Graduation Day!

November 19, 2013

Dear friends,

Last Saturday there was a milestone in the history of the school we are supporting in the community of El Triunfo in Guatemala with the graduation of the school’s first grade twelve class. Until this day, only students who had the financial resources to leave the community and study elsewhere could reach this level of education.

It's graduate day for the grade 12s. November 16, 2013

It’s graduation day for the grade 12s. November 16, 2013

Santos Tzorin, a teacher in the school who was born in El Triunfo, told me in an email, “During the graduation I remembered the great progress that our community has made compared to years ago when I had to leave my parents, my community, and adapt to a different culture in order to study in a school far away….which I why I thank you very much for this opportunity for our young people.” Since I was unable to attend the ceremonies he also wanted to thank me and all of the people in Canada who support the project each month on behalf of the students, their parents and the entire community.

It has been a remarkable year and the community has worked hard to ensure that the school will continue to be a success. Earlier in the year an expansion was inaugurated which meant that every class in the school from grade one to twelve has its own classroom. This project was largely funded by the local municipality with some support from the Ministry of Education. This fall a second smaller but equally important (some may say it’s more important) project was initiated by the community. The tiny washrooms which were originally built to serve a small primary school were in desperate need of replacement. With some support from the Ministry of Education plus donations of both cash and labour from the community, the washrooms are being rebuilt along with the installation of a new septic system.  But the community has fallen short of cash on this $10,000 project and have asked us for $2500 to finish it. Counting on your generosity I sent half the required funds to Guatemala this morning.

Diagram of the new washrooms for the school.

Diagram of the new washrooms for the school.

If you haven’t already donated to the school this year, please consider making a donation to support the washroom project and also to ensure that we can pay the administrators and directors of the school for their work this month as they wrap up the school year. We also need to start looking ahead for 2014 so that there are funds available for the teachers when the school year begins in January. Your tax deductible donations to the school in El Triunfo can be directed to Pueblito Canada. You can donate online.  (Click on “Donate Now.” Then under “Fund/Designation,” select “El Triunfo School Project.” Or you can also send a cheque payable to Pueblito Canada to:

 Pueblito Canada
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project

 For more information on Pueblito and the other projects they support in Central America, please visit www.pueblito.org.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Ken

And don’t forget my Annual Fair Trade Holiday Sale for Guatemala which takes place this year on Friday, November 29, 2013. There will be clothing and accessories from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala; Fair trade coffee from the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala plus other surprises! Complete details  are here!

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