Provide work experience for 10 Indigenous women

by Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

 With regret we have decided to deactivate this project.  We have not been receiving enough donations to keep the project running.  Because of the donations we received while it was active, we were able to fund a half time six month internship for Mishel Cutzal.  You read her reports on the benefit that she received from the internship. 

There is a small amount of money left in this Fund and it will be put into our regular scholarship program. If you would like to continue supporting young Guatemalan women as they seek to better their lives, you can switch your support to our scholarship program that is also featured on Global Giving.


Again-thank you for your support.

Mishel at Work in the Office
Mishel at Work in the Office

For me, this position with the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund has been a good experience.  I have learned many things that I did not know before. This experience has been very useful to me.  It will make it easier for me to secure a job.  In Guatemala, it is always necessary to arrive with experience when you apply for a job opportunity.

In the office of the Fund I have received various knowledge as I was able to help the bookkeeper to realize her activities.  For a bookkeeper, it is essential to know diffferent methods of keeping the accounts of an institution.  A bookkeeper also needs to know how to file adequately the documents that come in.

The course that the Fund provided for me was very useful.  It was very practical and I have applied it to various activities.  I also can add this workshop to my resume.

During my work experience in the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund, I realized the following activities for the benefit of the office. 

  • Filing- Organized all the files and put the documents in order under the direction of Juana Cun, the Bookkeeper.
  • Computer- Checked the email daily and advised the office staff that they had mail. Published birthday greetings on the Fund's Facebook page for the scholarship participants and staff. 
  • Photos- Organized annual photos of the scholarship young women.
  • Particimetro- In colaboration with the scholarship coordinator used the skills from the workshop to make the scholarship meeting more dynamic.

I am thankful to the Kateri Fund and to you the donors for the opportunity you give me to work in the Kateri office and have a half year of experience that will be a benefit to my work life.


Mishel Cutzal, Intern Office Assistant
Mishel Cutzal, Intern Office Assistant

I am very happy that the Fund has been able to extend my work experience to a complete six months because you received additional funding. I feel very good working in the Fund.  I always do the best I can to accept and complete my responsibilities and help my workmates in every way possible.

I thank you for letting me continue for three more months to gain more work experience and learn from the Fund staff.  They always explain to me how to do things when I don't know how to do them.

I feel very content doing my work in the Fund and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn


Mishel Cutzal

Mishel Cutzal, Assistant in Kateri Office
Mishel Cutzal, Assistant in Kateri Office

In April, the Kateri Fund decided to use the donations and pledges  we have already received to start the work experience program on a limited basis.  Mishel Cutzal, a recent graduate of the Kateri Scholarship Program, was hired for three months to work as an assistent in the Kateri Office in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.  Mishel graduated with her certificate as a bookkeeper.  She is doing general office work helping all of the staff with filing, running errands which are time consuming in Guatemala, keeping supplies in stock, answering the phone, as well as working with the Kateri bookkeeper.  The most valuable part of this experience for Mishel is getting used to a work routine- arriving on time, completing the tasks assigned, getting along with everyone in the office and adjusting to different work styles, as well as receiving her first salary.  For the Kateri staff, it frees them of some of the routine tasks, so they have more time to devote to their main duties. 

Carmela Paz Bal, the staff coordinator, reports that Mishel has been accomplishing a great deal in the time she has been with them. Her presence is helping the staff with many projects, such as getting the files up to date, accomplished.  They all find her a pleasure to work with.  We would like to give her at least a six month work experience, so she will be able to put that on her curriculum vitae, but at present we only have funding for three months.  If you can make an extra donation or can pass this information on to friends and family, a longer work experience could become a reality.

Juana Ixmata, Work Experience Graduate  2007
Juana Ixmata, Work Experience Graduate 2007

As we reported in November,  six young women graduated from our scholarship program ready to start work in their careers.  Their challenge now is to find a job.  Without experience they find this difficult.  Work is scarce in Guatemala and so there is much competition for a few positions. 

Carmela Paz Bal and Emilsa Peren, the scholarship staff,  have plans ready to go to provide work experience for these and other young women. There are possible placements available.  There are young women seeking this help.  We are, however, still short of the minimum of $1000 to fund at least one young woman. 

The young woman would receive a stipend of approximately $100 a month as she gains experience in her career.  In the past, we have placed young women in a school setting where they worked in the office, with parents, and organized a library.  Another young woman worked in the Kateri Fund office with our bookkeeper gaining experience in her career field. A third worked in an institution helping young children write letters to their sponsors in an aid program.  All these young women used this experience to find jobs after their work experience was finished.

We would like to be able to restart this program and are putting all the donations we receive in a separate account until we can grow it to $1000 minimum.  As you can see, as of this month, we have $253 toward the $1000.  We have 2 recurring donations of $20 a month, so the fund is growing slowly.  Please consider adding your donation so the fund can grow faster.  Let your friends and family know about the project and ask them to contribute.  A donations as small as $10 a month will keep the fund growing.  Invest in these young women.  They are willing workers, but need a little help from a friend!


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Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

Location: Pacifica, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Kay Sweeney
Pacifica, California United States

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