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
Here come the families to celebrate!
Here come the families to celebrate!

December 17, 2011 marked a historic day for the Mbaracayu Girls School.  49 girls celebrated becoming the first ever graduating class of the school. They all received a high school degree with an emphasis in environmental sciences. All of the girls had family members in attendance to share this proud moment.

This marks a huge achievement for the girls, their families, and the community. Many of the girls came to the institution timid, and with no self-esteem or motivation for the future. Now they all know their value and are not afraid of new challenges. Against all odds, the girls have no only completed a high school education, but they have also become self-confident young women with an entrepreneurial spirit and skills that will open never imagined opportunities for them. They have paved the way for other girls in the region to become professionals, study at university, and to be valued for their intellect. The girls have new expectations of what life has to offer, far beyond being relegated to extreme poverty, early child bearing, domestic violence as a norm, or involvement in the drug trade, prostitution, or human trafficking – all too often the only options available for many girls in the region.

A big thanks to all of you who made this dream a reality. Please continue to join us on this journey by helping the girls fund their college education.

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The proud graduates
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On January 9, 2012 Palmira Mereles is off to study at Earth University in San Jose, Costa Rica on full scholarship where she will complete a 4 year university degree in Agronomic Sciences.  She had to go through a grueling selection process involving essay writing, recommendations, individual interviews, and traveling several hours to take entrance exams.

Palmira comes from a small rural community 4 hours east of the Mbaracayu Reserve, and realized that her opportunities would be limited if she stayed in the community where a poor quality high school education was awaiting her, domestic violence was the norm, and many of her adolescent  piers had children. When she spoke about what she was embarking on, Palmira expressed how grateful she was to be a part of the Mbaracayu School. She stated, “The school is part of who I am. It has a great director, the girls support each other, we have an open dialogue, I have learned about women’s rights, and have created good memories. I never imagined I would have this opportunity.  The school helped me be able to move forward.”

Congratulations to Palmira for being a shining star, seizing this opportunity, and inspiring others.

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In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Mbaracayu School organized its second annual entrepreneurial forum consisting of games and activities to further cultivate skills in strategic development, communication, environmental conservation, merchandising, and sustainable projects. 150 students were able to benefit from the forum and develop new skills that advance their preparation for a lifetime of economic, social, and emotional wellbeing. The girls, their families, and the school staff have all worked hard to make this inspirational week a complete success.  

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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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