Keylin’s Graduation Pictures

Keylin graduated from high school in December, 2014! Her family was very proud, especially her dad Terencio. Her goal now is to begin university studies in the fall of 2015. Congrats on all your success Keylin!

Living Threads

Many thanks to Amanda and the folks over at Living Threads (www.livingthreadsco.com), who donated some beautifully hand-crafted blankets to the Fund. Living Threads travels the world making and sustaining connections, building partnerships with the women, families and cooperatives along the way.  All of their products are individually selected by Living Threads Staff, but are designed and hand-crafted by Nicaraguan and Guatemalan artisans. Amanda’s goal is to provide high-quality textiles to socially responsible consumers while preserving  local traditions and art.

The donated blankets were sent to donors to the Fund who have provided very generous and sustain donations over the years. We thank them and Living Threads to supporting us and Central American students and artisans!!

Living Threads Living Threads

Bi-Annual Meeting Big Success!

In Saira’s words…”the meeting was held  Saturday June 14, 2014 in the community of San Francisco, Soroguara. Everything proceeded normally, the agenda was developed as we planned. As you know the event was organized by Andrea, so let me tell you she did an excellent job and coordinated most of the activity; she also received support from the San Francisco students (Wendy, Jaime and Isaac) in helping to secure the social center of San Francisco, where the meeting took place.”

We will let the above photos from the event tell the rest of the story…

Antony, Keylin y Kelly Complete Community Service Project

During a recent break from school, Antony, Keylin y Kelly’s organized and completed a community service project, which included the reforestation of a parcel in Zambrano and the planting of a school garden. They incorporated recycled plastic bottles in the school garden project, which makes us even more proud. We are lucky to have such community-dedicated Scholars! They made time to have lunch and set up their own email accounts after all that hard work. Well done Scholars!

almorzando en tegus despues de un largo dia de trabajo Becados en tegucigalapa abriendo aprendiendo a usar el internet becados haciendo voluntariado en escuela de Ocotal Chicos y chicas en accion IMG_2564 IMG_2908 obra de voluntariado terminada una jardinera de botellas recicladas

Saira Graduates from University!!

On September 26th, 2013, the Central Honduras Education Fund’s University Scholar Saira Raudales Urquia graduated from the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de Honduras (UNAH) with a degree in Journalism. Saira’s Family and Fund President Aaron Banas were in attendance for the graduation ceremony, after which everyone attended a special luncheon for Saira in El Ocotal. We (the Fund) cannot put into words how proud we are or Saira. As she transitions into life as a college graduate, we hope the hard work and determination she displayed in school will carry her to great things in the real world. We, the El Ocotal community and Honduras as a whole are lucky to have her as part of our lives.

We are happy to report that Saira has accepted a part-time position with the Fund as a Field Coordinator. This will allow her to continue her support role to the Fund’s other (15) Scholars while earning a small income, all while searching for a full-time journalism position.

Saira wrote us a nice letter describing her journey to this point in her life, which we share with you here. In Saira’s own words…

Central Honduras Education Fund

02 de octubre de 2013
Es un honor para mi dirigirme a todas las personas que forman parte de “ Che Fund” . Todos ustedes hicieron posible que yo lograra tener una educación universitaria. Hace aproximadamente cinco años estaba soñando con poder ir a la universidad, sacar una licenciatura en periodismo y tener un lugar en el mundo laboral, ahora todo eso es posible gracias a la oportunidad que me brindaron y a la confianza que depositaron en mí. Gracias a su iniciativa y buena voluntad he crecido en muchos aspectos de mi vida, no solo educativos. He aprendido la importancia de poder ayudar a otras personas y esto fue a través de su ejemplo, el cual adquirí mirando el trabajo de personas como Aaron Banas, Mike Mazza y David Burke quienes me presentaron ante los donadores los cuales creyeron en mi sueño y decidieron ayudarme económicamente , eso es algo que tiene un infinito valor para mi.
Con un enorme cariño me refiero a “Che Fund” como una luz en mi camino, luz que sigue guiando el camino de más muchachos y muchachas becados que al igual que yo en este momento planean hacer grandes cosas en sus vidas y sacar adelante un país que necesita “agentes de cambio”, personas interesadas en aportar un poco de bien a sus pueblos y comunidades.
Estoy muy contenta con lo que he logrado a través de “Che Fund”, sigo soñando en grande, así también mi familia esta muy agradecida con todas las personas que decidieron ayudarme y con las que aun siguen apoyándome, gracias de nuevo por todo su apoyo, su dedicación, su comprensión y confianza.
Con mucho agradecimiento y cariño atentamente:
Saira Raudales

 

New Fund T-Shirts Are In!

 

$20 each…100% of profits go towards the General Scholar Fund. Order while supplies last! Email Mike at che_fund@yahoo.com to order. They come in S, M, L and XL. (Fruit of the Loop Cotton/polyester blend shirt). Thanks again to Johnra Marketing and Brian Weiss!!!!

June 2013 Parent Scholar Meeting – Zambrano, F.M.

Another amazing turn out for our 2013 Parent/Scholar Meeting, held this year in Zambrano, F.M. Over 45 attendees enjoyed an outstanding lunch, fun group activities and learning about important updates for the 2013 school year.