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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
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Empowering Guatemalan Women with Professional Jobs
Mishel
Mishel

Hi!

I want to thank you for the opportunity you have given me.  During this last month of my internship, I have developed various abilities.  The most important of them is to have patience, be more affectionate, and more understanding.

At first, I did not think that I would be able to get along with the other teachers, but as I got to know them better, I was able to share with them a little more.  I have learned that I am able to do things well.   During this time, they gave me the opportunity to speak with the junior high girls about self-esteem.  One of them got up and thanked me for the talk that I gave.  She thanked me and shared with everyone that she did not like herself, but now thanks to my talk, she liked herself a little more.  This made me determined to make the students feel good and understand that they are equal and that they all have different qualities that are unique to them.  It was an honor to talk to the girls and for them to put such confidence in me. To be with them in this stage and to be the adult that I needed when I was a child.  It was more than a pleasure.  Perhaps I am not the best teacher on the planet, but to know that I have already made a footprint, fills me with pride and satisfaction.

About my responsibilities at home: I am at the point of completing 18 years.  This gives me many responsibilities.  Many times, I feel pressured by them.  My parents have told me a new stage is beginning and it may be hard.   I learned to listen to them and feel empathy.  This has improved their confidence in me a lot. 

Without anything more to add, waiting for the end of my internship, I thank you for the opportunity to grow as a professional and as a person.

I sign off!.

 

 Mishel 

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Last week, I got word that Aura had finished her internship and was hired fulltime with the accounting firm!   This is the news that we joyfully hear.  Aura has been working toward this goal since she went back to school, starting at sixth grade at 17 years old.  She has navigated the full six years of secondary education and a year as an intern, faithfully working hard and looking ahead to this day.  She has done her part, but without the support she has received all along the way from all of the Kateri supporters it would have been much more difficult, if not impossible.  She gives a big thanks to all who have been with her,  She believes our motto, "Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND!"

As we see the success of the young women in the intern program, we have decided to make it a focus for our work.  Scholarships for secondary education are not as needed as in the past.  We have seen many new scholarships available.   The Kateri intern program is unique and is where we feel we can make the greatest impact.  This year, in addition to Aura, we have four more young women in the program and will be adding five more in April.  They are all working hard with the same goal as Aura-a permanent job!

Of the 25 young women who have participated in the intern program since its small beginning in 2004, over 75% have gone on to find employment  You can celebrate with these young women who have reached their goal.  

Kay Sweeney

Managng Director

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Glenda with her plans for the children
Glenda with her plans for the children

A letter to you who sponsor the intern program from Glenda at the end of her intern experience in a school for handicapped childern. 

Dear Friends,

I write to you with much affection.  I hope that I find you well alongside your dear ones.  I wish you success in all your daily work.

This week, I wrote my resume and gathered my documents to begin to look for work.  Even though it is difficult to find, I hope that God will guide me and help me.  I want to help my parents and my other siblings, so that they can continue studying.

Last week, we went on a picnic with the children to a park in San Juan la Laguna.  We did different activities-played soccer, ran, and sang.  Everything went well.  We walked back and forth to the park so that the students could exercise their legs.  Many of the students do not go out of their houses to walk.  The walk was well done.

I am very sad that I will not return to the Centro Maya.  I will miss the children a lot.  They have gotten used to me and I to them.  I have in my mind that I always will be here.  They ask me when they want something or if something happens, they come to me and not the other teacher.  When I first came, it was hard for me to adapt to her plans, because it was very different from a school, but with time, I was able to learn many new things from the managers of the center.

During my time at the Centro Maya, I learned many new things.  I learned what a handicap is, how they happen and how to prevent them, the types of syndromes, how to work with handicapped children, what to do when a child has a convulsion, why many children are aggressive or violent, what type of food it is good to eat and what is not, and how to plan for handicapped children.  I also learned some new vocabulary, the vowel alphabet, and greetings in sign language so that I could communicate with persons who could not talk or hear and the kind of activities to do with them. 

Some children who are in the Centro Maya are victims of mistreatment, violence, discrimination, and broken families.  They do not have adequate food and are rejected.  They have different handicaps.  These make them not advance in their studies.  It is very sad that their own parents reject them.

Thanks to God that this Center exists so that they can attend.  I was happy to be able to collaborate a little.  I hope that my country and my community will reflect about this and not discriminate against persons with handicaps because we all are equal.  It is only that they have different handicaps.  Sadly, our government does not support them so that they can enjoy a good life.

During the time I was at the Centro Maya, all went well.  Sometimes I did not know what to do when a child had a convulsion, but I asked my fellow workers and they told me, I always asked because that is the way you learn.  If something does not turn out well, you try something else the next time.  I admire the work they do at the Center.

I thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn new things, to have this experience, and to put into practice my knowledge.  You are very good people.  I always ask God to give you many more days of life.  I was very happy to work with these children.  I always will carry them in my heart.  I hope to find work soon, so that you will be pleased with me. 

I leave you with a big hug.  Thank you for reading my letter.

Attentively,

Glenda 

In the classroom
In the classroom
Glenda with one of her students
Glenda with one of her students
Glenda and Project Coordinador Carmela Paz
Glenda and Project Coordinador Carmela Paz
At work with her students
At work with her students
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Clara
Clara

Clara has been searching for a position as a bookkeeper since she graduated from high school career training in 2017.  She is excited to finally be able to use the skills that she learned in school.  Her difficulty finding work is common in Guatemala.  Work is scarce and in order to get a position a young woman needs to already have work experience.  To get the work experience she needs to be hired.  It is a frustrating situation and leads to exploitation of young people who, if they can get a job, are  paid very low wages.  

Clara appreciates the opportunity that your donation is providing for her to get the experience that she needs.  She is interning in an accounting office in her hometown.  She is working with people who are teaching her what she needs to learn to be a  successful accounant. 

She says, "I am working in an office with an accountant and his secretary I am the general assitant.  I am thankful to you who support this program for giving me the opportunity to have new experiences.  Now I am workig with the profit and loss books, collect bills owed the office, and pay income taxes.  I am learning to do the work as the accountant wants it done and work in harmony with the secretary.  This experience will help me when I look for a job at the end of my year as an intern."

Clara is just starting her intern experience and already she is having success in a work environment.  For young women like Clara who do not have many role models in the workplace, she is learning that she fits in and can be a successful accountant.

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Aura, Ready for Work
Aura, Ready for Work

As we think the best report comes from the young women in the program, we are sending Aura's most recent report on her internship at  an accounting firm inher hometown.

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, I have started working at an accounting firm called Finance and Business Consultants.  I work with five others.  We each have our own job.

The business has three different functions: cashier, accounting, and credit.  I am in charge of the cash transactions for the G & T Bank and one accounting client.  As cashier, I attend to the people who come to deposit cash, cash checks, withdraw money, etc.

My first week, I entered information in the books by hand.  Then they asked me what I knew how to do.  I told them that I could do declarations and tabulations, so they assigned me clients to check payments against bills.  I did those well, so they assigned me other tasks.

The work goes well, since I am learning a lot every day.  The manager of the accounting firm says that it is important that I overcome my shyness.  When I attend to the clients, I am very nervous, but I am struggling to present myself with confidence, saying, “It is a pleasure to serve you.  Can I help you in something more?”  I want to do an excellent job and I am working hard to accomplish my goal.

I feel very happy to be working in the office.  My family helps me because this is an opportunity to strengthen my knowledge of my profession.  Each day my knowledge grows.

Thank you for your support.

Attentively,

Aura

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Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

Location: Pacifica, CA - USA
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Kay Sweeney
Pacifica, California United States
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