Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs

by Kateri Tekakwitha Fund
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Emely and her co-workers.
Emely and her co-workers.

 

Emiley is halfway through her internship.  It has been a learning experience for her.  In her October letter to her sponsor, shared below, she tells you what she has experienced so far.  As she continues her work experience, she also is on her way to another step in her education.  

"Dear Friends,"

"I greet you kindly by this means hoping that you are very well and wishing you success always in your daily tasks and in everything you do.

"The reason for this letter is to say hello and tell you a little more about my internship , as well as a little about me personally."

"In this fourth month of the internship I have done very well.   I have learned a lot about the functioning of the organization and the issues that are handled.  These new experiences and topics have expanded my knowledge and have helped me to see things from another perspective and see it without any filter."

"Currently I have been supporting the organization in another component which is productivity. In this component I work almost with the same population as with the other components I have worked with.  That has facilitated the relationship and communication with all of them. The main objective of the productive component is to seek economic empowerment in the population and mainly for women.  In our society lately women are taken as weak and unable to participate in different important areas of society.  They are excluded and deprived of their rights as women."

"In Guatemala, there is a very high percentage of violence against women, making them one of the most vulnerable sectors. I have identified a lot with this organization because it does a great job for all women.  This organization supports women victims and survivors of violence through its support with psychological care within its offices.  I have learned a lot about this issue.  Honestly, I am very happy with what I am doing.  Having a good relationship with the population makes me very happy and makes me feel satisfied to be able to contribute something to help them."

"As for me I am very happy with my family. My parents are the most important thing in the world because they always support me in everything so that I can grow as a person and as a professional. They are the people I admire most in this world.  Although they could not have an education like the one they have been able to give me, they struggle every day to give my brothers and me the best education.  They gave me the opportunity to study what I wanted. They always encouraged me in everything even when I went through very difficult times in my studies. They gave me the emotional help I needed."

"Here in Guatemala the classes are about to end in some schools, therefore I am already in some procedures to enter the university. I found the great dilemma in deciding what I want to study.   I have tried to relax and think seriously what I like and am really passionate about doing.  In the course of these days, I will have to make a decision about what I will be professionally in the future.   I just hope to make the best decision."

"I hope you have learned a little more about my experience within the organization and also a little about me.  I hope that you find yourself well.  I send you a big hug wherever you are."

"Thanking you for your valuable attention, I leave you."

  Emely 

I think this letter makes it clear what the Kateri Fund Intern Program is all about.  It also makes it clear that the young women in the program are truly being able to use their gifts and grow from the experience.  They are women of quality!

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Kay with Staff in Chimaltenango Office
Kay with Staff in Chimaltenango Office

In her recent visit to Guatemala, Kay Sweeney, Kateri Managing Director, was able share good news with Rosa, Carmela, and Candelaria, the Guatemalan staff.  Thanks to a grant from the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ministry Fund four additional interns will be integrated into the program.  They will join the continuing interns this month for their yearlong internship.  Carmela is interviewing and finding placements for them now.

Rosalia, Evelyn, Milvia, and Juana will finish their year in the program.  Some of their thoughts on finishing the program are below.

 From Rosalia:First, I thank you for the support that you gave me during all the months of work. I'm about to finish this internship process and I’m extremely grateful that you have supported me.

During this time, I have learned that we must be empathetic and very responsible in our work.   I have managed to maintain discipline with my students and motivate those who are shy.   It will be a great challenge to serve all children with their different educational needs now that the children will be at school for a full day .  It's a radical change for both the children and me. “

 From Evelyn:During my internship we have carried out very interesting activities.  It has been a time of much learning and I have been able to contribute in a great way.   I am very grateful for this opportunity.  It has given me the opportunity to continue training professionally.”

 From Milvia: “I thank you very much for your support during these years.   Because of you I have reached where I am now. I have fulfilled one of my goals. I still have to fulfill more but I have already taken a great step and I am very happy for that great achievement.”

They all are very appreciative of the support they have received through your donations.  We are planning to continue expanding the program.  The number of young women who are involved depends on the funding we have available.  If you can make an additional donation or move to a recurring monthly donation know that your money will go directly to  “Empowering MORE Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs".

 Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND

Rosalia
Rosalia
Milvia
Milvia
Evelyn 2
Evelyn 2
Juana
Juana
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Juana Rosalia with her students.
Juana Rosalia with her students.

Juana Rosalia graduated from high school in 2017.  Her dream was to go on to the university and further her education. Her family however needed her to work to add to the family income.  She looked for a position as a preschool teacher but there were few openings and without work experience she was the last on the list.  To help her family she took a job in a bakery.  The pay was small and she worked long hours starting in the very early morning.

In June 2021, she applied to the Kateri Fund Intern Program.  They were able to place her in a position at her local government school.  The beginning was difficult as there were some problems within the school but she perservered and showed that she was a willing worker.  As school starts for the 2022 school year, she has been given a stable place as an intern working with one of the other teachers.  Her February letter expresses her feelings as she looks ahead.

"I respectfully address you by introducing myself. I am Juana Rosalía, teacher of Intercultural Bilingual Early Childhood Education. I will be co-teaching this year with the teacher of the kindergarten level of the Official Urban Mixed School No.1 of Santa Clara la Laguna Sololá.  For me it is an honor to continue working with the teachers and especially with all the students. I am mainly responsible for the youngest, ages three to four years."

"First of all, I thank you for your generosity and support towards me. Without your good intention I would not have this opportunity."  

"My goal for this year is to prove myself as a teacher so I will have an opportunity to secure a permanent position.  I want to continue to work as a teacher while continuing to update my knowledge.  I wish with all my heart that this year will be a cycle of blessing for me, and that through my work I will secure a permanent job to continue for next year."

"I feel like I can conquer the world with one hand when you're support provides the other hand"

"HAPPY MONTH OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP"

Juana Rosalia

Juana Rosalia
Juana Rosalia
Juana Rosalia far left with the other interns
Juana Rosalia far left with the other interns
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Cristina Weighing a Child
Cristina Weighing a Child

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recently issued a study entitled “Between Rootedness and the Decision to Migrate: Push and Retention Factors of Migration in Guatemala.” In this study, they analyzed the characteristics that influence individuals’ desire to migrate out of the country.

Among the results, they found that there was a tendency toward a “female brain drain.” This is because young females are more likely to migrate as they reach levels of higher education, particularly if they are unable to find employment opportunities in which they can use the skills that they have developed.

Another factor that makes migration more likely is a sense of being undervalued or discriminated against, which is most common among the Indigenous community. Indigenous individuals feel very connected to their communities, but the sense of discrimination is another impetus for them to leave and seek opportunities elsewhere.

With our goal to empower Indigenous young women within their communities, the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund addresses a number of these factors. The scholarship program supports young women so that they are able to continue with their education and provides tools for professional development during this process. The young women attend workshops on topics such as job interviews in order to help them develop their skills in this area and give them an advantage as they enter the working world.

However, as the CRS report points out, education itself is not enough to prevent young women from migrating. In fact, it actually increases the chances of migration if not accompanied by employment opportunities. It suggests that increasing employment opportunities for young people is important. In particular, job training programs that connect young people to employment opportunities. In addition, the study found that leadership opportunities for women, which help them to feel connected to their communities, are vital.

Our intern program speaks to this recommendation for combatting the factors which motivate the young women to leave their communities to secure a better life. This program connects young women to job opportunities, helping them to develop their skills in  order  to  achieve success in the working world. It also allows them to connect with employers and build professional relationships for the future, often leading to long-term opportunities.

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Deysi at Work During the Pandemic
Deysi at Work During the Pandemic

 

Deysi is an intern at an accounting office in her hometown.  Her high school training was as a bookkeeper.  This placement gives her an opportunity to get work experience in her profession.  Below is her report on her experience.

"I want to share with you the experience I have had during these times.  It has been very helpful to my career to be able to develop myself as a person.  I have worked with things related to SAT (Guatemalan IRS) that were complicated for me and other activities, but over time I've had experiences that teach me.  Last time I was negligent concerning a client who did not present a declaration.  With this, I learned to be very attentive so there are not fines.  With time, I am learning I must be more attentive to what I am doing.

I am very satisfied to know that I am contributing to the business and at the same time to society with the work I do.  To work  helps me stay productive.  The other is that I feel that each day I am learning new things, having more knowledge, reinforcing the skills that I have to be able to be more efficient in the activities I do.

The people I work with are nice and I learn from them every day. They help me with my doubts or situations that appear a little complicated for me.  They help me resolve them.  The atmosphere is very pleasant since my coworkers are persons of good character.  They are not always angry and serious.  They are always laughing and so it is a nice atmosphere to work in.

In this situation, I can be with them with all the precautions necessary during the pandemic.  We meet and talk.  It is an experience for me since I am not very sociable and it is very cheerful to socialize with my workmates.

I feel more each day like a professional person.  One of my goals now is to be able to continue working in this business where I am and then continue studying.

The scholarship that I receive is a great help for my family.

I hope to continue learning during the time that continues, increasing my knowledge and experience to grow as a person.

Thanking you for your fine attention.  I leave you.

Deysi

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