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According to Mayan cosmovision, when we are born we come into the world with an energy that is our “Nahual.” My Nahual is K’at, the spider, and it refers to the fine web that connects people and communities.
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Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala
"Figh, dream, unite, and work towards transforming this world and inspire others"
I grew up during the time of armed conflict in my country; a time full of the unknown, of uneasiness, and a time of terror and horror. My father was kidnapped when I was only 10 years old. I am the seed of a valiant woman who was a fighter and a man who was a leader. My father gave up his life for his ideals and his country. Seeing the hunger and misery in many people teaches you to overcome all obstacles that may arise. It makes you want to live and fight for a better world. I learned to overcome defeat, to uphold my ideals and my dreams, to help, smile, and to give unconditional love.
Greetings Nadia Naviwala Your projects approach to provide a pathway towards empowerment through traditional and vocational education is truly inspiring! Here at Tejiendo Futuros (Weaving Futures) we are also committed to a holistic education model that will prepare our students in Guatemala for a financially and environmentally sustainable future. When you are available, I would love to take the time for some shared learning regarding your employability skills mentioned in your summary as part of you curriculum. Warmest wishes, Ingrid
Allison, neighborkids' use of community asset mapping and encouraging the youth to creatively write the stories of their futures touches the heart of what we are trying to accomplish with Tejiendo Futuros. It would be a pleasure to connect further and see how our children and communities can build each other up! Abrazos, Ingrid Neighborkid Changemakers
Dearest Paul~ We could not agree with you more about the wonders and empowerment that comes with reading aloud. Currently, our students are engaging in a semester long project where groups are reading out loud to each other. Our ultimate goal in this particular instance is to introduce our students to the joys of reading especially because many of our parents are illiterate, limiting student access and exposure to reading at home. If you have any suggestions to encourage parent participation despite this obstacle I would be interested in chatting more! Paul Ennis