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Sikaabes Kitchen

Blog-6-14-16.pngCHOICE Guatemala announces the completion of the kitchen facility on the campus of Sikaab’e! Sikaab’e is the technical school in the Plicheck Valley where CHOICE Guatemala works. It is appropriately named as  Sikaab’e means “Seek Your Path” in Qeqchi and this is the first of its kind in this region and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation to farmers and high school students in the region.

Increased education and vocational training gives the locals the opportunity to stay in the community, to find a better job, or to create a business. The school was built by 19 students studying masonry who received their INTECAP government certification as masons. The second cohort graduated 19 people in culinary skills.

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Sheep in Mexico

Blog-6-7-16.png“I now understand the importance of giving medicine to my sheep” were the words of Mrs. Hortensia Barnabas Sotero de Ejido of the village of Detiña in Mexico after administering vitamins to her flock of sheep.

She is thankful for the advice and assistance received by the CHOICE Mexico veterinarians and now she can properly take care of the sheep and have a good production of animals in perfect health to sale for income to help support her family.

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First Post-Earthquake School Compliant with New Nepali Government Regulations

unnamed-768x470.pngCHOICE Completed the First Post-Earthquake
School Compliant with New Government Regulations in the Entire Country of Nepal

Many national stories have focused on the India oil embargo and slow response times from the Nepali government and how those have adversely affected the rebuilding of Nepal in the year since the worst earthquake in their history.

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Nepal Banana Farmer

Nepal-banana-farmer.jpgSheru Giri was born in Lamjung, Nepal 47 years ago and has a lower high school level education. He dreamed of brining change is his life so dropped out of school and joined his friend in the Gulf t o work. He was very young when he did that, and soon realized that he could not tolerate working in the heat of Saudi Arabia so he quit and returned home with a determination to work hard on his own land.

Upon arriving back in Nepal, he was bewildered. He didn’t have any idea what to do and where to find the investment he needed for his plan? He spent years struggling to provide daily bread for himself and his wife and two children.

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Kenya Community Based Education Trust Fund

Kenya-1-768x576.jpgA community that achieves change through its own effort will always feel more powerful and they will always be eager to generate more change. CHOICE Kenya’s journey to create more self developing villages has been gradual but manifesting good results.

The Community Based Education Trust Fund (COBETF) program is a practical experience of communities supporting education of their children in secondary schools through parents contributing more than $715 within a duration of one year.

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Mexico Savings Box Program

Mexican-students2-320x198.jpgMargarita, Ana Luisa, Carmen, Maricela, Lupita and Catherine are students in Conception Aculco, State of Mexico. They are very enthusiastic and intelligent young women and single mothers.

Recently they approached CHOICE Mexico about starting a Savings Box Program at their school. They want to invite their classmates to join the Savings Box Program because they believe they can save what little they have to address future needs at school and home.

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Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal

Nepal-School.jpgCHOICE Nepal is building an earthquake resilient school with eight classrooms in Archaleni-Duradanda, Lamjung. CHOICE Nepal will be taking a third group of doTERRA International executives, staff, and wellness advocates on an expedition to Archaleni finish the school and inaugurate the new school. A big thank you to the LDS Charities for additional funding to help complete the school.

 

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Manisha Gurung

Manisha-Gurung.jpgManisha Gurung is 11 years old and lives in an impoverished village in Nepal. She and two of her sisters were provided with CHOICE scholarship along with all the children of the school. Her family is involved in agriculture but doesn’t own any farming land. They do share cropping and work for others for their survival. Sharecropping land is generally the least fertile land because the owners keep the fertile land for themselves.

Manisha’s father, the only bread winner for the family, is not home most of the time and her mother has a mental illness. The family has been bearing a huge financial burden treating her illness. 

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Omar

Omar.jpgOut of Omar and his nine siblings, only four have a secondary education and Omar is the only one with a post-secondary education. A teacher saw his potential and helped him continue his studies where he received a scholarship from CHOICE Kenya. Director “Mama Rita” went on to help him navigate college. Omar now teaches in Sambururu and is able to support his extended family and provide career guidance to local youth. Pongezi Omar!

 

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Strong Women and DownEast

Carlota-1.jpg“As humans we are all equal, and we should treat others as such, and honor every race, religion, culture, and belief with the same respect that we expect others to have for ourselves.” Julie, Store Manager for DownEast Home & Clothing.

DownEast has been our corporate partner since 2009 focusing on gender equity in the Polochic valley of Guatemala.  Strong female role models are important in their staff and philanthropy efforts as well as a shared core value. Their partnership is a great example of how consistent small actions can lead to big lasting change. Find a comfortable chair and get to know six strong, amazing women.

Thank you DownEast for being our guest blogger this week!

 

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