Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID

by Fundacion para el desarrollo integral de programas socio-economicos FUNDAP
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Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID
Empower a Girl in Guatemala: Education after COVID

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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November 1st is a special date for Guatemalans and one of the reasons is because it is celebrated the Day of All Saints. On this day many families gather to share a moment, accompanied by a typical dish of our Guatemala: Fiambre.


For those who do not know it, it is a type of salad with more than 50 ingredients, which is decorated according to the recipe. Fiambre represents the cultural plurality of the gastronomic tradition of our country, being a pleasant culinary experience to the palate.


In the Scholarship Project we also have 4 important ingredients for the scholarship recipients to elaborate their life project: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and difficulties, elements that help the girls and young women to define their goals, which will guide their actions in the short, medium and long term.


The presentation of projects takes place in front of parents, teachers and project staff. The scholarship recipients creatively elaborate their life project, also using photographs, before presenting it in front of the audience.


This presentation also allows the scholarship recipients to confront their fear of public speaking, improving their interpersonal relationships and working on their shyness. At the end of the presentation, they are presented with a diploma for having completed their extracurricular training during the support of the Scholarships for Girls project. Essential ingredients for an exciting future.

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Zaculeu, an archaeological site located in the department of Huehuetenango, in northwestern Guatemala, is a city of pre-Columbian origin whose name means "White Land". It was discovered in the year 1525 this place was inhabited by the Mayan people, who were called "mames".

It is a site with 42 structures and houses the riverbeds and streams of the region. The maximum character of this time was Kaibil Balam, who led the city to be recognized in the area for its fortress surrounded by ravines, and the coexistence of the settlers around the famous ball game.

Today, many children in Guatemala still do not have access to the game, since their reality forces them to work from an early age.
However, thanks to your financial support, the Scholarship Project is growing and expanding its geographical coverage in Guatemala, providing study opportunities to change the history of each of the girls. This year 2022, 326 scholarships were provided to girls in rural areas of the department of Huehuetenango.

As a project, our main goal is to promote the permanence of girls in school, through accompaniment and economic support to families. All this work is carried out with the aim of ensuring that the beneficiaries understand the world around them, can live with dignity, and develop their potential within and outside the community.

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“Teaching is more than conveying knowledge, it is inspiring change”

Among small towns full of magic and lots of color, is the Tolimán volcano, specifically in the municipality of San Lucas Tolimán, in the department of Sololá. It is believed that the origin of the word Tolimán is Tuliman or “place where the Tul is harvested” (a plant that grows on the shores of the lake). 

During its ascent, you can notice extensive vegetation such as coffee, corn, beans, bananas, plantains and avocados; also, the ‘luqueños’ comment that they have seen a diversity of animals such as deer, tigers, monkeys, snakes, birds and once upon a time lions. The ascent can take more than 7 or 8 hours, and at the top, you can appreciate a majestic landscape and the beautiful Lake Atitlán.

Currently, the region is home to more than 27,145 inhabitants and the economic diffculties of families are a factor that stands out in the communities surrounding the slopes of the Tolimán Volcano.

An important fact is that the children who have the opportunity to be enrolled in an educational center also run the risk of dropping out of school, as they are forced to perform other activities such as field work, handicrafts, embroidery, weaving, and developing their drawing and painting skills. This is also a cause of school dropout and low performance in the teaching-learning process. 

Our action as a project, in addition to the training and the delivery of the economic stipend, is to carry out individual or collective tutoring to detect situations that are being an obstacle to the academic formation of our scholarship girls. 

All this is done in order to resolve situations encountered and strengthen the skills and attitudes of the scholarship girls for their integral growth and prevent them from dropping out of school. 

The intervention of the Scholarship for Girls program is crucial to stop school dropouts and for the girls to have a better quality of life, both for them and for their families.

With your contribution, you are supporting the development of many girls in need. Every donation allows us to continue our work, for a better world. Thank you very much!

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Along with awakening the sun, each member of the Guatemalan families rises to receive the opportunities that the day brings. Every activity carried out promotes respect for Mother Nature and gratitude for life.

Guatemala is a multicultural and multilingual country full of traditions and customs; one of those traditions is to celebrate an important event with a delicious culinary dish called ‘Pulique’. The preparation of this succulent dish is led by the most knowledgeable woman, distributing the tasks equally among the group. To begin with, the beef or chicken is cooked in a clay pot over low heat, while another group of women grinds the tomatoes, onion and various spices on a grinding stone. To taste the recado added to the broth, where the meat is cooked, then mixed and left to boil until it is a colored soup, which is eaten hot with vegetables. During this important moment, traditions are practiced in a natural way, with all the family and friends.

A similar experience is what we live in the Scholarships for Girls program since we also carry out activities that generate coexistence between parents and scholarship recipients. Community service fosters solidarity and the commitment of both actors (parents and girls) to the community, as an ethical and civic norm. Our goal is to strengthen teamwork and organization, and to locate leaders that will benefit the project. Some of the community work that is carried out in the project are: planting trees or flowers, placing garbage cans, delivering food to elders or less fortunate members of the community, cleaning the school or
classroom. 

Our actions are always guided by the joy that lives in the hearts of each girl, knowing that they have the support that will allow them to continue studying and thus be able to obtain a better quality of life.

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Fundacion para el desarrollo integral de programas socio-economicos FUNDAP

Location: Quetzaltenango - Guatemala
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Beatriz Gandara
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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