Scholarships & Training for Rural Guatemalan Women

by Kateri Tekakwitha Fund
May 20, 2013

News from the May Meeting

Blanca Surec Writng Her Sponsor
Blanca Surec Writng Her Sponsor

This month, the young women created a mural  from newspaper pictures using all the knowledge they have gained so far this year about  vocations and careers.  It was a way to review what they have learned while having fun.  They can see their creation each time they attend a meeting.

Lily Garcia Alvarado was welcomed as a new scholar moving us closer to our goal of 20 young women on scholarship for the year.  She is  studying for a career in computer  use in an office.  She is in first year of this high school level career.  She is from San Pedro Yepocapa in the state of Chimaltenango.  She studies weekends and helps her mother selling refrescos during the week.  She is enthusiastic about her studies and finds it interesting to explore and investigate with the computer.

The other students are all taking exams right now.  Their studies move along and they are all working hard to keep their grades up.  

In Francisca Sirin's village, they celebrated their annual fair.  They had religious activiites and a cultural night with many traditional songs, dances, etc.  The last day, they had a parade and all the  schools participated. They also had a soccer game and  the young people, both boys and girls, took part. 

Francisca and Sandra Lopez Cojti are both doing their student teaching.  Francisca is really enjoying working with the 4th graders, but she says that you need to pay attention to the mischievous children who don't want to work.  Sandra is working with two grades, 3rd and 4th. It appears to her that the 3rd graders are more responsible than the 4th graders.

Barabara Tartan's parents are very pleased because this is the last year of her career training.  They are busy in the fields sowing corn to harvest at the end of the year.  Barbara is a little worried because her grades have gone done so she plans to work harder to bring them up.

Reina Cuxil's school celebrated Mothers' Day in the municipal gymnasium in Chimaltenango.  They presented a dance dressed up us little children and they sang songs.  She enjoyed making marionettes in her Art Expression course during the month.

Marilena Patzan is busy studying to be a bi-lingual secretary weekends and during the week she works with her family harvesting peas.  This year's crop was a good one. Some they will sell for export and the rest they will sell in the local market. 

The girls as always are busy and working hard to fulfill all their responsibilities.

Emilsa Peren(on right)conferences with Paula Xocop
Emilsa Peren(on right)conferences with Paula Xocop

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Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

Location: Pacifica, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Kay Sweeney
Pacifica, CA United States
$13,299 raised of $21,000 goal
295 donations
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