Aug 22, 2019

Clara Ends a Three Year Search

Clara
Clara

Clara has been searching for a position as a bookkeeper since she graduated from high school career training in 2017.  She is excited to finally be able to use the skills that she learned in school.  Her difficulty finding work is common in Guatemala.  Work is scarce and in order to get a position a young woman needs to already have work experience.  To get the work experience she needs to be hired.  It is a frustrating situation and leads to exploitation of young people who, if they can get a job, are  paid very low wages.  

Clara appreciates the opportunity that your donation is providing for her to get the experience that she needs.  She is interning in an accounting office in her hometown.  She is working with people who are teaching her what she needs to learn to be a  successful accounant. 

She says, "I am working in an office with an accountant and his secretary I am the general assitant.  I am thankful to you who support this program for giving me the opportunity to have new experiences.  Now I am workig with the profit and loss books, collect bills owed the office, and pay income taxes.  I am learning to do the work as the accountant wants it done and work in harmony with the secretary.  This experience will help me when I look for a job at the end of my year as an intern."

Clara is just starting her intern experience and already she is having success in a work environment.  For young women like Clara who do not have many role models in the workplace, she is learning that she fits in and can be a successful accountant.

Aug 22, 2019

Marmalade and Jelly

The two Maria at work
The two Maria at work

The Women of Chumanzana have another nutrious food to feed their family.   Candelaria, the women's  development program manager,  arranged for Maria Q, Josefa, Candelaria M., and Maria M, four representatives of the group, to attend a workshop at Ixoqi' Capacitacion.  The women learned how to prepare and bottle jelly and marmalade made from the fruit they grow in their gardens.  Bottling it means that they can keep the unopened bottle of marmalade and jelly for a year without refrigeration.  It can be made when fruit is plentiful and kept to eat when there is no fruit available.

Maria Q. said that now she can make her own marmalade and jelly from her own fruit.  She has apples, plums, peaches, and pears.  When she wants to have some with her bread, she won't need to buy it.  Her family can enjoy it, too.  

Josefa said that it will be another way that she can earn money from her garden.  It is easy to make and she can sell it to  her neighbors who don't have fruit.

Candelaria M. said her family would be enchanted by this new food.  She was happy to learn how to preserve it in bottles.  She doesn't have a refrigerator, so this will be helpful.

Maria M. said that this is another new thing she has learned through the support of the Kateri Fund.  She thanks all of you who are responsible for this support.

All of the women along with Candelaria will now teach all the women who weren't able to attend the workshop how to make marmalade and jelly and preserve it in bottles.

Maria Preparing the Fruit
Maria Preparing the Fruit
Proud Marmalade Makers
Proud Marmalade Makers
Josefa Keeping the Marmalade from Burning
Josefa Keeping the Marmalade from Burning
Learning How to  Bottle the Marmalade
Learning How to Bottle the Marmalade
Jun 3, 2019

A letter from Ingrid

Ingrid
Ingrid

Dear Friends,

I would like to tell you a little bit about what has been happening in my life this month.  Thanks to you a big part of my time has been spent on my studies.  We had Holy Week/Spring Break starting Holy Saturday (April 20), but they gave us homework to work on during our break. In my Business English class, we only had to translate letters into Spanish.   In Advanced English, we were doing speeches in English and then our classmates asked us questions. In our Pre-Professional class, we finished writing  letters, and now we are working on writing shorthand. This class’s purpose is to help us remember all that we have studied in years past.

My older brother, who hurt his finger, is still living at home.   He has started to build wooden seats and small tables so he won’t get bored with nothing to do.

During Holy Week, we were all at my house and didn’t go out anywhere.  We did eat traditional white beans with fish and egg, bread with honey, and izote flowers in chuchitos (mini tamales), as we call them.  We use tortilla dough and put tomato sauce and meat on it, and we wrap it in cornhusks and tie it. Then we cook and eat it.

In May we celebrate the feast of the Holy Cross, Mother’s Day, and my birthday–I’ll start my 19th year of life! This month is also the beginning of the rainy season. It’s a pretty month filled with sprouting plants. I am interested in what is special about this month for you who help all of us stay in school?

Did you know about World Book Day (April 23)? Do you like to read? I’ve read a few books so far. There’s a book called El Triunfo: Un Reto a la Juventud.   I liked it a lot because it tells us we can accomplish anything, and not to give up quickly. In the book, there are several stories about young people who have accomplished their goals. Now I’m reading El Milagro Más Grande del Mundo, and I read it whenever I have time.

I would like to keep talking to you and telling you about my life, but for now, I have to say goodbye. I hope you are well.  The support you give is appreciated.  This year I will graduate from high school.  Without your help I never would have been able to reach this goal.  Thank you.

 

Ingrid

Proud to be Indigenous!
Proud to be Indigenous!
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day
Graduates 2018
Graduates 2018
 
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