PPhoto by Tom Fry
Providing university scholarships to deserving young women in Guatemala
Bulletin (Posted March 19, 2020)
Spring Tea - Unfortunately, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have had to cancel the spring tea scheduled for May. At this time there are no plans for rescheduling.
A Message from Beverly Tecun, MAIA Director of University Access and Quetzal University Fund Coordinator, regarding the COVID-19 virus - All universities and the MAIA Impact School are closed due to the corona virus outbreak. Quetzal Fund students are taking classes on-line. Most are working at home and we are assisting with internet access. At the moment, none of our students are affected by the corona virus. My family and I are well. I will be working from home for the next two weeks and will return when things are better.
A PEEK AT THE GUATEMALA INSIGHT TRIP 2020
By Anita Kreider
Sydney Summers in the home of her sponsored student, Angela Sacuj. Sydney said her co-sponsors asked for her to name something that impacted her from the trip. She said, “I realized that such a small amount of money on the part of each of the three of us, can change someone’s life so significantly. And to be able to change someone’s life is a privilege and an honor.”
Fantastic is the best way to describe our February “Insight Trip” to Guatemala! Seven guests (Tom & Barb Scripps, Tom & Kim Fry, Sydney Summers, Carol Rush, Holly Kreider) and six “regulars”, (Nings, Stegers, Kreiders) very much enjoyed our ten-day adventure. The guests came to get a first-hand look at the Quetzal University Program, meet our inspiring young scholars, and enjoy the beauty, culture, and diversity of Guatemala. One guest, Sydney Summers came to meet the student she has been co-sponsoring with Sheila Norris and Laurie Mactavish.
The opportunities to meet and interact with our scholars are the most memorable highlights!
Home visit with a student and her family. Our group divided into 2 smaller groups to visit 2 different students. Pictures of this are at the end of this letter.
Visit to Rafael Landivar University, a Jesuit school in Xela where many of our full time students attend. We met with a group of students to hear of their challenges and future ambitions and then enjoyed having lunch with them at a local restaurant.
Attend a Sunday group meeting of our 44 students! Guest, Tom Fry used his photo equipment and skills to take some professional grade individual photos of every student. We will soon be posting them on the website with a short bio!
A RISING STAR
by Connie Ning
Juana lives in Santiago. Like everyone in her town, she is called an “Attiteco” meaning she lives in the biggest indigenous town on Lake Atitlan. This picturesque body of water, ringed by mountains and three volcanoes, has a handful of Mayan villages and small towns scattered on the shores of its shoulders. Santiago is one such town.
Arriving by boat we climb onto the dock and follow a staff member through twisting paths like branches of a gnarled tree to reach Juana’s home. It is a cinderblock affair with a dirt floor and a line of machetes on one wall. Functionality is the operative word here. There is nothing charming about this level of poverty. Juana, her parents and a younger brother with his black, scraggily puppy on a rope leash greet us. They have arranged a few plastic chairs for us while they sit on the floor.
We start the interview by asking Juana a question and she is off and running. She claims to have been timid before entering the MAIA program but this stretches the imagination as she cheerfully chatters on about the big changes in her new life as a college student and a Q Fund girl.
“LET’S PICK UP OUR BOOKS AND OUR PENS. THEY ARE THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON. ONE CHILD, ONE TEACHER, ONE BOOK AND ONE PEN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD."