Saturday, December 18, 2010

2010 Year in Review

The school year is about to begin once again in Guatemala, and now seems a good time to look back at 2010 and share with you the successes of Amigos de San Pablo. Having recently completed its fourth year, the program sponsored 12 students this past year. The list follows:

Luis Arreaga, Middle School
Sonia Morales, Middle School
Juan Velásquez, Middle School
Plácida Gutiérrez, Middle School
Eloíza Arreaga, Middle School
Darvin Pérez, Middle School
Ofelia Pérez, Middle School
Yendi Morales, Middle School
Alan Morales, Middle School
Aracely Velásquez, High School
Urias Pérez, High School
Mayra Pérez, High School

We were pleased to see a blend of return grantees and some new faces this year. On top of that, we were particularly excited to hear that this year's students have seen their grades improve and their participation in extracurricular activities—from sports and church-related events to tutoring and environmental campaigns—increase over the course of the year. For example, Eloíza is volunteering with a University of California research site that seeks to build homes that are adaptable to future climate change. Great work, Eloíza!

Also, several students continue to work on their small business plans. We've already told you about Urias' burgeoning carpentry business, but Alan, Ofelia and Darvin are working on a small farm project, a floral arrangement project and a bakery project, respectively.

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