Clara Elizabeth Ecomac

????????????????????Clara Elizabeth Ecomac To is currently in the 8th grade, with the goal of being different than other young women around her. She hopes that the skills and values from school and family will help her achieve this dream goal. The main craft in the town she lives in is making baskets and her 4 other siblings make baskets to support the family. Her hard working mother stays home to gather wood and prepare meals for the family. Clara’s father makes bread in another town, and then travels home on the weekends to be with his family. The help of the Kateri Fund allows her to get an education so she can have a better future and get a good education. She is extremely devoted to getting good grades and bringing happiness to life.

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Blanca Luisa Surec Umul

?????????????????Blanca Luisa Surec Umul comes from a very hard working family in Tecpan Guatemala. Her father works as a farmer, and her mother weaves “guipiles” to sell. Guipiles are blouses that have flowers, animals and birds woven into the fabric. They are part of the typical dress of Guatemalan Indigenous women and girls.  Blanca and her siblings were also taught this art by their mother, so that they could support themselves. Getting a scholarship through the Kateri Fund, Blanca has been able to continue her studies in school. She is very dedicated to learning even if the subject is hard, like English. The skills that she learns from school, Blanca hopes to apply in the places she works.  She is currently pursuing the career of Tourism and Hotel Management. Blanca hopes that this experience will get her a good job, so that she can help her other siblings to go to school as well and better the lives of her family and community.

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Barbara Tarton

Barbara Tarton greatly wants to improve her life.  She works very hard to reach her goals. Oneof her main goals is to graduate from school with good grades. She will look for opportunities to use the skills that she has learned throughout her life. Her family is very supportive of herstudies, and she hopes to repay their support by bettering the lives of her parents and five other siblings. Barbara is currently in the 10th grade and looks forward to finishing school so that she can become an office secretary. The Kateri Fund has helped Barbara to go to school, learn new things, and use her intelligence to its greatest potential.Barbara Tartan 2013

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Francisca Abelina Cutzal Sirin

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Francisca Abelina Cutzal Sirin is pursuing an education to become a primary school teacher, like her brother who graduated in the same career in 2011. Her siblings and Francisca are all attending school to better their lives, and they are supported by their parents. Her mother and father are very pleased that their daughter is studying the career of teaching. Francisca travels to school in a different village which is a very new experience for her. She is able to attend this school because of the Kateri Fund, and wants to participate in all activities and requirement it offers. Francisca wants to help her family, the children she will teach, and herself by being a woman of good principles and values.

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Notes from the May Scholarship Meeting

Lily Kari..The creation of a mural  from newspaper pictures added much excitment to the May scholarship meeting.  The young women used all the knowledge they have gained so far this year about  vocations and careers as their theme.  It was a way to review what they have learned while having fun.  They can enjoy their creation each time they attend a meeting and relive the fun and sharing of their collaboration.

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.

Francisca Sirin 2013In 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 Barbara Tartan 2013worried 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.

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Paula de Carmen Cali Xocop

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Paula is a 14 year old teenage girl, from San Juan Comalopa, Chimaltenango. She is currently in the 9th grade and hopes to continue to excel in her education; to give her and her family a better future. Her favorite subjects are Natural and Technical Sciences and Plastic Arts; which she studies without a problem. She gathers knowledge, strength, and motivation from her mother and teachers, as well as aid from the Kateri Fund. During Fund organized activities she demonstrates and expresses herself as a intelligent, active, and respectful woman. She has the support of her mother and six other siblings to continue on her education to improve her life.

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2012 Guatemalan Adventure Tour

In the Spring the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund hosted the annual Guatemalan Adventure Tour. Are you interested in travelling with the Fund to learn more about what we do? This interview with 2012 visitor Mar Kaden describes her experience.

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