Program Updates

Ex-becarios form group to sponsor student

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Rebeca Tintaya, Alicia, Rubén, and some of the other ex-becarios are working together to sponsor a scholarship  student. They tell us there is a real sense of the value of the becas (scholarships), and that people are very, very happy to have had that opportunity to transform lives - their own, their families, and others. 

Jaqi-aru: “Voice of the People”, an Aymara virtual community

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Los Arcos

Alicia and Rubén are also working on a virtual Aymara community, which can be found at http://www.jaqi-aru.org/.  Jaqi-aru means “voice of the people” in Aymara, and was the native language before Aymara and Quechua, similar to Latin as a predecessor to Spanish.

The goal of this project is to spread the Aymara language more widely. The project is affiliated with GlobalVoices.org.  There are over 40 articles translated into Aymara at the Global Voices website: http://aym.globalvoicesonline.org/

Two of the current scholarship students who are studying linguistics, Martin Canaviri and Mariza Quispe,  are helping with writing comments and posting photos. 

Some of those active in the project attended Evo’s inaugauration at Tiwanaku in January, and posted a write-up afterwards at the Global Voices website. They’ve also translated an article on the melting of the glaciers in Bolivia.

Seeding the Altiplano with trees? Rubén and the eucalyptus project

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Rubén Hilari in NY, Aug. 2008

UPDATE: Ruben writes that they separated the seedlings out into the bags with the help of people in the village, and have given away about 2,000 seedlings. They need to see how the newly-transplanted seedlings will fare over winter. There are also some seeds left over, for additional starts next year.

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"God Poured a Bucketful of Blessings", Part II: Esther's work with the Internado students

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Esther during an interview in La Paz, February 2009

Esther Tinco Mamani, whom you may know from her video, has been visiting the Internado in Sorata, working with the students on planting vegetables and tending the expanded organic garden.The newly expanded Internado garden, at 8,000 feet

Some of the "internos" have since expressed an interest in learning about farm management.  Esther has also been talking with those who are about to graduate, encouraging them to prepare for and apply to university.

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.

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. 

 

  

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