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Scholarships Update

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Scholarships success stories

One of our former scholarships students from Nuevo San José, who graduated as a primary school teacher in 2008, has been teaching Spanish this summer at the Escuela de la Montaña. Maira Sales Vásquez, Jorge and María's daughter, first met foreign language students when she was just 8 years old. Her mother began to host students with the Escuela de la Montaña, cooking meals for them and sharing her stories about life on the finca. Maira spent her early years on the finca San José Altamira, and then in Nuevo San José. Her family worked hard to support her education, along with that of her brothers and sisters, and she received a scholarship from the Escuela de la Montaña for several years. After graduating, Maira worked off and on as a temporary/supply teacher in different primary schools and earlier this year received training at the Escuela de la Montaña to teach Spanish as a Foreign Lanaguage. She succeeded in passing the course and we are proud and very happy that she is now working with us teaching Spanish and sharing her knowledge with the students. Apart from teaching, Maira also gives her time helping to run educational activities with Elida in the community library.

Read more scholarships success stories about Carla, from Nueva Esperanza, who struggled to studyto become a nurse, and Elida's story.

PLQ organize becas benefit dinner Wed 21 Aug

As part of our fund-raising drive this year, we held a fund-raising dinner at PLQ with staff, students and two scholars, Anabeli, and Dora. Also Adelaida, the mother of another scholar and Ruben, a member of the scholarships committee came along to chat to PLQ students about the programme. Around 20 students attended. Juliette gave a powerpoint presentation to give more information about the programme (this will go on website soon for people to use too). We raised a total of Q784 from the sale of tickets for the dinner, which was delicious chile rellenos (stuffed chile peppers). Donate

Report Summary 2012

We started the 2012 scholarships programme with a theatre of the oppressed workshop and performance, which dealt with issues that affect Guatemalan teens. We are pleased to report that nine teenagers from 8 different local communities graduated from high school last year, with different high school professions including teaching, accountancy and business administration. This gives them much better employment opportunities. A total of 102 scholars finished the programme.

We granted a record 120 scholarships this year (61 for high school, 59 for middle school including the 5 Noche Cultural facilitators). This was in response to the soaring demand for scholarships, particularly high school - we received a huge total of high school applications (81), the highest yet. We are now urgently looking for people to help raise funds for next years programme so that we can keep these teens in school. We are developing a fund raising tool kit to go on our website, including a list of fund-raising ideas, written information, photos, video clips and powerpoint presentations about the programme to help with this.

Juana from Toj Coman talks to the scholarships students.