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Deysi Ramirez named principal of Los Amigos Upper School

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Deysi Ramirez

Deysi is the first female, and the first Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitator, to hold such position in a Bolivian Quaker School. Some of you may recognize Deysi as a member of the BQE-Bo Scholarship Committee, as well as an AVP committee member. Deysi also serves on the BQE-Bo General Education Committee. Congratulations, Deysi, and thanks for all the good work!

Gardening with Internos - Esther's Powerpoint (4 MB file)

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The newly planted garden, elevation 8,000+ feet.

View Esther's report on her work with the Internado students, planting their new, larger garden and working with them on envisioning their future.

Use These Values in Our Daily Lives: Notes from An Update Interview with Alicia and Ruben

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Sara Mamani Tito, center, enjoys an Andina lunch break with fellow Quaker Education Workshop participants

Notes from a Skype call with Alicia and Rubén, 11-12-09

RH: These kinds of activities (Quaker Education Workshops) were really important for people who are involved w/the English pgm for the Quaker schools, and for friends and colleagues who share our concern for using Quaker values, for teaching in the schools using Quaker methods.  Our internships in the US will help with this work.

Beliefs:

New First Day School Lesson and Other Opportunities to Get Acquainted with Bolivian Friends

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Students at the Manantial Quaker school in Batallas

We have a new first day school lesson available for 4th grade and up.  The complete lesson includes stories (see Lesson Plan), a slide show, videos, and a booklet. Please forward the links or download and print the materials to share with your First Day School committee.  We hope you enjoy this new opportunity for getting to know Bolivian Friends better, and we welcome your feedback on the materials and how they might have led students and others to find ways to connect with Friends in Bolivia.

Conflict & Community: Jorge's Full Epistle

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Jorge Arauz and Mari Moreina with 3 new AVP facilitator trainees

"Just tell them you love them. And tell them what you brought back, what you learned in your meeting."

 Below is the full text, translated, of Jorge Aráuz's message to AVP community leaders in Bolivia.

 

Julio 25, 2009

Hermanos y hermanas queridas del PAV en Bolivia:

Que Dios les bendiga, y que su luz inmensa ilumine sus corazones, y encuentre en ellos espacio amplio, como la luz del sol, cuando llega a la faz de la tierra cada mañana.

"God Poured A Bucketful of Blessings", Part I: Esther Tinco Mamani's interview (video)

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Esther Tinco Mamani

Watch as Esther Tinco Mamani talks about pursuing her degree in agronomical engineering - a profession she was told she should avoid because it was a "man's job." She says the BQEF scholarship was "like God poured a bucketful of blessings on her." The interview was recorded on February 28, 2009, at Colegio Los Amigos in La Paz.  Esther's witness is a vibrant example of what a difference your support is making!

Surprise and Delight: Mutual Learning among Bolivian Quaker Interns and Friends in the U.S.

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When an FWCC veteran heard that a young Bolivian Friend was visiting the 2009 sessions of New England Yearly Meeting, her first reaction was to regret that NEYM did not have translators in place.  But Rubén Hilare did not need translators, neither for conversations nor for his presentation at an interest group.  All went smoothly in English, and 16 Friends came to learn more about Bolivia on an evening when there were a dozen simultaneous interest groups.

An Alternative Vacation: Sharing Real Wealth

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Removing small trees with their roots, digging a 32 foot trench, and wire-brushing mold off stucco may not be everyone’s choice of a vacation, but for the 9 of us in the first Quaker Community Service Tour to Bolivia, it was a rewarding and gratifying experience.
 

Alicia's Year Among Friends Here

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When Alicia Lucasi came to Carolina Friends School in September of 2008, she brought a wealth of information to share about Bolivian Quakers.  In her own life, Alicia reflected the migration common among Aymara-speaking Quakers from the rural areas to the cities. 

 

  

Video interviews: Alicia Lucasi & Ruben Hilare on their year-long US internships & how they'll apply that learning in Bolivia

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On July 1, 2009, Ruben Hilare and Alicia Lucasi took time out from their other activities at the 2009 FGC Gathering in Blacksburg, Virginia, to talk about their 2008-09 internships at Oakwood School (Ruben) and Carolina Friends School (Alicia), their BQEF scholarships, and how BQEF has made a difference in their lives. Alicia and Ruben are now back in Bolivia, working on ways to use their internship experiences to improve education among Bolivian Quakers. All who met Ruben and Alicia during their internship year know what wonderful ambassadors they were!

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