Interesting piece about a woman from one of the communities where I work. It’s so encouraging to see changes,even if they are just on a family level. I would also recommend watching Girl Rising on Netflix if you need any further proof of the importance of educating girls and women from around the world. After reading Half the Sky I gave a mini lecture to Miguel about the importance of offering educational opportunities to young girls. In Guatemala, it’s considerably harder to find families who support sending their daughters to school than to find families that will send a son. After a total of 6 months in Guate I consider myself pretty fluent in not only Spanish, but Guatemalan culture. Discouraging education for girls is one of many aspects that I still cannot swallow.
Apparently I made an impact on him because I was pleasantly surprised when he told Diane and Diana that he would interview girls for the next round of scholarship students. On Friday he visited four girls from small indigenous communities who were shy and quiet, but very excited to start school. Now the work begins to keep them in school and thinking about their future.