A Guatemalan tradition is the elaboration of carpets during Holy Week, representing folkloric and religious figures. These carpets are made with sawdust, palm leaves and other organic materials. To begin their elaboration, the design is chosen and wooden rulers are used to make the frame. After moistening the ground, enough sawdust is added to level the surface. Then the sawdust of the desired color is added to serve as a background and, finally, to give it a natural look, pine and corozo are added.
We also want our young girls to learn these skills, which are passed on in their families and communities. Every day, girls face obstacles in accessing education, due to poverty, cultural rules and practices, as well as lack of infrastructure, violence and fragility.
Girls’ education is a priority for our project; that is why we rely on “our methodological carpet” and awarding scholarships is one of the fundamental processes that takes several steps: Community survey, presentation of the scholarship program, home visits to know the context of the potential scholarship recipient, meeting with parents, collection of files, and we end with the confirmation of the scholarship.
The accompaniment of the scholarship project is not only limited to getting the girls to attend school, it is also about ensuring that they learn and feel safe while they are in school. Our goal is for them to have the ability to complete all levels of education, gaining the social-emotional and life skills that will enable them to function and adapt to an ever-changing world. We need them to have the ability to make decisions about their own lives, contributing to their community and the world at large. Thanks to your support, we are closer to achieving this.
Being a woman is synonymous with resilience, strength and, above all, confidence: confidence in your own skills and abilities as a woman.
Our academic mentors (former scholarship recipients) are the greatest example of combining the vision and ability to do many things at the same time, including studying, working and dedicating time and responsibility to the book club.
They also have great emotional intelligence to build networks and make the scholarship members of the book club feel motivated, as well as identify with our purpose, making other girls and young women want to join.
The academic tutors have the will to not give up and see adversity as the best source of opportunities. With much love and dedication, they look for alternatives and routes of change so that the scholarship recipients improve their personal and academic quality of life.
The objective is that they know and develop the talents and strengths they possess; that they learn to trust in the resources they have, but above all, to trust in themselves, because only then will they be able to reach their proposed goals and fight for those ideals set by their own vision.
The objective of the tutors is to develop the habit of reading in the scholarship students, to draw smiles on the face of each one of them, and to provide them with the book that will make it possible to develop their creativity and imagination, traveling through reading to other places and learning about different cultures. This is... “the art of being a woman”.
PS: This April 26th we invite you to the Voices for Education Congress, Testimonies of Change in Guatemala, a chat with our former scholarship recipients where you can learn more about their testimonies, their experiences and how the scholarships work. A way to see, with full transparency, the benefits of supporting this fundraising for the young girls of Guatemala. See you then!
A true friendship is a friendship for a lifetime, and that is why knowing which friendships are worth keeping clos is very important.
And you, are you a good friend?
In our accompaniment with the scholarship students we work on values and specifically the value of friendship. With the coexistence and participation in the training provided by the Scholarship Project, significant changes are observed in the girls, the discovery of identity, the development of attitudes of tolerance and respect for diversity, and the acquisition of knowledge.
Empathy and teamwork, valuable aspects that have characterized the group of scholarship recipients and their families, since a very strong bond has been created, which has become a safe place for the girls.
Our priority is to ensure that the scholarship recipients stay in school, without neglecting to “take care of them, encourage them and make them feel esteemed”.
Through counseling, we have the opportunity to bring the scholarship girl and her family closer, to address issues such as the importance of studies, or reading reinforcement and dialogue with parents about guidance for their children. The goal? To create a bond of trust and security between the scholarship holder and the technician.
A new school year is a huge question mark, a challenge, a concern, and at the same time an emotion that challenge us to move forward and achieve the goals set for this year 2023.
The young girls with scholarships and parents, together with the collaborators of the Scholarship Project, are prepared and committed to this new school year. The goal? That the girls improve their quality of life and be professionals in the future.
This year, each scholarship recipient was given “the backpack of the soul”, where they will keep many experiences, knowledge, triumphs, and accomplishments, which will accompany them not only in school, but also in life.
In order to advance and become what we want to be, we must evolve, because if we always do the same thing, we do not move forward. For this reason, our methodology and project values are always very present, so our evolution is based on being able to offer more and better specialized monitoring to each of our scholarship recipients.
The school year has ended, a course of many academic challenges and challenges.
As the year comes to a close, it is time to rethink and reflect on all that was accomplished with the scholarships and the goals that were set at the beginning of the school year.
Even with the limited resources and skills of the parents and girls in the use and management of technology, there were satisfactory results in the experiences lived, which strengthened the optimism and effort before the demands of teaching and learning.
In this opportunity we want to thank you infinitely for continuing to believe in the project, for providing academic opportunities to our scholarship girls and young women. In the count of passing grade the total number will be ready in January 2023.
Thank you for helping us to draw smiles, to increase the possibilities of fulfilling their dreams, such as obtaining an academic degree and improving their quality of life, both for them and their families. Together, we will continue to achieve this in 2023.
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