Rochelle’s Guatemalan Scholarships

Update posted by Rochelle Clarke On Sep 22, 2017

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Update posted by Rochelle Clarke On Sep 19, 2017

hola! Hello everyone, here we are in September already! It's been humbling to see these three people work hard to keep up with their studies - and flourish thanks to you!

Corina (studying for her Registered Nurse qualification), is currently on clinical placement in one of the big hospitals in Guatemala City. It takes her about 1.5 hours in "chicken bus" just to get there, so that's a long day! (What's a chicken bus? They are revved up old American school buses used all over Guatemala - definitely google that!). With your support we are have paid all her university fees for this year and we are now covering her transport costs to her placement every month - approx $US50.

Wilson (Technical drawing, construction and autoCAD). Wilson is such a diligent young man, he is often at school from 7am thru to 7pm, he's done very well in his exams and workshops and is highly regarded by his teachers. We have been able to buy Wilson a laptop (only one more payment to go - $US175). He has joined the school band and often participates in the fiestas in Antigua, a really popular activity for young and old in Antigua.

Mauricio (English Language studies). Mauricio has perfect attendance at his course and he is working hard with his written and spoken language - he's quite shy so the spoken part is tough for him. He's actively seeking part time work as well, to help support himself and the family.

Wilson and Mauricio's living situation is quite precarious - and these past three months their caregiver has really struggled with keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. I fully expected the boys to have to drop out of their studies, however, they have managed to scrape by and they both continue to study without dropping their grades. I am immensely inspired by their tenacity and grit.

Ok people, I trust you are all well, flick me a message sometime, and my absolute respect and love to you all for helping me help these guys :

Adios! Xxxx

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Update posted by Rochelle Clarke On May 31, 2017

Hello you generous bunch!

Its the end of the first half of the year for the students. They have all been busy with exams as you can imagine.

Corina - has been participating in educational events where she has been demonstrating the Mayan Medical System, especially the role of 'comadrona' - similar to a local midwife. She is currently beginning her end of semester exams - lots of science and communication strategies. She is managing to juggle her work and study commitments with much love and support from her dear family.

Mauricio - is focusing on his English Language skills for next semester and will return to his tourism programme in the new year. He has been finding it difficult to cover all his costs at university and needs to find some part time work to help, he has put his programme on hold so he can save some money. The English Language programme is with Maximo Nivel, the same folks that I volunteered with, so I know he is in good hands. English Language skills are essential for anyone working in tourism in Guatemala, so this is a great way to keep learning while he gets himself in a better financial position.

Wilson - is a machine! He is so determined and focused on his course. He is doing very well in all his exams. I have been able to organise a laptop for Wilson (paying monthly installments) - kicked off by a very generous donation from my friend Johan - thanks Johan! Only 3 more payments to go now. Wilson wasn't able to fully participate in some of his classes because he did not have a computer at home and the essential CAD - computer aided design programme. Now hes all caught up and really enjoying his studies.

Thanks to everyones support, these guys are doing so well, Im so impressed with their hard work and commitment and with your continued support.

Much love!

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Update posted by Rochelle Clarke On Feb 18, 2017

Hello wonderful donators, thanks to you all I have been able to transfer money to pay for both Wilson's and Mauricio's stationery and textbooks for the year1 THANKYOU!!! They are both over the moon and have already started the year with lots of enthusiasm. My next efforts are going towards paying for Mauricio's uniforms. I will keep you posted. :D

Corina has settled into her work and study routine. She says its very busy, she's got lovely classmates and is already finding her studies are helpful at her nursing job. She's trying to raise funds for a computer so she can do her homework at home - much easier!

Thanks so much for both the online and offline donations! Every little bit helps these guys directly and I really appreciate you joining me on this journey.

Rochelle

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Update posted by Rochelle Clarke On Jan 28, 2017

thank you Sue Daly, you're a star. Always supporting me! Thanks for helping me to help these lovely people.

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Lopez-Blanco Johan

Backed with $100.00 On Apr 16, 2017

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Lopez-Blanco Johan

Backed with $220.00 On Apr 15, 2017

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Go Rochelle! We love you

Ellen & Sheldon Ramer

Backed with $200.00 On Mar 04, 2017

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Isadora Avendano

Backed with $60.00 On Mar 02, 2017

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I am so proud of you, Rochelle!

Suze Sylvestre

Backed with $70.00 On Mar 01, 2017

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Love you, you're amazing!! XOX

Lia and Darren Bygrave

Backed with $140.00 On Feb 28, 2017

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OFFLINE donations are sweet! They have surpassed my wildest dreams! Thank you all so much - its very exciting to have people want to help these guys. Anne (I spelled it right this time! and a MULTIPLE donor), Donna T, Christine C, Barb C!!!, Daniela D, Carolina ALL fantastic ladies with generous spirits - love you guys xx

Rochelle Clarke

Posted On Feb 18, 2017

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Nice initiave. I can personally vouch that the money will be put to good use, since I was staying in Antigua Guatemala together with Rochelle at the same time.

Lopez-Blanco Johan

Backed with $100.00 On Feb 05, 2017

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Anonymous

Backed with $100.00 On Feb 05, 2017

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Offline donations are AWESOME! thanks so much to everyone who has deposited directly into the Kiwibank account :D :D :D xxx

Rochelle Clarke

Posted On Feb 04, 2017

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