Silvia Anabelly Chex Quiná from San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango is 21 years old. In 2010 Silvia graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Comerciales in San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango with a degree in Accounting. Through the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund Silvia returned to her primary school, Centro Educativo Mixto Parroquial “Medalla Milagrosa”, a school that primarily serves indigenous students, to serve as an intern.
Silvia is the youngest of her six siblings and she lives with her parents and two of her sisters in San Juan Comalapa. Her father, a painter, works as a portrait artist and assists on large art installations. Her mother has an ice cream shop in town. Two of her older sisters are married, another sister is in a convent in Spain, and her brother is studying in Quetzaltenango.
As an intern at the Educativo Medalla Milagrosa, Silvia worked on administrative tasks in the library. Because of her background in accounting, the Parent Council that administers the Education Center asked her to help them with the accounts. She enjoyed using her education in her work, and receiving a stipend as compensation. Her family was also proud of her for using her education in her profession.
Silvia also is an amazing volunteer with the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund, where she helps lead activities during the scholarship recipient meetings. She enjoys helping students with their work and likes being able to serve her peers in a respectful manner. According to Silvia, in the monthly meetings, “we continue to get better knowledge, develop more as people, and share with everyone our expectations and points of view. As the person in charge of the group, I feel satisfied to lead a group of young people who like to learn. With them, I also increase my knowledge”.
One of themes that the group discussed was breast cancer. The information about breast cancer was new for most of the young women. They learned that it mainly attacks women and that it is important to constantly check the breast and to consult a specialist when necessary. Silvia found this an interesting theme and thought that all women should be aware of this problem.
Silvia also enjoyed the discussion on “Ways to Improve Your Life” led by her peer, Nohelia Cun, about the importance of visualizing your life in a positive way and looking for opportunities to change your life, and the discussion on “Confronting Fear” by Delfina Sotz, another graduate volunteer in the Fund, which included a movie about a man who confronted many problems in his life, but in the end won out when he confronted his fears. According to Silvia, “we should make use of our potential that has been given us as a gift. We must fly with our own wings. The Fund has taught us to fly, when it gives us the opportunity to have a work experience”.
After serving as an intern for six months, Silvia returned to school to study for a university degree. Her hardest course was in math, but she struggled though it and successfully passed her exams. She is enjoying studying at the university and is making many new friends. She also is now is working in a bank in the customer service department.
Silvia thanks the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund and especially her supporters for the experience she acquired as an intern. It helped her to find a new job. According to Silvia, “in the Fund, I have met very nice companions with the desire to improve themselves. I am profoundly thankful for the space the Fund has given me as an intern. I am satisfied because I have gained a lot of work experience”.