Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala

by Asociacion Para el Desarrollo Integral Filantropis, ONG
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala
Send 10 Maya Ixil Youth to University in Guatemala

Evelyn is a charismatic and friendly young woman with a dream to serve her community as a professional nurse. Evenlyn is 22 years old, from Chajul, Guatemala, and is the second youngest of five siblings. This year, she is working on the final steps of completing her professional nursing degree. She is putting her academic knowledge into experience via practicums in hospital and community-based nursing. At the beginning of her internships, Evelyn shared that she felt a hesitancy that one experiences with any challenge. She was nervous to have initial contact with patients in the community, but soon realized that her training and identity allowed her to serve others. She loves supporting the people of the region, providing care and attention in the local language, Ixil. Evelyn found that her ability to speak to her patients in the local language, and to share their cultural identity, was equally as important to the people that she was treating; she has had patients express appreciation for her kindness and service, as well. Being able to put into practice all that she has learned in her University courses - as well as via the mentorship and training she receives from Filantropis - has made her fall even more in love with her career as a professional nurse. 

The next step for Evelyn, after completing her practicums, will be to prepare for and pass a comprehensive exam, giving her the degree and credentials necessary to practice professionally. She will be doing this during the Fall semester. We are so grateful for the contributions that you all are making, and continue to make, to allow Chajulense students such as Evenlyn to gain their university degrees and to support their community. We are also so proud to see Evelyn fulfill her university dreams; we know that you join Filantropis in wishing her her success in her professional life and her desire to serve the community of Chajul.

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Juana is a professional serving her community
Juana is a professional serving her community

Thank you for supporting the work of Filantropis ONG in Guatemala! Did you know that the association is 100% led by local changemakers? The entire team of Filantropis is a graduate of the Scholars program, or is currently pursuing their goal of earning a university degree. This is an important factor in transforming their lives, and those of their family members and neighbors. Juana is one of these leaders. Juana started as a Scholarship student and now is an integral part of the Filantropis team, serving as the organization's Accountant and managing its general administration. And, just a few months ago - with support of champions like you - she completed her goal of earning her degree. Here's Juana's story in her own words...and please view the accompanying video to get a glimpse into Juana's life and work. 

“I am Juana, I am going to tell you a little story about my life and how Filantropis came into it to motivate me. I am originally from Xochoy, a village about 90 kilometers from the Chajul city center. I am an outstanding woman who comes from a very united family that has helped and motivated me to continue forward. Despite challenges that I have had, I have been able to achieve a lot. In 2015 I graduated from high school; in 2017 I was able to get a job as a receptionist in a hotel. I spent a year saving up to be able to pursue my dreams. 

In 2018, I began to study to be a great administrator. However, at the end of that year, I realized that I would not be able to continue to cover my educational expenses. I had decided to travel abroad, becoming an immigrant. But at this moment when I had considered traveling, someone spoke to me about university scholarships that were offered by Filantropis. I got really excited and I said to myself, ‘If I could earn a scholarship, I wouldn’t have to abandon my dreams and I could continue to study.’

And thus, I turned in my application…and had good luck! I passed the entrance exams and they (Filantropis) gave me the opportunity to continue pursuing my dreams. In 2019 I began my journey as another Becaria of Filantropis. The greatest part of all is that Filantropis didn’t only support us economically, but also with professional development. This helped me so much; it helped me to open up, to establish my personal and professional goals, to gain training in entrepreneurship. I started a business and began to earn profits. 

In 2020, in addition to my scholarship, Filantropis offered me a job opportunity to join the association’s team. This was like a dream coming to reality. This helped me to grow professionally, and this year (2021) I was able to complete my university classes. I am so happy…it’s one more great accomplishment in my life. Thanks to Philanthropiece Colorado for giving me this great opportunity, so that I could complete my dreams by financing three years of my university. And thanks to Filantropis Guatemala for the training, dedication, support, and for all of the time that you give to all of the Scholars. Thank you so much for all of it!”

This year, Filantropis will continue to support Scholars like Juana to 

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Fabiola on site at a recent project
Fabiola on site at a recent project

We are excited to share that, with your support, we are coming to the close of 2021 with 19 active students in the Filantropis Scholars program. One of them is Fabiola, a Scholar since 2020, who is enrolled at the Rural University of Guatemala. Fabiola is the first Mayan Ixil woman to study Civil Engineering. Fabiola recently shared with us why she decided to study civil engineering: “I am interested in my community having access to a quality of life whether in the urban or rural area of my municipality. Civil engineering is a career that covers all the basic needs of a community, such as drinking water supply, housing, building and maintaining roads, among others. I hope to help in some way to transform my community through design and construction of innovative works. I love my profession very much, not only because there are so many areas where my skills can be of benefit, but because it presents me with daily challenges that I love to face.”

For Scholars like Fabiola, Filantropis provides financial support for university studies as well as complimentary training in personal and professional skills. Fabiola told us that when she entered the Scholars program she was a shy person who was afraid of speaking in public. As a result of her experience with Filantropis, she now feels more prepared and capable of making the positive changes she seeks in herself and her community. Along with her cohort, she receives regular mentoring and workshops, focusing on setting goals and designing a purposeful life. Fabiola has been exemplary in putting what she learns into action. Filantropis recently sought a designer to re-design and manage the association’s website. In their home community of Chajul, there are no professionals dedicated to this service. Fabiola, together with another Scholar, proactively gained training in website design, earned the contract from Filantropis, and are en route to creating their first website for the organization (stay tuned for the premiere of it!).

We know that Fabiola is just one example of the incredible abilities and skills that exist within the people of the Mayan Ixil community in Chajul, and we will continue to share their inspiring stories. Until our next report, we share these words of gratitude from Fabiola: "I am thankful for Filantropis because it feels like a family. Thank you very much for the financial, personal, and professional support!”



Civil Engineering in action
Civil Engineering in action
Fabiola studies Civil Engineering in Guatemala
Fabiola studies Civil Engineering in Guatemala
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Filantropis Scholars are Guatemalan changemakers!
Filantropis Scholars are Guatemalan changemakers!

 

Your contribution to our GlobalGiving campaign is working to support outstanding Mayan youth to become changemakers in their communities! Today, we are so pleased to highlight the work of one, Ofelda. Ofelda became a Filantropis Scholar in 2020, and despite the obstacles that arose from the pandemic, she has embraced every opportunity that our program has to offer. Ofelda is working on her degree to become a certified public accountant. As the second of six siblings in her Mayan Ixil family, the FIlantropis scholarship is helping her to advance her academic studies and professionalism, while also inspiring her hermanitos to pursue their dreams. 

But the Scholarship is only a fraction of what Filantropis offers to youth of Chajul, a rural Indigenous community in the Guatemalan Highlands. Alongside the other Scholars in her cohort, Ofelda receives regular mentoring from fellow Chajulense youth who have come before her in the program. She also attends monthly personal and professional development workshops; this past month she focused on the theme of The Challenges of - And Opportunities For - A Mindful Leader. This theme, which covered topics such as stress management and restorative communication, was well received by Ofelda. She is able to put the techniques she learns into action in her university studies, as well as within her professional endeavors. Ofelda currently supports herself, her family, and her community as the general accountant for the Cooperative de Mujeres Chajulense (the Chajul Women’s Cooperative), an organization dedicated to strengthening economic opportunities for women in the Ixil region. Alongside all of this incredible community engagement, Ofelda also participated in Filantropis’ Social Entrepreneurship Cultivator program, where she planted the seeds for a business that will offer microloans at fair rates for members of her community. 

Ofelda is joined by 61 other Filantropis Scholars, who together are creating a new generation of Chajulense youth committed to serving and improving their community. She shares her gratitude with you, expressing, “I appreciate your belief in me and my abilities. I greatly value this opportunity and the professional development skills that I am learning.” The support that you have provided to Filantropis will allow us to engage with more youth like Ofelda, allowing us to deepen our impact, and sustain our work. As we say in Chajul, tan tiuxh... muchas gracias...thank you very much!

Ofelda pitches her social entreprenuership project
Ofelda pitches her social entreprenuership project
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Asociacion Para el Desarrollo Integral Filantropis, ONG

Location: Chajul, Quiche - Guatemala
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