Aug 13, 2018

A Few Words From Carmen

Carmen planting her bucket garden.
Carmen planting her bucket garden.

Carmen is one of the members of the women's group in Chumanzana.  She is happy to be in the group because she is learning new things.  She has learned how to grow different kinds of greens and attended a workshops on how to grow mushrooms and pack them for sale.

Carmen  said, " My Aunt Josefa and I attended the workshop in Zaragosa on how to pack mushrooms for sale.  We have started a new crop growing and are waiting for them to be ready to harvest.  Then we will show the other women what we learned at the packaging workshop.  I am very happy to take advantage of the opportunities the Kateri fund gives us to attend workshops that show us things that benefit our families."

"In my house, I had an old bucket that I couldn't use.  The Fund showed me how I could use it to plant cilantro and onions.  Now my family doesn't have to buy cilantro and onions.  We just take them from our bucket garden when we are cooking. "

"Sometimes my neighbors come and buy the ciliantro and onions.  I use the money to buy salt for my kitchen." 

Carmen is learning to use her own resources to improve her life.  With this knowledge, she and her family become more independent.

This project has funding through August 2018.  At that time, the funding will run out.  It will take at least $2000 to continue the project through December.  You are being very generous with your donation, so we ask that you talk to your friends and family to see if there would be someone interested in supporting this need.  They do not need to donate the whole amount.  Many small donations add up to the whole.  Thank you for your support always.  Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND!

Jul 23, 2018

Loyda Has the Work Experience She Needs.

Loyda at Work
Loyda at Work

Two years ago, Loyda graduated from high school prepared to work as a bi-lingual secretary.  With no experience, she was not able to get a job in her career.  She needed to work, so took a job in an internet cafe that did not use her skills.  She started to save money to go to the university, thinking that more education would help her in her job search.  She was not earning very much, so that was hard. 

When she heard about the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund Intern Program, she realized it would help her get work experience and lead to a higher paying job where she would be working in her career, so she applied.  The Fund was able to place her as a school secretary.  The school where she is interning has many worshops that teach what makes for a good work environment and that is going to help her be successful when she gets a permanent position. 

With the money she earns as an intern with the Fund, she started at the university. Working in a school led her to change her career.  She decided to study to be a teacher at the university.  She is finding the university is introducing her to many new ideas which she really enjoys.

Read her June report below:

"My studies go very well.  The courses are very interesting.  They give us suggested topics and we have debates about  themes like how much has the government done for Guatemala and what ought we to do to change our country.  Saturday, June 16th, we are going to have our mid-term exams in three courses.  I am reviewing all that we have done so I can do well.

I am learning many things where I am an intern.  I have learned about the adaption of the curriculum.  I fill out forms for students with different disabilities.  For example: If a child doesn’t learn rapidly the form outlines how the educator would teach him.  I also participated in a workshop on professional sharing.  We learned how we could help each other in our work and how the work goes forward when there is help and communication.  The 29th of this month, there is another workshop about working in a team." 

Loyda is now finishing up her intern year and will be looking for a permanent job.  The Kateri Fund Coordinator has helped her prepare for this with workshops on job seeking skills.  She will help and encourage Loyda as she starts her search.

Cataloging Books
Cataloging Books
Recording Reports
Recording Reports
School Where Loyda Works
School Where Loyda Works
Filing
Filing
May 29, 2018

The Rights of Indigenous Women Explained

Proud to be Indigenous!
Proud to be Indigenous!

In May, the scholarship young women happily celebrated being Indigenous!  In Guatemala, the Indigenous are put down and like all who are oppressed, they begin to believe the put-downs.  As women, they are put down as well, so as Indigenous women, they need to develop strong identities.   One of the Kateri Fund's goals is to expose them to their rights as women and facilitate their recognizing the strengths of their culture.

Those two goals came together at the May meeting. 

The first activity was to develop positive feelings.  Lidia led the exercise where the young women gave each other positive feedback.   Some of the things they said were;”You look very pretty!", "You woke up today radiant!", "May you have a blessed day", and "You are marvelous!'.  She then asked how it made them feel.  They all said that they felt relaxed, happy, and calm.  She summed it all up by saying that it was clear that having nice things said about you gave you a good feeling. 

Lisabeth led the second activityShe talked to the young women about their Rights as Women.  The young women said in a strong voice "I have the right to ............ “ and drew a picture that expressed the right.  To sum it all up, each young woman wrote a right and law that protected it on a paper flower and put the flowers together as a garden of rights.  As each young woman put her flower in the garden, she told why she chose it.  For example:  "I like the right to access to land because not only men have the right to inherit land, we, as women, also have that right!"

The meeting ended by taking pictures of the young women with a sign saying, "Proud to be Indigenous" in Spanish.

All the young women are continuing in their studies. 

Aura is particularly excited because she sees her goal of graduation in sight. She has had a scholarship with the Fund for five years and has worked hard to get to where she is now. She is very focused on what she wants to accomplish. She will be starting her practice as a bookkeeper at a business called Global Assessors this month.

Carmen and Ana are in 11th grade, so have another year to graduation.  Maria Alicia, Lilian, Milvia, Mayra, and Ingrid have all started high school career training.  It is different from junior high but they are adjusting.  Margarita, Yessica, and Darli are in junior high and benefiting from the advice of the older Kateri scholars.

Carmen and Candelaria, who lead the program, are enjoying seeing the young women succeed.    

Ingrid
Ingrid
Carmen
Carmen
Aura
Aura
Yessica
Yessica
Alicia
Alicia
 
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