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Nov 19, 2018

Preparing for A New Group of Interns

Aura
Aura

In July 2018, six young women finished their internships ready to seek permanent employement.  They all now have the work experience they need to support their applications for professional employment.  This month is high school graduation in Guatemala. That means that another group of young women are eagerly looking for job with the same obstacle - lack of work experience.  The Kateri Fund is gathering together the funding needed to again shepherd at least six young women through the process by providing them with year long internships.

Aura is one of the young women who is applying.  She graduated in October with a certificate as a bookkeeper.  She has overcome all the obstacles put in front of her up to now with her positive spirit and can do attitude.  Ahead of her is one more- finding a job.  The Kateri Fund wants to support her as she faces this challenge. 

Aura lives in a small village outside of the city of Comalapa.  Her family works in the fields growing vegetables to sell.  They have a few coffee plants to harvest.  They have had to struggle with the illness of the father of the family.  This made it difficult for them to do the work needed to survive.  Despite the difficulties, they have struggled to keep Aura and her six siblings in school. 

Aura and her mother are very close.  In 2006, she le As the oldest, she and her mother worked together to sustain the family during her father illness. In 2006, she left school after fifth grade.  Her mother needed her at home to help.  After six years, when her father recuperated, she returned to finish elementary school at 18 years old.  A difficult thing to do!  She was so much older than the other students, but with her positive attitude and happy spirit, she fit in.  She became someone the others looked up to.

Now at 23 years old, she has graduated!  She has a career!  All of her teachers have  predicted success for her in the future.  Hers is a story of persistence, a positive attitude, and a family that believes in her, but she still  has a difficult task ahead and needs support.  She will have to support herself and help her family, too, so cannot be without work for long.  For her and others, this often leads to taking a low paying job that does not use her skills.  A Kateri internship will help get her aclimated to the world of work and open a different path.

We plan on starting our next group of interns in January, but without your donations we will need to terminate the program. Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27th.  GlobalGiving will be matching funds donated on that day. Aura and the other young women like her will benefit from your donation that day.  If we reach our goal of $10,000, we can start receiving applications and start the project on time in January.  Recurring donations always give the projects more security.  If you can budget a monthly donation toward these internships, you will be making it possible for these young women to lift themselves out of poverty and become independent professional women.

Aura(second right) at her  bookkeeping practicum.
Aura(second right) at her bookkeeping practicum.

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Nov 19, 2018

Widening Maria and Candelaria's View of the World

Making Insecticide
Making Insecticide

Maria and Candelaria attended a workshop at IMAP ( Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) with Candelaria Sut, Kateri Women’s Development Manager.  The workshop was titled Growing in Small Spaces. They both were very excited about the new things that they learned.

Maria is happy to go to these workshops because each time she learns something new.  This time she learned to make different kinds of natural insecticides.  This was important because they were insecticides she could make herself and did not need to buy.  The other thing she learned was how to have a garden in a small space.  She learned to use tires, plastic bottles, pipes, and iron to form the garden.   The thing that made her happiest was to know that she would be able to share all she had learned with the rest of the group.  She thanked Candelaria for giving her the opportunity to travel outside her village and learn new things.  She said that before she never left Chumanzana and did not know all the things that she now knows because of this opportunity.

Candelaria felt very satisfied with the content of the workshop. She has participated in two workshops now.   Before she never left her home and now, she is having that opportunity.  Before this workshop, she participated in the workshop in Zaragoza about packaging mushrooms.  The workshops are an experience for her.  She plans to put into practice the things she learned about growing in small spaces and preparing natural insecticides to fumigate her plants.  She learned how to use common things like onions, black soap, garlic and chili for insecticide.  She sees the things she has learned as helping her earn more money to support the family because she can sell the things that she grows.  She will share with the rest of the group along with Maria.

These young women as well as most of the women in Chumanzana have a limited education.  The workshops that funding from You, our donors on GlobalGiving, and a grant from the  Atkinson Fund provides, give them the opportunity to not only learn useful things, but to widen their worldview.  As they travel outside their village, they lose their fear and become more confident.

Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27th.  GlobalGiving will be matching funds donated on that day.  Maria, Candelaria  and the other women in Chumanzana will benefit from your donation that day.   Recurring donations always give the projects more security.  If you can budget a monthly donation toward continuing education on good gardening practices, you will be making it possible for these women to provide nutrious food for their families and become more independent women with a secure food source.

Maria and Candelaria at IMAP Workshop
Maria and Candelaria at IMAP Workshop
Small Space Gardening Idea
Small Space Gardening Idea
Another Small Space Gardening Possibility
Another Small Space Gardening Possibility
Aug 27, 2018

Another Young Woman Achieves Her Goal

Aura(on the right) at her practice assignment.
Aura(on the right) at her practice assignment.

Aura has almost reached her goal.  She will graduate in October with a certificate as a bookkeeper.  She has overcome all the obstacles put in front of her with her positive spirit and can do attitude.  Her goal is to always have a dream and be happy. 

Aura lives in a small village outside of the city of Comalapa.  Her family works hard in the fields raising vegetables to sell.  They have a few coffee plants to harvest.  They have had to struggle with the illness of the father of the family.  This made it difficult for them to do the work needed to survive.  Despite the difficulties, they struggle to keep Aura and her six siblings. 

Aura and her mother are very close.  As the oldest, she and her mother worked together to sustain the family during her father illness.  In 2006, she left school after fifth grade.  Her mother needed her at home to help.  After six years, when her father recuperated, she returned to finish elementary school at 18 years old.  A difficult thing to do!  She was so much older than the other students, but with her positive attitude and happy spirit, she fit in.  She became someone the others looked up to.

Now at 23 years old, she is ready to graduate!  She has a career!  All of her teachers predict success for her in the future.  Hers is a story of persistence, a positive attitude, and a family that believes in her.

To end, I want to share with you a poem she wrote in one of the Kateri workshops.

                                                                   Poem for the Leaders

                                                            I want the daughters of Guatemala

                                                                     To have a better future.

                                                                 I want them to work hard to

                                                                     Change their country.

 

                                                              Young Guatemalan leaders

                                                              Are the future of Guatemala.

 

                                                            It is not important who you are

                                                                    Tall, short, fat, thin,

                                                          All these things are not important,

                                                                Neither color nor race,

                                                           Only you can change things.

                                                                Keep your head high

                                                                       And be firm.

 

I think she will follow her own advice.  She seems poised for a good future.  She is an example of the opportunity YOUR support provides.

Aura writing a letter to her sponsor.
Aura writing a letter to her sponsor.
Aura's Self Portrait
Aura's Self Portrait
Aura shares her ideas with the group.
Aura shares her ideas with the group.
 
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