The Kateri Tekakwitha Fund supports Indigenous Women’s Groups through the “Mission: Guatemala” project. The project first began as a way for weavers to sell their products in the United States. Today, we have a small shop where the products are sold. We have a variety of items, including jewelry and decorations.
Some beautiful woven scarves at our shop.
We are open weekdays from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The shop is located at 830 Rosita Rd in Pacifica, CA.
Over the years the “Mission: Guatemala” project has evolved to support local women’s groups by providing leadership opportunities, support services, skills training, and micro-finance loans. We invite you all to come take a look!
Unique cell phone purses
As many of you know, Kay has spent the last month in Guatemala working on various projects and the transition of the organization. What you may not know is that we also had someone from the U.S travel down to join Kay for a week. She is considering volunteering for a year to accompany the “Asociacion” through this period of transition. She visited the various projects and liked what she saw. If all continues to move forward positively, she will travel to Guatemala in June of this year. She will be a big help for the Staff to keep them on track as they become fully responsible for the programs.
Clara Loyda – studying to be a bi-lingual secretary.
We’re happy to announce she and Kay are both back, and our shop in Pacifica is again open for business. You can find us at 830 Rosita Rd in Pacifica, and we are even open on weekends! Stop by and take a look at our lovely handcrafted jewelry, unique scarves and other authentic Guatemalan ornaments.
Sandra Cecilia – dreams of being a doctor
It’s been a little while since we last posted here, and for that we apologize. However, we are happy to announce that things are going well with our small organization, and that we were able to put 14 girls through school in 2014, and have met our goal of 15 girls for 2015.
Kay is currently in Guatemala on a month-long trip where she is meeting with several of the girls and is busy planning and training the Guatemalan staff. The focus of this trip is to prepare for her retirement and and the transition period that will follow. Kay hopes to provide the staff and leaders of the newly formed Asociacion “Kateri Tekakwitha” with the support they need to take responsibility for the running of the organization there.
With all these wonderful changes in mind, we are looking for volunteers and hope that you or someone you know would be interested in helping our great organization. Since 1997, the Kateri Education Fund has provided financial assistance to over 60 young women. With your help, the Kateri Education Fund can continue to help young women stay in school and complete their education beyond elementary school. Kateri Education Fund graduates have gone on to pursue careers in accounting, teaching, nursing, music and the arts, and business.
If you would like to donate, please visit our website. With Global Matching Day (March 18th) coming, there is no better time! GlobalGiving.org is matching donations up to $1,000 per donor per project at 30%! Matching begins at 5am PST, and funds go fast so make sure to donate as early as possible.
We promise it won’t be as long until you hear from us again! Until then, remember.. you can do anything with a little help from a friend!
“One very cool thing about this trip to Guatemala was the reactions we got when other folks asked where we were going and what we had seen. The typical touristy folks gave a rather puzzled look and said “oh,” and changed the subject. The folks who really knew Guatemala said ‘ah,’ with a big smile – surprised but pleased that we were seeing the real Guatemala.
Two very different examples are the textile museum and a tortilla demonstration. The textile museum was not simply a place to see wonderful textiles, although it certainly had them, it told the history of Guatemala through the textiles. Because of going there and having a wonderful docent, we understood the meaning of many things we would otherwise have missed for not knowing what we were seeing. Going to a woman’s house and being invited into her kitchen is always special. This was in a village, and the group of village women put together a demo of tortilla making beginning with dried corn on the cob and ending with us eating the freshly made tortillas.
It was a fabulous trip, very special.”
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.