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
Twenty nine students graduate from CEM in 2015
Twenty nine students graduate from CEM in 2015

On December 13 of 2015, twenty-nine students graduated as the Class of 2015 from the Centro Educativo Mbaracayú. This year’s graduation event was affected by weather conditions and the roads were nearly impossible to traverse, making it difficult for many parents to attend.  Despite the weather problems, a simple ceremony was held, which was still emotional and entertaining, with students, teachers and parents offering a toast to the graduates at the end.

One very emotional moment was when Esther Chenguygui, from the Aché community of Arroyo Bandera, was called to accept her degree as technician of environmental sciences.  Esther has now become the second woman in her family to finish at the school: her sister as well studied at CEM.

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Eulalia with her students
Eulalia with her students

With much satisfaction and pride, we want to share the good news that Yolanda and Eulalia, two Aché students who graduated from CEM in 2011, completed their studies in the field of Professor of Bilingual Education in Spanish and Guaraní, both official languages of Paraguay.  Both students attended the Superior Institute of Linguistic Sciences of Villa Ygatimi.  The graduation ceremony will take place on October 24.  Eulalia is now teaching in the school in the Aché community of Arroyo Bandera.  This is a very important success, with a positive impact on both the lives of the new professors and for their community.

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CEM Stand at Teleton's Comilona
CEM Stand at Teleton's Comilona

5 CEM students traveled to the capital of Asuncion to participate in the charitable event “La Comilona de TELETON”, consisting of a great fair to benefit the Teleton Foundation. During the event, the CEM had a stand where they sold products produced on the CEM farm, such as tomatos, peppers, mandioca/yucca, peanuts, honey, dulce de leche, jam, etc.  Additionally an exposition was mounted with Yerba Mate, where information was given about Mbaracayú Lodge, and the different tourism packages available to visit the reserve.It was very successful and many products were sold, all for the autosuficiency of CEM and prepared specifically for the Teleton.  The event happens annually with thousands of people in attendance, and is an activity hosted by Foundation Teleton to finance their activities.  Vendors are invited to sell their products, with a percentage benefitting the Teleton and its activities for children with neuro/muscular/skeletal disabilities.

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Astrid at the 2014 Global Peace Convention
Astrid at the 2014 Global Peace Convention

Astrid, a graduate of CEM, is organizing various youth environmental education activities in the Community of Villa Rica.  She is a scholarship recipient at the National University in Villa Rica in her second year, studying environmental engineering with other scholarship students.

Strid is busy preparing for a three-day work shop to be held in Villa Rica and Paso Jovai about youth leadership and bioconstructions.  The workshop will be given alongside Peace Corps Volunteers.  Current CEM 1st and 2nd year students will attend this workshop, this first in which an alumnus is the instructor and organizer, in addition to participation from the Alumni Association of CEM.  This is a great opportunity to bring together a small group of the large family that is CEM, and an excellent opportunity to show current students what is possible with the education they are working so hard to receive.

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Graduates of Mbaracayu with brand new diplomas
Graduates of Mbaracayu with brand new diplomas

On December 15, 2014, 28 girls from the Centro Educativo Mbaracayu graduated with technical certificates in Environmental Sciences.  This is the fourth class to graduate from the rural, financially-self sustainable girls school since its inception in 2011.  

The girls that attend the Centro Educativo Mbaracayu had much to celebrate this year.  In addition to celebrating their graduation, the girls were named winners of the 2014 Stoplight Olympics, a yearly month-long competition for all of the Self-Sustainable Schools in which 350 students aim to elevate the quality of life of their families and eliminate poverty in five specific indicators: family savings, insurance (medical and funeral), diversified sources of income, capacity for planning and budgeting, communication and social capital.  Centro Educativo Mbaracayu had the highest amount of evidence collected and the best results.  The results are based on Fundacion Paraguaya's Poverty Stoplight Methodolgy, a self-evaluation that measures each family on 50 indicators of multidimensional poverty, then allows them to prioritize five indicators they want to improve.  Centro Educativo Mbaracayu had the most families improve those five indicators, and were rewarded with a trip from Mbaracayu, far in the east of Paraguay, to Asuncion, 8 hours away, to tour the capital city and visit the offices of Fundacion Paraguaya and Fundacion Moises Bertoni, both organizations that run the school.

Thanks to the generous assistance of our donors and supporters, we can prepare these girls and many just like them to improve their lives and the lives of their family's.

Graduates celebrate the end of the year
Graduates celebrate the end of the year
Students from Mbaracayu give presentation
Students from Mbaracayu give presentation
Students from Mbaracayu at the Fundacion Paraguaya
Students from Mbaracayu at the Fundacion Paraguaya
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