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!