Fundacion Paraguaya

To develop and implement practical, innovative and sustainable solutions which eliminate poverty and create decent living conditions for every family.
Oct 14, 2016

San Francisco Agriculture School: the basis of our model

San Francisco Agricultural School
San Francisco Agricultural School

The San Francisco Agriculture School is located at Km 46.5 of the Ruta Transchaco in the town of Cerrito, the Department of President Hayes (Paraguayan Chaco). The students who conclude their studies at our School earn two diplomas: High School Diploma as an Agriculture/Livestock Technician and as a Hotel and Tourism Technician.

In order to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in rural youth and provide them with high quality and accessible education, the School has almost 7000 m2 (75,347 sq. ft.) of buildings consisting of classrooms, library, computer lab, administrative and academic area, multi-purpose hall, student cooperative, dining hall, soccer field, men and women’s dormitories, and restroom facilities, among other installations.

On the 62 hectares (153 acres) of the property on which the school is located, hands-on work is done accordingly at the different productive units, among which are: raising goats, layer hens and broilers, dairy and milk processing plant, bio-intensive vegetable gardening, extensive cropping, raising swine, beekeeping, a tree nursery, as well as the Hotel, called Cerrito.

The School’s students have so far come from eight Departments of our country as well as from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Mali.

Jul 28, 2016

CEM Alumna expands studies to photography

Astrid accepts Photography Prize
Astrid accepts Photography Prize

Astrid, a graduate of the Educative Center in Mbaracayu (Centro Educativo de Mbaracayu) (CEM), is completing her third year of Environmental Engineering with a scholarship at the National University of VIllarrica.  She was first place winner in the 2nd Edition of the Photography Contest, organized by Thomas Edison American Corner and the Image Institute, called “Interaction between Man and Nature,” held in commemoration of the Global Environment Day.   As part of her first place prize, Astrid received a full scholarship to study basic photography.  Thanks to her experience at CEM, she has expanded her goals and is realizing the exciting avenues in which she can become involved.

Jul 28, 2016

Alumni present moving stories at Gramo Paraguay

Bianca and Palmira present at Gramo Paraguay talks
Bianca and Palmira present at Gramo Paraguay talks

Bianca (22) and Palmira (21), graduates of the Educative Center in Mbaracayu (Centro Educativo de Mbaracayu) (CEM), shared their experience in the conversation cycle “Gramo Paraguay”, on Friday, May 27 in the Lyrical Theater of the Central Paraguayan Bank (BCP).  In front of more than 1000 people, Bianca and Palmira related their experience in living and studying at CEM, and how it substantially changed their lives and the way they value nature and the environment.

The students began their talk by highlighting the great challenge faced by women in rural areas who want to study, that the majority of these women are excluded from the educational system. “To be a woman in the rural areas is a challenge, but that does not impede us from chasing and reaching our goals,” said Palmira to the applause of the audience, and she added, “poverty isn’t only about material things; poverty is the lack of opportunity and of education.”

The history of Bianca and Palmira is especially inspiring because both managed to overcome the systematic exclusion being experienced by rural women and today, and now not only walk into a horizon full of opportunities but also work for a sustainable education that continues to reach more women. Both young women are leaders in their communities of environmental protection and nature conservation. With good reason, their speech ended with an emotional standing ovation.


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