Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University

by Fundacion Paraguaya
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Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University
Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University

The Mbaracayú Educational Center was established with the goal of providing access to quality education to vulnerable adolescent girls from rural areas. As such, we are committed to facilitating and encouraging different opportunities for our students and graduates to develop professionally. Recently, two of our graduates, Ruht (Class of 2014) and Palmira (Class of 2011), were selected to attend the regional event, TechCamp for Entrepreneurs, that will take place in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The TechCamp for Entrepreneurs is a 2 to 3-day event that aims to improve media literacy and counter disinformation among youth. The event gathers emerging leaders from the South American region that are interested in human rights, gender equality, discrimination, and social activism. The TechCamp for Entrepreneurs offers them an opportunity to learn about existing technologies and encourages them to develop online solutions to improve media literacy and counter disinformation.  

Ruht and Palmira are both outstanding professionals in their respective fields—Ruht received her degree in Human Ecology Engineering from the National University of Asunción, Paraguay and Palmira graduated from Earth University in Costa Rica with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. We are extremely proud of our graduates and can’t wait to see what they do next!

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The efforts of Mbaracayú Educational Center to provide quality education to poor rural adolescent girls from neighboring communities are reflected in the achievements of its students.

Aymara is a class of 2016 graduate who obtained a full scholarship in 2017 to enroll at Universidad Earth from Costa Rica. After 4 years of pursuing her academic goals, she has successfully completed her degree in Agronomy Engineering. Later she was chosen from a selected group of qualified students due to her determination, academic achievements, community involvement, leadership skills, and her commitment to be an agent of change to aid the present and future of our planet.

Rocío is another stellar Mbaracayú graduate (Class of 2015). Her high school achievements allowed her to secure a scholarship in Formosa, Argentina. This shows how crucial it is to sponsor the educational needs of rural and underprivileged students.

We are so proud of Aymara and Rocío, as this shows the deep commitment the Mbaracayu Educational Center has with each and every single one of the students. We are committed to building a better world, investing in disadvantaged communities where girls are in dire need of accessing education.

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Chavela, a 2016 graduate from the Centro Educativo Mbaracayú, has been dedicating her time to the cultivation of strawberries in the city of Ybybycua, in the department of San Pedro.

Motivated by the knowledge acquired at the self-sustaining agricultural school, she began production in March of this year, with the help of her whole family. Chavela has started this venture with great enthusiasm. She reports that the entire production process was smooth because there were not any issues with pests or diseases.

Confident after creating a successful business in her last year of school, and thanks to lots of practice with preparing a business plan, this young lady has prospered in this initiative by selling her own production. Marketing her product locally at the beginning and having a delivery service has allowed her to reach out to multiple customers. Additionally, Chavela’s entrepreneurial skills have allowed her to reach out to people in other neighborhoods and cities.

Today she shares her story with us in order to encourage others to support the national production of small agricultural entrepreneurs like herself, and more specifically, the work of rural women who are struggling to be recognized and valued in this line of work. 

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Former Student Romina
Former Student Romina

We are pleased to inform the community that a 23 year old former student of the Mbaracayú School managed to obtain a full scholarship at the University of Earth in Costa Rica.

She is originally from the Yasy Kuña district of the Canindeyú Department, Romina, who completed high school in 2020, applied for study abroad opportunities. With the dream of continuing her studies studying Agronomic Engineering, she achieved her goals with a lot of effort and dedication.

Romina thanks the teachers who shaped her education and especially her family. Her teachers were proud of the accomplishment of this former student.

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Organic Vegetable Garden
Organic Vegetable Garden

Given the situation that has been faced worldwide and the negative effects that it caused in businesses, institutions and individuals, as support for the students of the Mbaracayu School and especially their families, we have implemented small businesses called Micro Franchises with the aim that they can increase their income through the sale of these products. In this period we have worked together with the families, carrying out follow-up, training, delivery of implementation manuals, tips and assisting their doubts and queries in the process.

It is important to mention that the families were trained in the development of a business plan, which strengthens the management of a micro-enterprise. On behalf of the other families, today we share the story of Gloria Riquelme González, from the Mbaracayu Self-sustaining School, who, with much effort and perseverance, finished the Organic Vegetable Garden course. The harvest of chard, squash, green onion, and carrot used for her family consumption and the sale of it for saving and reinvestment. Gloria learned to improve her plot construction and management techniques, she remained organized by planning her activities and following her organic crop management plan.

She expresses being very grateful and above all happy with the benefit that she was able to get from both the teachings of the course, as well as the final results when harvesting her vegetables from her.

All the families of the students of the third year of the Mbaracayu School were the people that benefit from this project. 

Amount used in local currency Gs. 15,000,000 aproximate an USD 2350.00

Organic Vegetable Garden
Organic Vegetable Garden
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Fundacion Paraguaya

Location: Asuncion, Central - Paraguay
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Luis Sanabria
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Asuncion, NA Paraguay
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