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Say Yes to Women's Education of Oaxaca, Mexico.

by Fondo Guadalupe Musalem A.C.
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Karen
Karen

Hello dear donors,

My name is Karen. I am from a community in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico. I am writing to tell you a bit about myself and how your donations are helping me reach my goals.

I live in a nice house near the entrance to my town with my mother, father and four siblings. I have had a Guadalupe Musalem Fund scholarship since 2017. During this time, the the Fund has provided me with tools to become a community leader and a good student, by means of a comprehensive support programe.

I am very pleased to have been able to continue my high school studies. Without the Guadalupe Musalem Fund´s economic support this would have been difficult. Thanks to the grant, I am able to pay for school materials, fees, uniform, and school breakfast. And am also able to help my family with expenses such as electricity, wáter, gas, and food.

These last few months have been quite challenging for me and my family. The sanitary norms imposed by the Covid-19 epidemic, have not allowed us to carry out some income generating activities. For the same reasonclases have been suspended on a national level, and I am studying at home.

For the time being, the Guadalupe Musalem Fund is giving online training. We are working in areas such as: academic support, sexual and reproductive rights, psychogical support, and photography. Though all this is very new for us, we are being able to carry out these activities, and find them as satisfying and enjoyable as when I participate in person in the valuable workshops offered.

The Guadalupe Musalem Fund has played a very important role in my life. By encouraging me to do volunteer work in my community, I discovered my ability to transmit knowledge in the áreas of violence, self-esteem, values, and digital securiy, by means of the workshops I facilitate in the educational institutions of my town.

Besides, my fellow third year grantees and I were offered vocational orientation workshops, where I was able to explore my interests and concerns, and was able to prepare myself for applying to universities.

The good news is that I took my entrance exams, competing with many young people from all over the country, and had extraordinary results. Therefore, I will be studying education at the National University (UNAM).

I not only aim to study to become a teacher in order to have a good job, but to provide a grain of sand towards improving education in my community, and paving the way towards working on education at a national level.

Today I want to express my deep gratitude for your help in advancing my education and that of all the young women of the Guadalupe Musalem Fund.

I know that because of your support I will achieve my goal of finishing my university studies and that fills me with joy.

Thank you so much!

Scholars in community work planning
Scholars in community work planning
Scholar in academic advising
Scholar in academic advising
Chemistry classes
Chemistry classes
Women scholars in photography class
Women scholars in photography class
In photography class
In photography class

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Maricela
Maricela

Dear donor,

I am Maricela, originally from an indigenous community in Oaxaca. I speak the Chatina language.

I was a Fondo Guadalupe Musalem scholarship recipient from 2006 to 2009. I want to share with you that when I applied for this scholarship I needed the money to study; I had no idea what awaited me as a scholarship holder. Each time I came to receive training, I realized that my story was very similar to those of my classmates.

Here at the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem I learned to give and share. I decided to work for my community because I realized that for things to change, the solutions have to come from those within the communities. From 2006 to 2011, I conducted several activities such as discussions, talks, book management, but I understood that I could not achieve much alone and in 2012, with community partners, we founded a collective that we call Sha Kuií, which means New Light.

While studying Education Sciences at UABJO and in order not to lose the link that had established community work and the relationship with civil associations, I was doing activities with the Rosario Castellanos Women's Studies Group to benefit my classmates at the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem. I collaborated with the GES since beginning to study at the university and it was my first work experience. They invited me to be part of the Assembly and since about 4 years ago I have been part of the Board of Directors.

I went on to connect with other organizations and because of the work I was doing, they proposed that I join the General Assembly of the Simone de Boauvoir Leadership Institute, whose work contributes to understanding interculturality, with a focus on women and indigenous peoples.

Since 2014 I have participated in the National Political Assembly of Indigenous Women, a branch of a nationwide network of indigenous women working to make our rights known and defended. As of January 2020, I will be the Ecology Director for three years in my community. This is a great achievement for me because in several communities in Oaxaca, women have no public participation.

I want to express my gratitude to you for donating to the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem. You cannot imagine all the changes that we generate. The support you are giving is being accompanied by tutors working in a developmental process of friendship and love. I invite you to continue donating, to continue being the voice of this project that supports the education of women.

The scholars visit the Oaxaca Lending Library.
The scholars visit the Oaxaca Lending Library.
Leticia and Marina in Academic Counseling
Leticia and Marina in Academic Counseling
The scholarship in the cinema debate
The scholarship in the cinema debate
Ana Cristina in vocational guidance class
Ana Cristina in vocational guidance class

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Lina Herrera
Lina Herrera

I am Lina Herrera, president of the Guadalupe Musalem Fund.
23 years ago I had the privilege of mentoring the second grantee of the fund. It was very special to be close to her, learn from her traditions and witness her challenges. I also watched her grow, mature and empower herself.

Since then, I have to collaborate voluntarily for this organization. This is work that inspires, nourishes, and teaches me the value of what is possible. I learn from these wonderful young women what is tenacity, simplicity, pride in their culture and the desire to continue studying and meet their goals.

It is not an easy task to excel in school, the circumstances in which these girls unfold include disadvantage and inequality: they are women, they are indigenous and they come from families with limited financial resources. They are young people who are at risk of dropping out of school because they live in an environment of profound gender inequality, the opportunities are not the same for men and women and yet, most of them, do not let these challenges take away the opportunity to continue studying and weaving the reality of their dreams.
It is worth mentioning that some of them travel up to 3 hours each way, every day, just to get to school from their communities.
For many, this vision includes helping their family experience a less difficult life than the one they have, and, not only do they get ahead but, they achieve much more than is expected from them.
From 1995 to date, 153 young women have been supported with high school scholarship and 46 who have benefited throughout their entire university career or part of it. We soon realized that it was not enough to give them the grant money, since they come from their communities (some of which are several hours away), we also offer them: a monthly stipend for her, the accompaniment of a mentor, academic support, workshops on different topics like violence prevention, leadership, equality of gender, community development and  medical and psychological care.

Recently I taught them a course on “Conflict resolution at school”, which offered them tools to help them have a more assertive communication with their classmates, teachers and family members; I was amazed at the way in which they understood the concepts, the testimonials they shared when applying the techniques at home, were extremely moving.

All this could not be a reality without the donations generously provided, by you and all the people who think like us at the Fund: access to education can change someone’s  life.

We are very excited to share that, with your support, by the end of October we achieved the initial goal of raising $ 18,000 US Dlls, enough to support 10 (of the total of 25) young high school students through the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, another 14 women get support for university studies in the same cycle.

We will close the year 2019 with a total of 60 women supported! We invite you to continue collaborating to our cause, to empower more women to have access to their education.
Thank you for making possible the fulfillment of so many dreams in Oaxaca, Mexico!

Course on "Conflict resolution at school"
Course on "Conflict resolution at school"
Ana and Krystel in Academic Counseling
Ana and Krystel in Academic Counseling
Course on Soundscapes
Course on Soundscapes
Young women in teen pregnancy prevention course
Young women in teen pregnancy prevention course
Workshop to prevent breast cancer
Workshop to prevent breast cancer

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Blanca Flor
Blanca Flor

Hello dear donors,

My name is Blanca Flor. I live in a community in the Mixteca Baja, 8 hours from the city of Oaxaca in México, and I will soon begin my third year in high school.

I want to share with you that of the six members in my family, I am the first female member to study in high school. This is something that motivates me because my parents are very happy and conscious that everyone, female or male, has a right to education.

One day in class, the person in charge of education came and showed us the application to receive a scholarship from Fondo Guadalupe Musalem. From this moment I knew I could have the opportunity to study in my high school. When I studied via telesecundaria, online secondary school, it was very complicated because I had to help my parents sell tortillas, pumpkin and tomatillo seeds. The economy was very difficult at this time.

Since I was small my dream has been to be a doctor, because in my community there are no doctors to attend to us. I have suffered because I have had appendicitis and needed to transfer to another place four hours from my community. Because of this, I want to study medicine and help everyone because occasionally we have suffered deaths in my community due to a lack in medical care.

When I was a girl I had stomach pains, migraines, and I was anemic. In my community we didn’t have the resources to get medicine, so my mother cured me with only traditional medicine.

In the time that I have been a scholarship recipient and have attended workshops, I can already analyze what I want: that as women we have new opportunities and that nobody can prevent us from obtaining what we really want.

The workshops about gender that I have received here in FGM have served me well in that everything I learn, I can share with the other kids and teenagers in my community. I give workshops to children in elementary school, online secondary school, and high school, sharing everything that I have learned from FGM, especially violence prevention. Everyone who participates in the workshops is changing their mentality of how to act.

When I studied in online secondary school, I wasn’t interested in books and I didn’t like reading. When I arrived at FGM, they lent us books to read, and this was where my interest in reading grew. Books have helped me to think more and learn about new places.

If I hadn’t received the FGM scholarship, my life would be completely different because in my community it is traditional for girls to stop studying at 15 and get married. At my age I would be a mother or working in the fields to maintain my family.

I am very grateful for the donors that have donated to Fondo Guadalupe Musalem because it permits us to continue the workshops that strengthen us, as well as the economic benefits that allow us to continue our studies.

Andrea in academic counseling
Andrea in academic counseling
Meeting of graduates and grantees
Meeting of graduates and grantees
Presentation of community works
Presentation of community works
Young women happy to finish narrative class
Young women happy to finish narrative class
Visit to the General Archive of the State of Oaxac
Visit to the General Archive of the State of Oaxac

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Brenda Luzmar
Brenda Luzmar

Dear donor:

 

My name is Brenda. I'm 17 years old. I am studying my sixth semester of Telebachillerato Comunitario. My community is called Rancho Nuevo it is 12 hours from the capital city of Oaxaca in Mexico.

I want to tell you that being a Fondo Guadalupe Musalem Scholarship recipient has been a dream of mine, knowing that with this scholarship I will be able to enter the university to study a degree in Business Administration. This is my biggest goal right now and I hope to achieve it.

My father works in the fields, he is a farmer, and my mother works at home. I have three brothers. I am the first of my family to enter the university. My father and mother are proud that I am studying. In my community, women cannot study because they get married at an early age and because there is not enough income, but my parents have guided me to study in order to improve my life.

In my community, people say that I am a woman who can improve herself and they have been very impressed by the fact that each month I travel to the city of Oaxaca to receive training in many subjects such as photography, academics, learning skills and strategies, etc. Importantly, I receive the financial support that helps me so much to pay for my studies.

Everything I have learned in the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem has been very important. I really like to share with my classmates issues such as: violence prevention in relationships, caring for the environment, and the love of reading.

What I have learned has helped me in psychological and scholastic ways; I have shared the topics of prevention of gender violence and sexuality with the young people in my community, especially those in high school because they are the ones who understand best what I teach them.

I think it is important that young women study because everyone has the right to study, to have their own goals, to not to suffer discrimination. I study because I want to improve myself, I want to support my brothers so that they also study, and above all I want to contribute to my community.

In my community, unfortunately, we do not have a library to go to learn about some subject or simply read, but in the Fondo I have books available to me. I love reading history books and other books related to my studies.

I want to thank you for your donations because thanks to you I am going to finish my baccalaureate and I am motivated to study more. I thank you with all my heart for supporting me and for remaining interested in contributing to the education of young women who have all the desire to continue studying but do not have the economic resources to do so.

Young women in yoga session
Young women in yoga session
Concepcion in academic counseling
Concepcion in academic counseling
Women scholars in photography workshop
Women scholars in photography workshop
Women in math class
Women in math class

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Fondo Guadalupe Musalem A.C.

Location: Santa Lucia del Camino - Mexico
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