Executive committees are made up of parents from the girls enrolled in the program, there is one committee per school.
The goal of the executive committee is to support each one of the girls in their educational process. To do so, they visit the educational centers to verify attendance, academic performance, absenteeism, delivery of homework and above all, they guide the girls with tips of personal care and they are the link between the program and the community. When a young girl is absent frequently, they visit her to learn about the case and motivate the family to support the girl not to leave school. However, in difficult cases they communicate directly with a FUNDAP Technician, who immediately visits the home to implement strategies to re-enter the girl.
Such is the case of Marcelina, who has gone through difficult stages throughout her life and the Executive Committee has been vital for her to remain in the school system. The guidance provided has contributed to the improvement of her hygiene habits, as well as in the development of skills and abilities that are helping her to assume the commitment to her education.
Now, Marcelina contributes to her family's economy, through a small business they have at home, as well as helping her father make artisan bread.
Her positive attitude and dedication to her studies make her an example to follow.
Your contribution to the education of young people continues to transform the lives of the girls and those of their family environment. Thank you for your generosity.
The social projection of youth
Retalhuleu has a low Human Development Index due to the vulnerable conditions in which its inhabitants live, especially in rural areas. According to the National Institute of Statistics, it is estimated that in 2013 the department had 318,319 inhabitants, of which 17.49% were in general illiteracy in population aged 15 years and older; in men it was 15.18% and women 19.58%, which is why with the donations received we are helping to change these education statistics.
Your donation has been vital for the girls to continue studying, as opportunities in this area are precarious because jobs are scarce; most of the inhabitants work as day laborers on sugar cane farms, animal care, fishing and tropical fruit farms. The road to access the supported communities is dirt and sometimes asphalt, the communities have basic services like: water from wells, electricity and small businesses of articles of daily consumption. The needs in the community are: drinking water, Internet services, technology in the classrooms and improvement in the physical conditions of educational centers, since the lack of this causes them to emigrate to the central zone of the department, so school expenses will increase.
At the community level, the young women who received scholarships during these 3 years of support have had a social projection, which is well seen by the community, since the activities carried out have been: garbage collection, cleaning of the school, collection of food for the elders of the community and ornamentation in educational centers.
This month highlights the dynamism, solidarity, responsibility and community projection of Candy, who at fourteen was orphaned. She lives with her grandparents in the village of Ajaxa, studies the second year of high school and her passion is to help, since every morning before going to school she contributes to the cleanliness of the house, supports her grandparents in the planting, cutting and drying of corn, in addition to help her younger brother in his school work. Her village neighbors are looking to her for help guiding children on issues they don’t understand.
One of her hopes is to be able to continue studying the diversified cycle, and she also tells us that she wants to study a career that is related to numbers. Her classmates comment on how supportive Candy is, she likes to participate, give her opinion and help. Her teachers see her as an example to follow despite the difficult circumstances she has had to overcome.
With your donation, Candy’s story has changed, thank you for believing in the dream of each of the young girls.
Your donation continues to transform the lives of the girls in the department of Retalhuleu, in this opportunity we emphasize the importance of reading in the educational processes of the scholarship holders, since the project includes within its methodology the modality of Dialogical Reading, which has allowed the creation of the habit of reading, promoting a better oral and written expression in each of the girls.
The first semester of the year Guadalupe has received reading sessions and she shares with us that “reading for me has been like magic, because when I read with my sister we learn and she has helped us to improve our academic grades”, they are currently reading the book ‘The Rhinoceros’, which has motivated her to continue with her education.
Guadalupe likes to read in her spare time and support her mother in household chores and farm activities. In addition, she enjoys doing her homework and helping her twin sister with difficult subjects.
Thanks to your donation, 36 girls are receiving scholarships in this school year, 28 girls in the second basic grade who began to receive scholarships in 2018 and 8 who are starting high school. Thanks to the monitoring carried out in schools, it has been verified that 85% of the girls have satisfactory grades in the Communication and Language course, which has resulted in a positive effect on the reading sessions that are being implemented with the girls.
With your contribution to FUNDAP, you are cooperating in the education of young girls in the department of Retalhuleu; a fundamental reason for young girls to continue their education and not to turn into dropouts is the support that their parents give them, since, despite the circumstances they feel the support and continue in the pursuit of their dreams.
That is why, during this month the project’s efforts have focused on training parents on the importance of trust at home to generate motivation and continuity of their daughters in the education system.
The project contributes to strengthen not only the learning process of the girls who receive scholarships during the school year, but also to the parents who are given training workshops with the goal of contributing from home to: verifying school homework, motivate their daughters to continue with their studies and above all make sure they realize the importance of education to break the cycle of poverty.
Like the case of Ingrid that since her admission to the scholarship project in 2015 her shyness was visible and that prevented her from describing her longing and joy of studying, however, with the accompaniment activities she began to discover her potential: speak in public! and in 2018 she won the beauty pageant and oratory in her classroom.
Ingrid says: “the Scholarships project has transformed me and at the same time has believed in me, that makes me happy because I can be myself”. She is a young girl with many goals, besides her academic education she loves sewing and creating new clothes.
Thanks to the support you provide to FUNDAP, during this month we have been able to provide accompaniment to each of the young scholars in activities that promote solidarity and service, which they carry out together with their parents, fostering the development of the community, such as: community service where they provide one day of their time for tree planting, garbage collection and classification, gardens in educational center, among others.
Another activity that they do is the accompaniment in academic subjects to the girls of elementary level, with the development of their tasks in investigations, resolution of mathematical problems and topics that help their learning. In addition, if one of them begins to be discouraged, they visit their home as a group and talk about the importance of education and the opportunities it will have in their future as they continue studying.
Such is the case of Lilian, who is visited by several girls in her community, looking for help in the morning to investigate or do homework. In addition, she likes to share with them and rehearses and teaches them how to play the flute.
Another activity that Lilian promotes with the support of her mother, is to collect food for mothers who suffer some difficulty they know within their community.
Lilian is a committed young woman, aware that she can help others. For this reason your economic contribution to the project is vital for young girls like Lilian to continue with their education and be generating generators of development, that with what they have can offer help to those who need it.
In her free time she loves to help her mother in the domestic chores and thus contribute to keeping the house clean, as she shares: “My priority is to do my homework, because my goal is to finish this school year with good grades, but I know that when I finish them I can help at home.”
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