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

by Fondo Guadalupe Musalem A.C.
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Say Yes to Women's Education of Oaxaca, Mexico.
President of the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem A.C.
President of the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem A.C.

Dear Donor, I am Beatriz Avila Curiel President of the Board of Directors of "Fondo Guadalupe Musalem". I had the opportunity to be part of this educational project since 2012, although before that I did volunteer work, sharing my time and experience to benefit the education of talented young Oaxacan girls.

I want to thank you for being part of these 25 years in which together we have created the opportunity for more women from indigenous and afromexican communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, to know new realities for them selves, their families and communities.

Nothing would be possible without your support; we recognize and deeply appreciate that you continue to make your donations even in these moments of pandemic in which the health, emotional, and economic stability of families are being affected throughout the world and mainly for the people who live in communities that even before COVID-19 do not have a health system, technology, and many other services.  This is the case for the families of our young beneficiaries, who are in isolated communities with very low economic resources.

As you know, Fondo Guadalupe Musalem strengthens the scholarship students in a comprehensive manner accompanied by various supports: medical, psychological, a monthly economic grant, and a hostel for young women studying at the university in Oaxaca City. It also hosts meetings for high school students who come to receive their training. However, since April 2020 their learning processes are virtual. Your donation has allowed their education to be uninterrupted by giving them the opportunity to receive telephone recharges so that they can access the internet.

2021 will be a year of great challenges, which we will be able to overcome thanks to your generosity and support. Our project “ Sí a la educación de las mujeres en Oaxaca, México!“  is about to reach the goal proposed for 2020. We will begin 2021 with a new goal  which in 2022 will guarantee that 25 women will complete their high school studies.

I wish you are healthy and with the hope of wanting us alive and well. If we take care of ourselves, we will succeed. Thanks to you, we are working for a world with more opportunities for women. Thank you so much!

Academic advising
Academic advising
Self-care workshop
Self-care workshop
Stress and time management workshop
Stress and time management workshop
Meeting of the FGM, scholars and parents
Meeting of the FGM, scholars and parents

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Evelia wearing her traditional dress
Evelia wearing her traditional dress

Hello Dear Donors,

My name is Evelia. I am from Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, México and and I speak Mixe.

I am presently studying Communication and New Media at the Claustro de Sor Juana University in Mexico City, thanks to the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem support and thanks to the HeForShe scholarship I recieved from my university in conjunction with ONU Mujeres.

Having been part of the scholarship program of the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem has been one of the most important experiences of my life. I received support during the three years of my highschool studies. The scholarhip not only offered me economic support to cover necesities, but also academic support, something which most scholarships don´t include. We received personalized help with our studies when we had difficulties with certain subjects, and orientation on choosing our career. We were also offered workshops on subjects on which we receive no information at school, such as responsable sexuality, prevention of gender violence and many more.

At a university level, the HeForShe scholarship covers tuition, but the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem helps me with the expernses transportation, food, housing and school materials incurr. With this support I feel confident and can concentrate on my studies. I finished my fourth semester with a 9.4 grade point average out of 10, the equivalent of an A average.


The greatest challenge I faced was when I left my community to travel to Mexico City to apply for the HeForShe grant. I almost decided not to go study there because I heard of the dangers of the city such as violence, kidnapping, etc. Once I finished the application procedure and returned to my community, I was notified that I had won the scholarhip. I was very excited but also afraid. But because I so wanted to reach my goals and fulfill my dreams, I went to Mexico City and now I am very happy to have taken that decision.

I believe that women´s education is important because we live in a very unequal world and having an education is one of the ways of leveling this inequality, more so If one is from an indigenous community where access, lack of motivational support, and economic resources make it difficult to continue one´s studies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me the opportunity of undertaking university level studies. Thanks to you the Fondo Guadalupe Musalem continues to support us. I am very grateful for your donation and hope that you will continue to help other young women to reach their goals.

Sincerely, Evelia

Thank you for supporting our education
Thank you for supporting our education
Virtual academic support
Virtual academic support
Digital security workshop
Digital security workshop
Reading workshop
Reading workshop
New scholarship holders
New scholarship holders

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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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