Apply to Join

Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children

by Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Creating Educational Opportunity for Maya Children
Concepcion smiling after her surgery
Concepcion smiling after her surgery

Concepcion is not your normal 9 year old girl. As a baby, her parents found a small lump on top of her head. When they brought her to the doctor, they were told the lump was not dangerous and would pass with time.

For the next few years, Concepcion lived with the small lump on her head. When she turned 6 years old, her parents took her back to the doctor. They got the same response: surgery wasn’t necessary, and she would have to live with the uncomfortable lump.

In the past six months, however, Concepcion started to feel more and more discomfort. Her teacher began to notice that she was not feeling well, and saw that Concepcion kept leaving class to go to the bathroom and splash water on her face to relieve the pain.

Given her increasing discomfort, Concepcion’s parents decided to bring her back to the doctor this year. To their relief, the doctor said they could go through with the surgery to remove the lump, and referred them to a health center in Solola, the capital of the state. But there was one problem: how to cover the costs of the procedure.

This is the kind of situation in which your support is crucial. Although Concepcion’s older sister, Dolores, is sponsored through our Primary Education Scholarships Project, Concepcion was not. When their parents reached out to tell us about her illness, we moved her to the top of our waitlist for new sponsored students. Luckily, there was an existing sponsor interested in supporting another child, and who was able to sponsor Concepcion.

After she became sponsored through our project, Pueblo a Pueblo was able to help cover the family’s expenses with your support. Our Primary Education Scholarships Project is committed to helping students with any medical expenses by putting aside $5 of every $25 donated towards a medical savings fund. This means that we collect over $500 every month dedicated to medical expenses. In general, only about 10 students need to visit the doctor each month because of minor illnesses.The rest of the money is dedicated to group medical campaigns and unique cases like Concepcion’s.

Because of your support, Concepcion was able to get the medical attention she needed. It has been one month since her surgery, and she is now pain free and happier than ever. Her family is relieved to see their daughter feeling better, and we at Pueblo a Pueblo are grateful for your support that helped to make this happen.

Bonus: Concepcion starred in our "Learn Tz'utujil" video this month! Check out the link below.

Project Manager, Johanny, visiting the family
Project Manager, Johanny, visiting the family
Concepcion with her mother and younger sister
Concepcion with her mother and younger sister

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Students receiving their new athletic shoes!
Students receiving their new athletic shoes!

The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time for our Primary Education Scholarships project. As our sponsored students began classes in January, we hosted the first event of the year: handing out school supplies. Students and their families from our different partner communities flooded the Pueblo a Pueblo office over the course of the week, bringing their smiling faces and excitement for the year ahead.

Students from kindergarten to high school received backpacks filled to the brim with all the school supplies they will need for the school year. The backpacks make a huge difference for families struggling to afford basic supplies for their children’s education -- serving as a push for students to stay in school.

Now that the school year is underway, we recently held another exciting event giving students new sneakers to be used in their physical education class. Something as basic as a pair of shoes is often out of reach for many students, as Project Manager Johanny Quieju describes:

"Athletic supplies are a necessity that the parents are unable to buy, but that Pueblo a Pueblo can cover.  Many students have so little income that they are unable to purchase adequate shoes, and sneakers are critical for physical education classes, which complement students’ general education."

One of our sponsored students almost did not come back to school this year.  Ashly, a 6-year-old student from Panabaj, was devastated after her father died unexpectedly in December. Her father used to carry her on his shoulders on the walk to school every day -- and she did not want to do the walk without him. After the tragedy, Ashly’s mother told us that she was not going to enroll her daughter in the school anymore; doing so had become too difficult, both financially and emotionally.

After speaking with Ashly’s family, we encouraged them to continue sending her to school and to keep her in Pueblo a Pueblo’s sponsorship program so that Ashly could be successful and continue her education. Thankfully, Ashley is back in school, and she is very happy.  She recently received brand new athletic shoes along with her peers!

Before and after!
Before and after!
All the shoes lined up and ready to be handed out
All the shoes lined up and ready to be handed out
Ashly at the beginning of the school year
Ashly at the beginning of the school year
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Pedro receiving his Christmas gift and basket
Pedro receiving his Christmas gift and basket

The end of the year is always a busy time for our Child Education Support Program. Once December hits, sponsors begin to send extra support to provide gifts and Christmas baskets for their sponsored students. This year, 53 sponsored students received gifts and baskets, which meant there was a lot to accomplish in a short time!

Project Manager, Johanny Quieju, told us, “For me, this is the busiest time of the year because we have to accomplish so many things!”

And that’s no understatement. Johanny and other project staff put together all of the 53 Christmas baskets, which included bread, fruit, spices, and other supplies to prepare a Christmas meal. They also went shopping for clothing for the students’ gifts, making sure to get all the right sizes and colors for each student.

After all this hard work, the payoff was absolutely worth it!  Families arrived in the Pueblo a Pueblo office the week before Christmas, excited to receive their Christmas goodies. For many families, these end-of-year gifts made a huge difference, and helped to brighten the holidays.

One 10-year-old student, Pedro, comes from a poor family that is hardly able to pay their rent each month. Up until now, the holiday season has been a sad time for Pedro’s family, as they have never had enough money to prepare a real Christmas meal. This year, however, Pedro joined our Primary Education Scholarships Project, which has relieved a lot of financial stress for his family. Thanks to his scholarship and the Christmas gifts, Pedro and his family were able to enjoy their first traditional Christmas meal this year.

Following this exciting and busy time of year, project staff and students will be able to rest for the holidays. Now that January has begun, the craziness will start all over again as they begin to prepare for the beginning of a new school year!

Johanny and Jemima shopping for gifts
Johanny and Jemima shopping for gifts
Happy family with their holiday gifts
Happy family with their holiday gifts
All of our sponsored students with their gifts!
All of our sponsored students with their gifts!
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Maria Isabel, a 4th grade tutoring student
Maria Isabel, a 4th grade tutoring student

As the 2015 school year comes to a close this week, our Primary Education Scholarships Project is moving into new territory. During the coming break from school, the project will begin a pilot tutoring initiative to help those students that, given the many difficulties they face, were unsuccessful in passing their grade.

Currently, about 15% of scholarship students do not pass to the next grade level. Our project manager, Johanny Queiju, hopes the tutoring will eventually help all students to pass: “…with the tutoring, our objective is to offer these students the opportunity to improve their school performance.”

Our initial reach will be limited, working with four struggling fourth and fifth grade students from the Chukmuk School. These students attend school through scholarships, but difficult circumstances pushed them off course during the school year. One fifth grade student, Yessica Paola, who suffers from a disability that has affected her since birth, recently changed schools and has struggled to adjust to her new environment, which in turn affected her studies. Ana, a fourth-grade student, performed much more poorly in school after her father left her family and she was left to take on more responsibility at home.

The new tutoring pilot will give students like Yessica and Ana the opportunity to study and make up the work for the classes they failed. It will help them avoid repeating a grade and instead start the next school year along with their peers. The project will be led by Isabela, a former scholarship student who, in part because of the support of Pueblo a Pueblo, was recently able to complete her schooling and become a certified teacher. The project has come full circle! 

Isabela and Maria Isabel in a tutoring session
Isabela and Maria Isabel in a tutoring session
Isabela, former scholarship student turned teacher
Isabela, former scholarship student turned teacher
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Students checking out their new school goodies
Students checking out their new school goodies

The halfway point in the school year means a lot is happening with our Primary Education Scholarships project!

Last week Pueblo a Pueblo distributed school supplies to 105 student scholars. Although we have always provided school supplies in the beginning of the year, we recently started restocking necessary items at the midyear point and saw great success. This small contribution, with materials like pens, pencils, and glue, is a big help to local families that often have to replace lost school supplies throughout the year. 

It’s also time to visit the doctor! Here in Santiago only about 50% of children are fortunate enough to have regular medical checkups. However, as part of our scholarships, students are provided with regular doctor appointments and any additional needed care. In the upcoming weeks, all 105 scholars will visit the doctor as a way to stay healthy and be prepared for school!

Finally, we are pleased to introduce, Andrea, the newest member to our project. Typically our scholarships are provided at the beginning of a new school year, but Andrea is an exception. Receiving her scholarship just this month, Andrea is now getting support while attending her first year of primary school. She lives with her mother, father, and two brothers and is currently learning how to read and write in class. Despite her young age, Andrea told us that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Our hope is that this scholarship motivates Andrea to stay in school and brings her one step closer to achieving her dreams in the future.

Student receiving a dental checkup
Student receiving a dental checkup
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.

Location: Neenah, WI - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Pueblo_a_Pueblo
Project Leader:

Neenah, WI United States

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.