Thursday, July 26, marked a special day for young Claudia Krinagi, a third-year student at the Mbaracayu School coming from the neighboring Ache indigenous community. Prior to her departure from the school, located in the middle of the Mbaracayu Forest Reserve, 375 kilometres from the capital city of Asuncion, the entire school fare-welled Claudia with pride and cheers of pure joy. Claudia was on her way to the capital city for the first time in her life to be a guest of honor at a Presidential Act as a representative of her school and her native community.
After what seemed like a never-ending bus journey on rough roads, Claudia made it to the big city. She traveled with the senior leaders of her Ache community who were all going to see the President of Paraguay for what was announced as a historic event of social justice.
Upon arrival to the Presidential Palace that serves as the President's office, they all held hands as the Act started. The master of ceremony started by reading the official decree that marked the handing over of the land deed to the Ache community of Koetuvy, village 470 of the Curuguaty district in the Department of Canindeyu. After President Federico Franco handed over the documentation, hands were shaken and pictures taken by the dozen. The Ache community could finally celebrate being owners of their land after centuries of lands rights violations.
At a moment of the ceremony, the President hugged Claudia Krinagi and thanked her for coming with her community delegates as a representative of the future leaders of the Ache community.
In the picture you can see Claudia Krinagi in her Mbaracayu School uniform as she greets the President with great joy and excitement.
The Aché people are traditional hunter-gatherers indigenous to the Atlantic coastal forests of eastern Paraguay, primarily in the Mbaracayú region. The Aché population is approximately 1600 people. They have had an uphill battle against human rights violations, land rights violations, and extreme poverty. The school is fortunate to serve several students from the Aché community, and for the students to share their culture with their peers.
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The beautiful and motivating story of Sirlene and Liz Mancuello Machado
They are young and know that dreams come true through two secrets: persistence and dedication. Sirlene and Liz Mancuello Machado finished their studies in Mbaracayu Education Center (MEC), driven by Fundación Paraguaya. Now they are in the National University of Villarrica with scholarships.
Sirlene always had a hard time studying because of the distance, as they generally lived 50 or more kilometers from the nearest school. "Always going from one school to another. I finished the ninth grade and went to Brazil because my grandmother lived there ... it was a women's college. In Brazil I had to redo the eighth grade and so I lost a year, "she recalls. During the years 2002 and 2005 she left school while waiting for her younger sister to get to the same course, so they would go to school together. The dilemma of distance was always present. That's why instead of ending at 18, she finished her studies at age 21.
When she arrived at EMC, she realized that life was giving her a great opportunity. Since she never gave up, she took the last three school years with her sister, came out best student and was selected to go to college. She chose an engineering career in agribusiness and now her life is only projected to continue growing. For Liz, she chose an engineering degree in animal zootechnics. She says that since she was small she has a very strong call for veterinary, and she chose zootechnics because this career is closely related to her passion. "I always helped my brother who is a veterinarian and I always wanted to be like him, "she says. The two outstanding students left their families to move to Villarrica and face this stage of training. The smile in both faces reflects happiness at being able to touch their dreams with their own hands. Both say that if you do not give up you can conquer all and even more.
Celsa Acosta is an emerging leader and role model for women worldwide. She was bestowed the honor of being nominated by the U.S. State Department to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) hosted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in The United States. Celsa is recognized for the work she has done over the years to promote youth rights and in her current capacity as the director of the Mbaracayú Girls School. Celsa traveled to the U.S. in March and over the course of three weeks, she and other women leaders from around the globe participated in a professional exchange, including workshops and networking that will enable them to support and encourage each other in a variety of areas centered around women’s rights. In her position as the director of a school that caters to the most vulnerable girls in the country, Celsa is gratified knowing that she continues to build upon a strong base of leadership and transfer that knowledge and passion to the young women she serves at the Mbaracayú.
Celsa is a “mother” to so many young women at the school, along with being a mother to her own two birth children. With Mother’s Day approaching, please consider honoring mothers everywhere with a Global Giving’s Mother’s Day Tribute Card as a gift this year. Global Giving is hosting a campaign from now until March 13, 2012, in which $500 will be awarded to the top 10 projects with the most donors who make donations as gifts during the campaign. Please tell a friend! Together we can continue to turn these girls’ dreams into a reality. Thank you so much for your support. Best wishes to you and to all special moms for a Happy Mother’s Day!
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