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Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education

by Fundacion para el desarrollo integral de programas socio-economicos FUNDAP
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Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education
Help 50 Guatemalan Girls Continue Their Education

Despite the fact that schools continue to be closed due to the current health crisis, each of the scholarship holders carries out their school work through the scholarship project from home and, above all, they continue to receive personalized advice and guidance to continue their basic studies.

It is worth mentioning that the situation of the families assisted, derived from the Pandemic, is beginning to have a drastic impact on the family economy, which is why we thank you! For continuing to contribute to the education of young girls in the department of Retalhuleu.

Your donation now more than ever is the engine of change in the lives of the scholarship students and the road to new opportunities for development. 

Here is the story of one of the scholarship students:

Fernanda is 17 years old and lives in Canton Ayutia, Retalhuleu Community. She is a cheerful, helpful and above all friendly young woman. 

Fernanda has been receiving the support of the scholarship for six years when she was studying in the 4th grade at the community school. At the beginning she was a shy, and distant, this because she had recently become an orphan. 

As the years went by the girl became more confident and overcame her fears, now she is a participative young girl and loves to help her classmates during class work, her favorite hobby is drawing and painting. 

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The qualities of kindness, friendship and work make the young lady an example to follow.

Katherine is under the care of her grandparents, because her mother left her when she was a child. However, this has not been an impediment for her to continue studying; her grandparents are that fundamental part of her continuing with her studies. 

She is being supported by the Scholarships program since she was in 4th grade, being of great meaning the economic support and accompaniment she receives, because with the scholarship she helps to buy uniforms and school supplies that previously were difficult to acquire.

An element of change in her has been the training given by the program, which has helped her a lot in her way of thinking. At the beginning, she was very shy and almost did not participate in class. The teachers explain that she is currently the president of the classroom, she is characterized by being a leader and an example to her peers. 

She is currently in high school, tenth year. In the afternoons, Katherine helps her grandparents in the business of selling ‘tamales’ and ‘chuchitos’ by the central park, since that is the only means by which they support themselves. Currently, due to the health crisis, she does not go out to sell as she normally does, but instead helps with the housework, since they continue to sell tamales from their home and the customers come to buy. With what they get from the sales, they are paying for the household expenses.

During this time Katherine enjoys her favorite hobby which is reading. She explains that in her free time she takes advantage of it to read and review math, since these are the subjects she likes the most and above all she feels motivated to learn from home and especially when the scholarship technician calls her and gives her support.

She explains that in the community people live with fear and uncertainty due to the pandemic, however, together with her grandparents they are motivated and she has faith that soon they will return to their normal activities and especially she longs to return to her school and continue with her education.

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In view of the suspension of face-to-face classes and the isolation of students in their homes due to the possible spread of the coronavirus, the use of digital platforms that allow teacher-student interaction can help to continue learning, in public sector establishments where study guides are used and there is no such exchange, the challenge is greater.

During this time, the young women have been followed up to find out about their health, their family’s health and the feeling they get from not attending classes.

We made a video call with Anjhely, one of the girls attended by the program, and she told us that she is at home with her family, taking care and precautions to protect herself from Covid-19.

A vehicle with vegetables, fruits and basic supplies arrives in the community with their food supplies, and the neighbors take turns going out to buy the essentials at home.

Anjhely is currently studying in 8th grade of high school, and she tells us that she has been given a study guide so that she can continue with her learning process. She misses going to her school, sharing with her classmates and seeing her teachers.

It is important to emphasize that this action is being carried out with all the girls who have a mobile device and the possibility of having access to the Internet. In this way, the communication of the scholarship students with the project has been very important to keep them motivated to continue learning from their homes.

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Cadiola and her mom
Cadiola and her mom

As a project, we believe that family support is crucial for the educational development of the young girls.

On this occasion, we would like to tell you the story of Cadiola, a young girl who has been supported by the Scholarships for Girls program for 6 years. Throughout these years, she has proved to be a cheerful and collaborative young woman that likes to study. 

Mrs. Dalila, Cadiola’s mother, does not know how to read or write. However, this has not been an obstacle to give her daughter the opportunity to study, as she wants her to have a better future and be able to fulfill her dreams. Cadiola’s grandfather also encourages her to fight for what she wants, and that they as a family will support her as much as they can.

Thanks to your help, Cadiola is able to finish her basic education. Thank you for trusting our work and for believing that young girls can fulfill their dreams and have a promising future.

Cadiola and her grandpa
Cadiola and her grandpa
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On this occasion we would like to thank all the people who have supported with their donation so that the young girls in Retalhuleu can complete their high-school education. With your donations, the girls were able to pay their monthly training fees, buy school materials and uniforms. 

 

During this time, the schools where the girls are studying had been monitored to verify their legal registration. To date, 97% of the girls are studying. During this process, several girls were visited because they were not enrolled.

 

The group vitality from the Parcelamiento Santa Fé community is highlighted, since, knowing that the support will continue, they have committed themselves to: a) having good grades, b) attending classes every day and c) do their best to deliver great homework.

 

They want to express their gratitude to all donors: “Being on scholarship is a privilege that not all of us have, which gives us the opportunity to discover our potential and continue to make our dreams come true.”

 

Without your help, these achievements would not be possible and the vision of the young girls would be different, thank you for continuing to believe in them.

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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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