Girl Gardens Grow Scholarhips

Thank you for your belief in us.     Educate the Girls!! 

Opportunity to support Girl Education is at this link:

♥Vocational Scholarships for Maya Ixil Youth Guatemala

Click here to donate anytime: http://www.aktenamit.org/donate/  

Click on Maya Ixil Scholarship Fund

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Most girls drop out by grade 3. They are needed to work in the home

Only a few girls finish 6th grade.  We have sacrificed to provide an education for our Daughters to finish grade 6.  Our Daughters have a passion to go to middle school.  Our families are very poor and cannot pay for the tuition, travel and school supplies.

Parents and girls met with the Maya Ixil Education Committee to ask if they could help us go to school. We want to study. We want to learn new skills. A plan was made for Girl Gardens Grow Scholars to raise money to pay for tuition and provide food for us and our families.

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Families receive Seeds donated by Seed Programs International 

VEGETABLES GIVE LIVELIHOOD

Gardens start a cycle of self-sufficiency. Healthy harvests give food to eat and sell to help pay for scholarships.

Challenge

The deep poverty and high malnutrition rates in the Ixil Maya region of Guatemala results in large numbers of migrant youth who try to cross the Mexico/US border in search of work to help their families. Girls are especially vulnerable to kidnapping, rape and sex trafficking. The alternative for many poor young girls is to become a child bride.

Maya Ixil families do not have the money to pay for tuition for their girls to attend school. $50 pays for tuition and supplies for a full school year at the local Public Evening School.

Girl Gardens Grow Scholarships in vertical Gardens with recycled plastic bottles and worm compost enriched soil. We thank our partner donors for your support.  You are in our prayers every day. Please help us pay for tuition, supplies and travel to Middle school   Girl Gardens Grow Scholarships . click to donate to Maya Ixil Scholarships

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 YOUNG WOMEN from the remote mountain villages of Chel and Chajul, Guatemala are Maya Ixil Scholars at Ak Tenamit Vocational Boarding School.  They are FIRST GIRLS. It is a challenge to be a FIRST GIRL  Please partner with courage for these  young women with a donation at  

Click here to donate to Maya Ixil Scholarships

For more information contact Janet Bourque brightstargrants2@yahoo.com

Maya Ixil Education: Maya Glyph for Knowledge and Wisdom

Bright Star Philanthropy Partners

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There is A Better Future … Make Sure to Plant the Seeds

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Coffee Farmer Associates weigh 2016 crop of export grade Arabica coffee beans. Chajul, Guatemala

COFFEE: ARABICA ORGANICALLY GROWN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF GUATEMALA

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This coffee is healthy with no disease, and heavy production of Arabica coffee cherries is expected in November 2016 . Elevations of 6500 feet and organic soil produce the some of the best coffee in the world! Chel, Guatemala

 

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Only 15% of the coffee berry actually ends up making your morning cup of coffee.  After being hand picked and hand sorted, these ripe coffee berries go through a “pulpero” that removes the fleshy cherry from the inner bean.

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Coffee beans of 2015 crop are prepared for “cupping”. Chajul, Guatemala

 

 

 

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Chel Coffee Farmers to construct a commercial size worm farm that will provide organic fertilizer. Chel, Guatemala

TEXTILE AND BASKET ARTISANS

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Maya Ixil women gather to weave bracelets.  The beautifully designed blouses and skirts are woven on backstrap looms in patterns and symbols handed down through the generations. AME-Ixil  The Women’s Entrepreneur non-profit Association, Chajul, Guatemala.

For information regarding Maya Ixil textiles and baskets please contact Manuel Laynez email: manuelaynez388@gmail.com

                                                  

Bright Star Philanthropy Partners (BSPP) is a shared value community development initiative of Bright Star Grant Consultants. BSPP identifies and supports Central American indigenous leaders to realize solutions that they design and execute with BSPP collaborations, technical assistance, and grants. BSPP ignites peer grant maker, non-profit, and corporate actors to create shared value solutions in collective impact poverty alleviation. 

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DREAMS REALIZED

COURAGE TO LIVE THE DREAM

“We are happy to achieve the goal but the truth is that it is a new experience and takes a lot of courage to be living this dream.” “We are Maya Ixil. Our home and community is Chajul, el Quiche, Guatemala. We are childhood friends who started planning for a farmers’ co-op when we were 8 years old.”

“We are now 34. Our dream was born in the year that we sat by the river bank, in a high mountain jungle, and started our planning with how to survive the armed conflict raging in our home town, and for a way to get enough food for children and old people. Our childhood dreams for the farmers’ association for Maya Ixil are now a reality.

In 2011 Manuel Laynez Anay, started the organizational work of forming a non-profit association for economic improvement, to eliminate malnutrition in the Ixil area of Guatemala, support well- being, and create job opportunities in the Maya Ixil region. They wanted to create opportunities that their parents did not have. As young people their parents were organized with a similar vision, but armed conflict prevented their achievement. They were afraid to follow their dream. They were forced from their lands where they had worked and harvested a variety of agricultural products by the fear of being beheaded, burned, hanged, shot or in every sense of the word, massacred. They fled to the jungle mountains to hide, all as a result of the internal armed conflict. One misfortune of all this is that there were many young orphans without schooling and no government support and nongovernmental organizations to support the people.

  • Manuel Laynez Anay’s father was killed in the genocide massacres. 

DREAMS OF MEMORIES

Lauire Levinger, published author

Laurie Levinger, retired social worker living and writing in Vermont, between her travels to Guatemala and Spain. Laurie’s website has information about her other books, videos, and on-line testimonies. Laurie’s website

Guerra inconclusa: La voz de los sobrevivientes (Unfinished War: The Voice of the Survivors) by Laurie Levinger is a book of testimonies published in Guatemala in September 2015 (in Spanish). The book is a collection of 30 verbatim testimonies from 2005–2013. Guatemalans from many different parts of the country, from different language groups and of different ages contributed their personal stories. The book is in Spanish and is available by emailing the publisher Editorial Maya Na’oj:Sr Daniel Much, mayanaoj@gmail.com  In December 2015 books can be ordered by emailing laurie levinger: laurie@levinger.net

Bright Star Grant Consultants, Inc. serves a wide variety of clients on a global scale. For more information about our services and Bright Star Philanthropy Partner’s initiative in Central America, please contact us at: Janet @ brightstarconsultants.com

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What War?

Photo by Laurie Levinger Testimonies of Maya Survivors http://www.levinger.net/laurie/writing/what-war/

Photo by Laurie Levinger
Testimonies of Maya Survivors
http://www.levinger.net/laurie/writing/what-war/

“I remember when I was 8 years old. At that time my parents forbade me to leave the house,and nothing more than the dying could be heard. We did not know who had died”.

“When we heard the sound of gunfire near the village, my parents would not work in the field but we stayed in the house.”

“I even have a friend that can’t forget where his father died. We were around eight years old and the soldiers grabbed his father in an apple tree and burned him, still alive, in front of him.”

“It was terrible because my mom has told me that sometimes people were just thrown in the streets, with no head. There were people, already dead, but with no head, no arms, no legs. The war damaged my family because it was very hard and still today people don’t forget– at least I don’t forget– because the war marked me with that memory.”

“When I have children I will tell them how I lived. That is to help them understand that you have to appreciate yourself. But I won’t go into great depth because maybe, from my point of view, it would hurt them, maybe, their minds. But yes, I’d tell them what I went through and what happened: just like my mother told me, I also have to tell my children.”

“There is still a great deal of pain. They’re afraid, because of the war. Maybe it was because the village isn’t developed economically and intellectually because we couldn’t study, there weren’t schools then, there weren’t classes, the soldiers came and they burned the schools and the church.”

The Power of Speaking and Hearing Truth.

Laurie listens to women in Bisan, Guatemala give testimony

Laurie listens to women in Bisan, Guatemala give testimony

The experiences of Maya individuals, families and communities during the internal armed conflict have been repeated countless times in countries around the globe.The words and emotions shared in Laurie Levinger’s 2009 book, What War? Testimonies of Maya Survivors  (Cual Guerra? Testimonios de sobrevivientes Mayas) could have been given by armed conflict survivors anywhere, anytime, in any war or conflict region.

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Step Aside Bill Gates, Family Philanthropy is Possible for Everyone

WHAT IS PHILANTHROPY?

Philanthropy  means “love of humanity” in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing “what it is to be human” on both the benefactors’ (by identifying and exercising their values in giving and volunteering) and beneficiaries’ (by benefiting) parts. The most conventional modern definition is “private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life”. citated from Wikipedia.

Bright Star Philanthropy Partners  (BSPP) is a shared value community development initiative of Bright Star Grant Consultants. BSPP identifies and supports  leaders to realize solutions that they design and execute with BSPP collaborations, technical assistance, and grants.

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Tools and seeds donated for family gardens. Bright Star Philanthropy Partners volunteer Alex Larkin Chajul, Guatemala

WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT POVERTY?

  There doesn’t seem to be any when every day there is a news story about suffering in Africa, homelessness in our great cities, the working poor who work multiple jobs day and night to keep families together. In the face of such overwhelming problems, we tend to go numb, glaze over, and move on to the celebrity or comics page.

 The good news is that there are ways for you to reach out and create a life changing difference with a small amount of money. This is fabulous for people who have never felt able to donate to causes that they believe in. Parents of all social strata are now able to teach their children the ethic of philanthropy by making it a family project, or by making gifts of volunteerism in lieu of material gifts. Those in need benefit from lifting themselves out of poverty with pride, and thereby changing their communities for the better one person, one family at a time. The time for, “someone should do something about this” is now.

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WHAT IF YOU ARE WITHOUT A DOLLAR TO SPARE?

More and more, middle and high school students around the country are being required to perform community service hours as part of their learning experience.

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