Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

The Kateri Tekakwitha Fund exists to empower Guatemalan women to break the cycle of poverty by having a positive impact on their lives, families, and communities through collaboration, educational scholarships, and support.
Mar 10, 2016

Garden Project Continues to Grow!

Maria with her new gardening tools.
Maria with her new gardening tools.

As the women in  Chumanzana see what the women in the Organic Gardening Project have accomplished more women are eager to join.  The project has grown from seven participants at the beginning to eighteen this year.  The last seven members joined the group in January, 2016.

Typical of the new gardeners is  Maria Isabela.  She is nineteen years old.  She is married and has a son who is a year and a half. She was encouraged to enter the group because she saw benefits of  the garden of her sister,Josefa.  She joined the group to grow food for her family's daily meals and to sell the excess to add to the family income.  She could see that by belonging to the group, she would learn many new things.

Beyong the actual tangible benefit to the women's families, they always are eager to learn new things.  They have not had the opportunity for much formal education, but they are like sponges when they are given the opportunity for new experiences.

These womenn are given these new experiences because of your investment in the Organic Gardening Project.  Candelaria Sut, the woman in charge of the guiding the group, is paid through the funds you donate.  If you can make an additional donation now, we will be able to keep the group going and continue to add participants.  Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND!

Candelaria, One of the New Members of the Group
Candelaria, One of the New Members of the Group
Manuela Showing Off her New Gardening Equipment
Manuela Showing Off her New Gardening Equipment
New Participants
New Participants
Jan 29, 2016

The New Year Begins

Milvia with her brother and sister in their patio.
Milvia with her brother and sister in their patio.

The 2016 school years begins this week!  The new scholarships have been awarded to five young women.  Ingrid Estrada, Ingrid Esterlina, Maria Alicia, Darlyn, and Elsa,  will join the seven returning students, Aura, Clara, Flory, Glenda, Mayra, Florestina, and Juana, for a total of 12 young women on scholarship for this year.  They all are eager to get back to work at school. 

One of our priorities is to give scholarships to young women who had to leave school for economic reasons.  Ingrid Esterlina  is typical of the new students.  Her father is dead and her mother is supporting a family of four children. She had to leave elememtary school as funds were short and her family needed her to help at home.  After six years, she returned to elementary school and in 2013 finished junior high.  She is the only member of her family who has attended school.  In 2016, she will go to school to earn her certification as a practical nurse.  She feels that she can help her family and Society generally following the career of practical nursing

Dec 10, 2015

Women of Chumanzana Visit a Local Agroecology Farm

Don Manuel explains how to plant rotating crops
Don Manuel explains how to plant rotating crops

After taking 3 different buses and travelling for 2-3 hours, the women’s organic gardening group arrived with excitement at “Granja el Mirador” (El Mirador Farm) in San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala. The farm, owned by Don Manuel and his wife, is a center dedicated to agroecology practices. Don Manuel and his wife offer experiential-based lessons on organic, ecological, and self-sustaining agriculture. The center also emphasizes the importance of food safety and food sovereignty.

Don Manuel is a strong advocate of equipping his local community with techniques for sustainable practices. He shared his effective approaches to gardening to the group by giving detailed explanations and also giving the opportunity for the women to dig their hands into the soil and try for themselves. Not only did the women develop gardening skills, they also learned how to care for livestock.

Don Manuel’s wife led a cooking activity where the women learned how to gather fresh herbs and vegetables and prepare them into delicious tortas. The women finished the day with smiles on their faces, feeling accomplished and equipped. Don't miss the pictures down below!

The opportunity to visit a nearby thriving farm was invaluable to the women’s organic gardening group. The new skills the women have learned have had a high impact on their families and communities.

The cost to continue the women’s organic group is $100 per month. Please consider setting up a recurring donation to contribute to this project. If 10 donors pledge $10 a month we will meet this goal. Be one of those donors!

 

Don Manuel explains the difference between herbs
Don Manuel explains the difference between herbs
Josefa checks out the zucchini plants
Josefa checks out the zucchini plants
Don Manuel
Don Manuel's wife teaches how to prepare herbs
The women learn how to mix the ingredients
The women learn how to mix the ingredients
Josefa is proud of the finished torta!
Josefa is proud of the finished torta!
 
   

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