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.
Oct 2, 2015

September is Election Month in Guatemala!

Delia
Delia

On September 7th, elections were held in Guatemala for president, deputies to Congress, and city mayors.  Carmela Paz, program coordinator, used the opportunity of the September monthly meeting to discuss the importance of voting and the process involved.  She talked with the students about the steps to follow to cast a vote and the importance of being well informed when you make your decision.  She stressed that as the vote is secret, no one can obligate you to vote for a certain person or party and that it is possible to vote for people from different parties for different offices as it is good to have various opinion represented in Congress. 

As a practice, Carmela divided the young women into two groups and each formed their own political party and decided on one of the members of the group to be their candidate for president.  Each discussed her views and tried to get the others to vote for her. Carmela and Emilsa Peren, the other coordinator of the group, answered questions about the process.

Paula and Mayra were glad to learn more about the process of voting.  They see it as important to take it seriously as the future of the country is in the hands of the voters. Who is elected will determine what happens.  They are looking for changes in how the country is governed. 

Clara Elizabeth, Florestina,  and Glenda were happy to know that the vote is secret and that no one can obligate you to vote for a certain person.  They will vote for someone who agrees with what they think is right.

Flory felt it showed a love for your country to vote for someone who would govern well. 

Delia said that we must vote because every vote is important.   She would be happy as a citizen to exercise this right.

Sandra and Norma will seek a candidate who has the capacity to govern and good principles and values.

They all left the meeting with a better idea of the voting process and its importance.

Florestina
Florestina
Mayra
Mayra
Flory
Flory
Sep 15, 2015

Josefa Learns to Put Manure to Good Use

Josefa with the materials for her garden.
Josefa with the materials for her garden.

     Josefa is a 23 year old single woman who only had the opportunity to finish second grade. She lives with her 63 year old mother and one of her married brothers and his family. They are ten living together in a small house. She entered the group because she saw starting a garden as a way to contribute to the support of the family. Something that she could do on her own! She is very happy to have learned so many new, practical things.. Before she joined the group, she didn’t realize that there were many things in the community that seemed useless that could be put to good use. She has learned that something as common as manure can be turned into organic fertilizer. She is anxious to learn many more useful things.

   A Matching Day is coming up on September 16th. 

   Our goal is to cover the expenses for the Organic Gardening Project in Chumanzana for 2015!   This project provides the materials and knowledge needed for Josefa and the other women in the project to grow their own vegetables and provide more nutrious food for themselves and their families.  In addition, learning new things gives them an added feeling of worth. 

   They will appreciate any donation you can make on the 16th, so that we can meet our goal!  All donations will be matched at 30%.  Donate early as the $70,000 in matching funds goes fast!

 

Josefa learns about wild herbs in her community
Josefa learns about wild herbs in her community
Sep 1, 2015

Micaela Wants to Learn!

Micaela making a natural insecticide
Micaela making a natural insecticide

 

Micaela is one of the new members to the Organic Gardening Project in Chumanzana, Chichicastenango, Quiche, Guatemala. She is 41 years old and married with ten children. They range from 22 to 4 years old. Her family was not able to give her the opportunity to attend school, but she still is eager to learn new things. She asked to join the group because she saw how the women in the group were benefiting from their membership. Her home is an hour and a half walk from the house where the meetings are held, but the distance is not important. She wants to learn how to grow her own food in her own garden. It will be a savings for her and will allow her to provide fresh vegetables for her family without making the two hour trip by bus daily to buy them. Her children are also learning to help her plant and take care of the garden. The whole family is benefiting from her participation in the group.

Candelaria Sut, the project manager, has been working with the experienced gardeners in the group to share what they have learned.  They have planned workshops on natural fertilizer, insecticides, and other gardening techniques.  

She took Micaela and her fellow gardeners to visit a center that teaches techniques for a healthy life style. The director of the center demonstrated the uses of different plants, how to grow them, and how to preserve them by drying. They were able to share this new knowledage with the women who were unable to go on the trip.

The project is rolling along with all of the women actively involved.  The group is organized with its own officers that lead the group as they make decisions concerning the project.  Candelaria is there to facilitate the process and seek out ways to implement the projects they suggest.   

We still have $935 to go before our project is fully funded. Micaela, the other three new women to the project, and the original group have benefited from the donations you have already made. There are more people waiting. September 16th is the next Matching Day. The 15th is Guatemalan Independence Day. Donate to celebrate and have your donation matched!  Tell your friends as well.  Remember Sept. 16th is the day to get Matching Funds for your donation!

Making Natural Fertilizer
Making Natural Fertilizer
Learning About New Plants
Learning About New Plants
TPS Director Explains About Use of Plants
TPS Director Explains About Use of Plants
Rosa, Micaela
Rosa, Micaela's Daughter
Learning to  Make Fungicide
Learning to Make Fungicide
 
   

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