Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education

by Cojolya Association
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Oliver receiving his sixth grade diploma
Oliver receiving his sixth grade diploma

Misael and Oliver feel very happy about the goal that they reached. Oliver shared the following: “I am happy that I finished primary school, and at the same time, I’m excited because next year I will be starting middle school. My hope is to have a profession in the future so I can help my younger siblings so that they can study too.”

This year, around the world, it has not been easy to get an education. It has been even harder for Mayan communities. In Mayan communities, education has been irregular, and students have had to study from their homes, with access to fewer resources. Many students did not have their teachers’ constant accompaniment because of the restrictions, and they could not get in contact with their teachers by internet because they did not have access to this resource. The most complicated part is that many of their parents did not attend school and were therefore unable to help their children much.

For the children, it was not easy to study this year. It was a major challenge for them to have to develop their own learning experience. Misael and Oliver triumphed because of their dedication and effort. The program accompanied them along this difficult journey,providing them with physical copies of materials on the topics they had to study, since they could not come to Cojolya to use the computers or internet. Even though the middle school students were able to take laptops to work from their homes, the primary school students could not use the computers without any guidance.

The program seeks to support the students economically and provide them with pedagogical accompaniment. The social program has had a positive effect on the artisans’ children’s lives. Many youth have gone far because of this support. As a result of our program, we have an accountant, three teachers, and primary and high school graduates. Other students have been able to achieve their goals over time.

We must come together to support the children and youths in the program in achieving their dreams.

You can support these children and youth through donations, so that next year, the students can have school supplies, access the internet for free, make copies, and more.

2 Siblings Misael and Oliver, celebrating their tr
2 Siblings Misael and Oliver, celebrating their tr
Misael displaying his diploma
Misael displaying his diploma
Siblings Oliver and Misael share their happiness i
Siblings Oliver and Misael share their happiness i
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Accompaniment of students
Accompaniment of students

A través de su programa social, Cojolya ha estado velando por los procesos educativos de los hijos de los artesanos, para que los alumnos puedan realizar sus tareas escolares sin obstáculos.

Hadasa está en cuarto grado. Es responsable y dedicada a sus estudios. Ahora que está estudiando desde casa sin la presencia de su maestra, ha estado trabajando aún más para terminar su tarea.

Ella y su hermano Israel, estudiante de secundaria, han venido al edificio Cojolya para recibir acompañamiento pedagógico y tener a su disposición todos los recursos que necesitan, incluyendo computadoras, internet, útiles escolares y más.

A pesar de esta situación, Hadasa está trabajando duro por sus sueños, ya que quiere trabajar en un banco en el futuro y su hermano quiere ser ingeniero de sistemas. Son niños que sueñan con un futuro mejor. Por eso Cojolya está haciendo todo lo posible para apoyar a estos niños, para que puedan hacer realidad sus sueños. Sus padres brindan mucho apoyo moral, pero los padres también necesitan apoyo para mantener a sus hijos en la escuela.

Así como estos dos hermanos están trabajando duro para continuar con sus actividades escolares, los otros estudiantes del programa están haciendo lo mismo.

José Miguel es un chico que también está trabajando duro para seguir con sus estudios. Sus maestros le envían tareas por correo electrónico. A veces, dice que las tareas son difíciles, pero con el apoyo de Cojolya, logra completar sus actividades. Tenía a su disposición una computadora portátil que Cojolya le prestó para que pudiera hacer sus tareas desde casa.

En medio de la crisis y la pandemia, los niños y jóvenes están a punto de terminar el año escolar 2020.

Todo el apoyo que están recibiendo es posible gracias a los donantes.

Hadasa doing her homework at Cojolya
Hadasa doing her homework at Cojolya
Israel doing his homework at Cojolya
Israel doing his homework at Cojolya
Jose Miguel is working from home.
Jose Miguel is working from home.

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Damariz reads her book at home
Damariz reads her book at home

Education in Guatemala has been more difficult this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March, the students have not been able to go to school, nor have they been able to learn online because Guatemala has not been able to implement an extensive technological infrastructure in all of its schools, many students don’t know how to use technology, and few have computers in their homes.

In the early days of the pandemic, the students had nothing to study. Because of this, teachers began looking for ways to keep educating their kids without exposing them to the contagion of COVID-19.

They found that the best way was through home visits to bring students homework and worksheets so that the students keep learning with their family’s support.

The students supported through our program are making a concerted effort to succeed. We are looking for ways to continue supporting these kids so that they can finish the school activities that their teachers are leaving in their homes.

So that our students can do their homework this month, we brought them school supplies such as paper, crayons, pencils, paint and books, with the goal that the students can continue realizing their scholastic responsibilities as these academic activities can be done from their homes manually. Having school supplies is necessary to perform these tasks and their families would not be able to provide them because of the economic situation right now.   

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Some work books for our students
Some work books for our students

The Mano a Mano para el Desarrollo program is preparing new booklets for reading comprehension, so that students can acquire new knowledge while at home with their families.

Most of the students turned in the reading brochures they worked on this week. It is up to them to do new exercises to keep them learning and make sure they do not fall behind in school, even as classes have been cancelled for more than 3 months. 

The Mano a Mano program, in addition to providing reading exercises to our students, has also facilitated the use of a laptop for José Miguel who is a fourth-year student. He is currently receiving his school assignments through emails so the Mano a Mano program loaned him a laptop so that he can perform his tasks without problems.

Faced with this crisis, José Miguel continues to study the respective content for his academic training so he won’t fall beyond. This is not the case for every student. Lack of internet access and home computers mean that online learning is impossible for many students. Also, a lack of education on the part of parents means that they cannot always help their children with schoolwork. This is why we have tried to work hard to be sure that these barriers do not keep students from reaching their full potential and adapting to at-home school is one of the many challenges Coronavirus has brought. Thankfully with computers for loan and booklets that we have created, we can do a small part in continuing the education of the next generation while on lockdown.

Working online with a loaned computer!
Working online with a loaned computer!
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Israel helping Damaris with her work
Israel helping Damaris with her work

Our Mano a Mano por el Desarollo project is doing everything possible to reach out to students in these times of crisis since they are no longer going to school. Teaching and learning have been hugely affected these past several weeks. For this reason, the program is doing its best to send learning activity materials that students can do from home.

Damaris is a 7-year-old girl in first grade. At the beginning of the year, she was excited because she was going to learn to read and write. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closing of schools has interrupted Damaris’s learning. Going to school is the only avenue of learning literacy for many students, especially because their parents cannot read or write. Further, there are few technological resources available out of school, including access to computers, or even books, which makes it difficult for students to continue their learning. This crisis has highlighted the difficulties in providing a stable education, as well as the importance of literacy programs and education support. 

With the learning materials that Mano a Mano, and our teacher Chonita, send to the students, Damaris is learning how to read and write from home. Israel, her older brother is helping her to recognize the sounds and letters of the alphabet. With Israel’s help, Damaris is making progress in her learning. Sending learning materials and homework to students is the most effective way the program has found in maintaining our students' progress. It often keeps them from getting bored at home and offers a familiar routine. Despite the critical situation the world is in at the moment, we must offer some educational support for the generation of the future. 

Damaris coloring and learning the letters
Damaris coloring and learning the letters
Israel and Damaris working on their assignments
Israel and Damaris working on their assignments

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Cojolya Association

Location: Santiago Atitlan Solola - Guatemala
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Twitter: @Cojolya
Project Leader:
Jose Sicay Mesia
Santiago Atitlan, Solola Guatemala
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