (2014)

My name is Andrea, I am 18 years old and currently in my first year of University. I am studying Tourism, Hotel Management and Gastronomy. I´ve been a CasaSito scholar for more than 6 years. When I started in the program I was only 12 years old. I remember I was very shy, quiet, and hardly participated in training workshops. 

The whole time I´ve been with the CasaSito family Sisi, Miriam and/or Cristina have been present, monitoring us scholarship students, Always assisting us and listening to us. Since I can remember every time I feel bad or I have some problem such as family problems, I have always felt free to tell them what is happening. With them I like expressing how I feel, because they are more than just psychologistis helping me. Because of the level of trust that is developed, I feel like CasaSito is my second home a safe palce where they will help me, or try to help me find possible solutions to my problems.

Bieng a part of CasaSito and working on my self-development, I have seen a big change in my personality, especially due to the various activities at CasaSito such as the Debate Club and the Drama Club. At the beginning of the clubs I thought "What I am doing here? I´m bad speaking in public", I don´t know how to defend my ideas or my point of view. I have stage fright, And I´m not good enough." However, as I continued to participate in the clubs, through time I evolved and discovered there was a potential in me that needed to be discovered. Today I am not afraid to speak or say what I think because I know I have and I am in the right to do so. I am more confident in myself and my self-esteem has evolved. 

This year has been and incredible experience. Not only am I a CasaSito scholar, but I am also now part of the staff. I am currently the work-study scholar, and assistant to administration. I feel very fortunate being able to work at CasaSito, because each day I learn new things. A couple of things I have learned so far are: how to write a good letter, time management, being responsible for my actions, management skills, and handling activities as the English Club coordinator. 

I can say proudly that everyone who´s working at CasaSito are incredible people who do their best every day and I am happy to be a part of it.

With my Theater Club Friends
With my Theater Club Friends
Working in the CasaSito Office
Working in the CasaSito Office

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