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
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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Deysi at Work
Deysi at Work

 From Deysi of San Juan Comalapa

I want to tell you of my infinite thanks for the help you are giving me.  It is very valuable because it gives me the opportunity to exercise my profession.  At the same time, I am receiving a salary for it.  It is very helpful for me to be able to involve myself in the world of work.

I already have spent some time in the institution performing different accounting services to the people that reside in San Juan Comalapa.  It is a pleasure to work in this institution.  It is a comfortable and agreeable environment.  They are giving me the knowledge I need without any type of arrogance.  Because of this, I am gaining much practical knowledge that will be useful in the future. 

For another part, the situation with Covid-19 continues to affect us at the personal and family level. For this reason, the aid that I receive is very important.  Thank you again for the collaboration since it helps me to get ahead.

I hope to continue learning during this time and to continue to increase my accumulated knowledge and practical experience in order to grow as a person and professional.

Deysi 

From Yanira of Patizicia

I am doing my work experience in the La Sierra Ranch.  During this month, I performed different activities.  The business is divided into different areas.  In the office area, I filed documents in five departments: Financial Manager, Sales Department, Marketing and Advertising, Accounting, and Forest Area.  At the beginning of each month, they do an inventory of the entire ranch.

One of the largest area of the ranch is the forest area.  It has a great variety of documents from the year it started.  The plantation of each tree is by lot.  There are approximately 100 lots.  The lots are divided into other lots. In the lots, you will find trees of different species planted.    Each species has a code.  They make medicine of these trees.  They take advantage of each part and use it well.

 Another area of the ranch is the Dairy.  It is 10 minutes from the central office. At the beginning of this week, I was able to do an inventory of the Diary, get to know the livestock area, and the area where they process the milk. During this day, I also, took blood samples from the cows.  They process this normally each year.  I have gotten to know new coworkers and their responsibilities.

Yanira 

From Cristina of San Juan Comalapa

The reason for the present letter is to share with you the happiness and joy I feel when I see the enthusiasm to learn the children have.  It strengthens me to keep moving forward .  Despite the weight of our situation, I am happy to be able to exercise my profession with much love.

I teach some of the stydents on-line, but I cannot connect with all the classes on-line. I also take the education to their homes.

I want to share with you one of the activities that I have done with the students.  One of the activities for the children from 4 to 6 years old is to recite a poem.  I taught them a poem about a lion and how to make a lion out of paper. They made them at home and shared them on-line. They are full of enthusiasm and work with effort and determination.  Look for the pictures of the loins they made in the pictures attached.

Cristina

Yanira in the Rancho Sierra Office
Yanira in the Rancho Sierra Office
Cristina Teaching Lion Poem
Cristina Teaching Lion Poem
Children's Lion Project
Children's Lion Project
Cristina Teaching at Student's Home
Cristina Teaching at Student's Home
Deysi Working with her PPE in Place
Deysi Working with her PPE in Place
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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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