The birth of a nonprofit!

Sixty eight families of Nuevo Amanecer Pancoc, an indigenous Maya Guatemalan community, have erected this community hall. The sons and husbands of women in the FUNDENOR's Community Integral Development schools provided the manpower and planning. Assisting in planning and funding this development, FUNDENOR, Guatemala Family Development, John Knox Presbyterian Church and other Guatemalan community members helped amass the building supplies. The community hall will be used for education and leadership development.

Soon after it's complete, classes for GFD's scholarship girls, the women of the Community Integral Development School, and Community Leaders meetings/assemblies will begin. With time, the plan is to have a space with books so the hall can assist the research work for girls/boys in the community. All the families contributed equally in giving of their mainpower and expertise. The small hall is framed with wood and zinc sheets. The walls are iron, stone and cement block with a final finish of lime cement and fine sand. The Roof is metal railing and aluminum sheets. The floor is a mix of sand and cement with a smooth finish. A perimeter wall will also be added with metal mesh and wooden supports. Landscaping with local plants will also add to it's attractiveness.

This will be wonderful place to develop and support all learning in the Nuevo Amanecer Pancoc Community! Thank you DONOR for the blessings you've given this entire village!

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To emphasize, this is the first time in their lives these indigenous Maya girls are being exposed to these kind of opportunities to learn. We take for granted learning these things in our youth. These Maya Girls of this year's 2021 Tactic Educational Residence Scholarship class do not take any of them for granted. They are profoundly grateful. They can't believe their good fortune in a COVID-19 pandemic/"hurricane impacted" year. Your donation is completely changing the trajectory of their lives. What a worthy thing you have done, Donor! Thank you!!

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Education is difficult and inconsistent for most girls in the Alta & Baja Verapaz regions. For our community scholarship girls, their school teachers visit their remote indigenous villages once a month now, most adults cannot read or write, and chores are always waiting.

Through your donations and FUNDENOR’s efforts, we have brought our scholarship recipients together consistently to support them in understanding their books and homework in the community. The community girls are likely to apply for a spot to study at the tactic educational of residence during their next school cycle so that they may bring their new found knowledge back to the remote communities and help them flourish.

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