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Save the Date – June 12th, 2013 for an evening of Jazz with WWT!
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Next Women Work Together Field Visit
Our next working trip to San Pedro Sacatepéquez will be March 4-19th, 2013. During these two weeks, our team of Spanish-speaking volunteers from the U.S. and Costa Rica will again be collaborating with our Guatemalan partners to bring WWT leadership and empowerment programs to teenage girls and to women. WWT volunteers pay their own expenses, work very hard, and have the experience of a lifetime getting to know the people who live in San Pedro and its rural villages. This kind of hands-on work helps volunteers understand matters of development in a whole new way.
Town Hit by Earthquake
On November 7, 2012, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the state of San Marcos, causing considerable destruction and death in the town of San Pedro and its rural areas. Dozens of people were killed, hundreds hurt, and thousands made homeless. Our sister nonprofit in San Pedro, Mujeres Trabajan Unidas, suspended its normal work to be an important part of the relief effort. They focused on addressing the needs of the homeless in the villages where we work. Relief work continued for nearly two months, and only recently has the staff returned to its regular tasks.
Guatemalan President Visits Women Work Together
On September 24, 2012, President Otto Perez Molina dropped in on one of our WWT workshops for a 20 minutes visit. Of course, he had with a huge entourage including San Marcos Governor Luis Rivera, San Pedro Mayor Carlos Bautista, and ex-mayor Diputado Dr. Tono Orozco who was recently elected to the Guatemalan Congress.
The 100 girls and women attending two workshops screamed with delight. Advance men played the Guatemalan version of Hail to the Chief, and when they heard that music, the women and girls knew something was up. That and the presence of dozens of soldiers and security who surrounded the building all morning. Huge numbers of reporters overran the workshop set up, so many girls climbed on tables to be able to see the President. Workshop organizers had been warned about the visit, so had time to prepare a short program.
Tono introduced Pres. Perez Molina to Tracy and to Judith Castañon, the Coordinator of Mujeres Trabajan Unidas, both of whom spoke briefly, followed by two teen leaders, who spoke eloquently about girls education and gave the President a Manda Tu Hija a La Escuela t-shirt. The President surprised the crowd in his remarks by emphasizing the importance of producing educated women, especially those who have the leadership potential he observed in San Pedro. “One day,” he noted, “Guatemala will certainly have a female president, and she might come from here!”