Celebrating Achievements and Gratitude for Your Support
As we approach the end of the year, we want to reflect on the incredible impact your generosity has had on El Patojismo. Your steadfast support has been instrumental in driving our mission forward, and we are excited to share some of the key highlights and achievements from this past year.
This year marked a significant milestone in our journey with the successful opening of our second school, Centro de Oportunidades. Amidst the challenges and joys, our team has worked tirelessly to provide a high school enriched with diverse activities such as festivals, art expositions, sports tournaments, chess competitions, English days, sex education, cooking workshops, science fairs, programming and robotics program and the initiation of an entrepreneurship program among others. Amongst all of our new programs, we also celebrate that this 2023 our wellness program gave 593 psychological sessions and delivered more than 53,353 nutritious meals.
One of our proudest achievements this year is graduating 24 Guatemalans from our high school, “Centro de Oportunidades”. Through your support, we have equipped these graduates with vocational skills including tourism management, entrepreneurship, barista techniques, basic agriculture, hair styling, and more. As a result, 14 of our graduated students have now a decent and well-paid job, enabling them to support their families and contribute to the economic growth of our community.
Lester is one of our seniors from the 2023 prom. Lester's story is a powerful testament to the positive impact of pedagogic initiatives like El Patojismo in providing support, opportunities, and a safe space for individuals to thrive. Our program has not only enabled him to complete his studies but has also equipped him with essential skills and a clear vision for his future. Lester has been attending our project for the last 14 years. We asked Lester what benefits have resulted from the project brought to you.
“Graduating from El Patojismo generated several benefits for me, for example, having an opportunity for formal employment, having obtained enough clear concepts and clear ideas of what I want to be and where I want to go in life. Being able to help my family financially, and being able to bring them important knowledge that will be useful to us. It also gave me the knowledge of how and where to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to me and at the same time how I can generate opportunities for all those who need them, and of course I obtained the benefit of meeting many people in the artistic and coffee fields. But the most beautiful thing is that El Patojismo is generating for us the first employment platforms that as Guatemalans we need so much.” Lester's gratitude and success story serves as a motivation to continue working hard and expanding our vocational programs. The call for ongoing support emphasizes the need for collective efforts to provide opportunities to those who may not have access to them otherwise. It's a reminder of the transformative power of education and community support in shaping a brighter future for individuals and the country as a whole.
We extend our deepest gratitude for your unwavering commitment to El Patojismo. Your support has not only transformed individual lives but has also contributed to the overall well-being of our community. As we bid farewell to 2023, we look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the new year will bring, and we are grateful to have you as a partner on this journey.
Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
El Patojismo Team