Help Poor Rural Girls in Paraguay go to University

by Fundacion Paraguaya
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.

CEM Stand at Teleton
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.

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.

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

Celebrating its 15th year, Paraguay’s Entrepreneur Forum (FEP in Spanish) has gathered more than 200 young people from across sectors and places of the country. This year’s Forum made especial emphasis at encouraging the youth to use their creativity, talent and energy in benefit of social and environmental change. The event was organized by Fundación Paraguaya in representation of Junior Achievement Paraguay, and took place for four days at the San Francisco self-sustainable Agricultural School in Benjamin Aceval (Chaco region). The hosting school was the first of its kind and has served as a model for the creation of the Mbaracayú Educational Center and many others to follow. Four young girls from the Educational Center took part of the event, which consisted in training gatherings, plenary sessions with national and international speakers, social events and cultural competitions, among many others engaging activities. The girls’ participation attained great recognition, wining first place at the Forum’s sustainability project competition and nocturnal games activities. Their successful participation at the Forum, along other 250 young students, evidenced the Center’s work and commitment to the integral development of its students. This was a great opportunity for the girls to not only show the  work carried by the Center’s educational curriculum, but to interact with other young students, to further develop social entrepreneurship skills and, more importantly, to show their full potential and a promising future. 


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Fundacion Paraguaya

Location: Asuncion, Central - Paraguay
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Luis Sanabria
General Manager
Asuncion, NA Paraguay

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