The 2014 school year is finished and the thirteen young women in this year's program celebrated with fun, games , and a great meal of barbacued chicken at the Albergues de Tecpan. It is a green space with many beautiful plants and areas for games and a restaurant with good food. They divided themselves into groups and each group shared a game which was enjoyed by all.
The first group of alumni who started in the program in 1994 was invited to celebrate with the present students. Paula , Juana , and Carmela were able to attend and share the fun. They all are role models for the young women. Both Paula and Juana have their university degrees. They are honored to use the title Licenciada which is a hard earned graduate degree. Juana is working with the Fund as bookkeeper and in charge of the Intern Program and Paula is working with adolescents in a program of sex education with a goal of preventing teen pregenancies. Carmela also has her university degree in anthropology. She was the very first scholarship holder and is now the Coordinator of the Education Program.
Reina, Lily, Sandra, and Adela are this year's high school graduates.
Reina's career is preschool teacher. She is looking forward to finding a job and being able to help her family economically. She really enjoyed her practice teaching and can't wait to get started with her own class.
Lily specialized in computers. She is very satisfied to reach her goal and prove to her parents that when she sets her mind to something, she can accomplish it no matter the obstacles.
Sandra finished her high school training as a commercial secretary. She knows that the competition for a job is stiff, so she plans to take courses in English and computers next year to improve her chances of getting work.
Adela will be looking for a job as a bookkeeper. Her ultimate goal is to have her own accounting office, but in the meantime, she will need to get experience in someone else's office.
Florinda and Eva graduated from junior high and will be continuing on to high school next year. Flory has chosen the career of nursing and Eva will study teaching.
The graduates were all honored with a small gift and they expressed their happiness to have finished their high school studies and thanked all who helped them through the Fund.
It was a wonderful day when all were able to share with each other and celebrate another year of sucesses!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our microcredit program. Our microcredit program already is active in Santa Clara la Laguna, Solola and with the Mujeres de Chumanzana, a second group of women who live in Chumanzana, Chicastenango, Quiche. Each woman has received a loan of Q800 ($100) and have put it to use to improve the lives of their families. They will pay 5% interest and will make monthly payment for a year The interest will be used to pay a part of the salary of Candelaria Sut who is in charge of the program. This will be a continuing program and as the money is repaid it will be loaned out again. Your donations have been addded to the money available to loan.
Thank you again fro your support of these women who need as we say "A little help from a FRIEND." You are that FRIEND.
I have just returned from Guatemala after a month of working with the staff and women-young and old. It was an inspiration that made clear the importance of your on-going support. It gives me added passion for our annual October pledge campaign to fund our projects for 2014-15 fiscal year. All of the accomplishments that I witnessed were possible because of your support.
The highlight was my visit to Chumanzana where the organic gardening project is going strong. Candelaria Sut, who is in charge of women's development, has been working with the women there for three years. It was easy to see the results of her work. All of the women are now growing vegetables in small plots in their patios or near their homes. I videotaped interviews with the women and will attach the video so that they can tell you about their project themselves and what it has added to their lives. They credit the Kateri Fund for the help they receive, but I keep reminding them that it is really your donations that make our work possible.
Click on the video link Chumanzana Women Talk and see what they have to say and then consider another donation so that we can continue the project for another year and expand it to another village!