It is no small feat to be selected for an internship as a park ranger in Mbaracayú, a position traditionally held by a man. Three girls from the Mbaracayú School underwent a rigorous selection process and were chosen for the post. Some of the prerequisites include: leadership and crisis management skills, survival skills, being from the region of the Mbaracayú biosphere, ability to drive a motorcycle, parental authorization, first response training, communication and customer services skills, willingness to be on duty for 25 days straight, and an overall ability to be responsible and hardworking.
The three students from the school who were selected, and completed this internship are Maria Cirila Olmedo, Elida Gómez and Elisa Centurión. All three young women were successful in their endeavors, and exceeded the expectations of the parks rangers. They spent 25 days straight at their respective posts, and Elida and Elisa further demonstrated their commitment by spending their birthdays away from family and friends. While presenting the girls with their certificates for completing their internships, park officials and other park rangers all expressed their amazement at the jobs well done. These three young women paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps and not be held back because they are girls.
Upon graduating in December, Elisa Centurión will become the second female park ranger in the region , and will be employed by The Moisés Bertoni Foundation. She will continue to work in the Jejuimí region where the school is located.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Mbaracayu School organized its second annual entrepreneurial forum consisting of games and activities to further cultivate skills in strategic development, communication, environmental conservation, merchandising, and sustainable projects. 150 students were able to benefit from the forum and develop new skills that advance their preparation for a lifetime of economic, social, and emotional wellbeing. The girls, their families, and the school staff have all worked hard to make this inspirational week a complete success.
Eight girls from the school traveled to Paris, France from August 21-August 28, 2011 to participate in the Homeless World Cup of Football (Soccer), during which homeless and socially marginalized youth from 64 nations across the world united for seven days of gritty, fast paced street soccer. This represented an opportunity for the girls to wear their national colors with pride, and find acceptance, understanding, and encouragement on the world stage through sports and team work.
We are so proud of how our girls represented the school, and moreover the nation, with their composure, great sportsmanship, and respect for themselves and others. Great job!
Margarita Amarilla, now a senior at the school is shy by nature, and came to the school speaking only Guarani. Since she has been at the Mbaracayu Girls School, she has come out of her shell, and now speaks Spanish fluently. She is friendly, and enjoys starting up conversations with others. She is from a rural community and is the oldest of 9 girls in her family. Her sisters dream of following in her footsteps and attending the school one day. You are looking at a picture of Margarita preparing to sell eggs produced at the school at a local farmers market.
Thank you for supporting Margarita and her classmates in creating a better life for themselves!
Last month, 8 students from the Mbaracayu Educational Center were selected to represent Paraguay in this year's Homeless World Cup to take place in Paris, France, from the 21st to the 28th of August.
These girls were drawn from the entire student body of the Mbaracayu Ed Center, a girls-only school comprised of around 144 adolescents. After announcing the 11 shortlisted players in June, last month the candidates worked even harder to make it to the team.
The players that make up Team Paraguay were selected not only for their football talent, but more importantly, for their leadership skills, attitudes and motivation towards this annual world cup of street soccer. They are:
Nancy Beatriz Florentín, 17 yrs old
Julia Clavelina Ortiz Busto, 16 yrs old
María Montserrat Oviedo Quintana, 17 yrs old
Sandra Delicia Aguilar Giménez, 17 yrs old
Dora Elizabeth Galeano Galeano, 16 yrs old
Marta Mercedes Noguera, 18 yrs old
Ylsialini Battro Dávalos, 16 yrs old
Bianca Carolina Soares Zucon, 17 yrs old
Please support Team Paraguay get to Paris in a few week's time. The team is looking for donations to cover certain expenses such as passport issuance, football gear and equipment, first-aid kit, among others.
Your support can really make a difference in these girls' quest to transform their lives through football, team work and shared goals.
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