Education: Leadership Development Program
if we can give something for our community, for these girls, for these boys, why not?
- Candelaria Xep de Garcia
Candelaria and Gregorio Garcia, our partners in Panajachel, Guatemala, are self-made entrepreneurs. They both grew up in poverty in the villages near Panajachel, speaking Kakchiquel, the Mayan dialect.
Candelaria and Gregorio own a Spanish school, and in their spare time, they have an exceptional talent for finding 13-year-old economic dropouts from rural villages, then training and refining them into talented, multi-lingual, confident, 18-year-old entrepreneurs. They are developing 20+ teenagers in their intensive leadership development program, including school tuition and leadership coaching. See their vision here:
Those teenagers are expected to practice leadership immediately, by teaching younger children in their communities, in Saturday-morning literacy tutorials, helping them with Spanish, mathematics, reading, and English.
Conexions has helped with funding for scholarships and tutorials, used-laptop micro-loans, and English House immersion, where students live with Canadians during their school break. We are proud to support Candelaria and Gregorio as they launch their Forging My Tomorrow foundation,