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Newsletter #7, Nov. 2006

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"Dinner with Emma" ~ by Newton Garver
Emma Condori, now 28, visited the USA from mid-December 2005 through mid-February, the final month being a most valuable internship at Westtown School. Prior to her visit, she told Jens Braun and me during our 2005 trip to Bolivia that she would like to meet with us, so we took her to an Israeli restaurant in La Paz for supper. It was an unforgettable experience.

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Newsletter #6, May 2006

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Elsa Castanos Rodriguez

Spotlighted Student: Meet new recipient Elsa Castaños Rodríguez.
Elsa is in her fourth semester at Simon Bolivar Normal (Teaching) School, studying full-time to be a math teacher. Elsa lives in Vino Tinto, north of La Paz, with her parents and 10 siblings who attend public school. Her father is a construction worker, and her mother keeps the house. Elsa, 23, is a member of INELA Yearly Meeting. She was born in La Paz city.

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Newsletter #5, November 2005

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Westtown students Liz & Katie with teachers at Max Paredes school, La Paz

Meaningful Travel
By Katie Lee, BQEF volunteer and Westtown student

E-Newsletter August 2005

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Quaker Education Workshop small group

REPORTS ON AN FCE-TYPE WORKSHOP IN LA PAZ

Andrew Rutledge & Catalina Ríos, presenters: On Saturday, August 13, 2005, the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund offered a full day workshop for Bolivian Quaker teachers and administrators. The topics included an overview of Quaker history and testimonies, Quaker education, and administrative structures in U.S. Quaker schools. 70 participants representing 4 schools enjoyed a day of sharing ideas about Quaker education through PowerPoint presentations, dialogues, question and answer sessions, and small group exercises.

Report from the President, June 2005

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It is many months since I have written you about Bolivian Friends. Today I do so with a sigh of relief, since the installation of a new president has eased the crisis that has gripped Bolivia for three weeks, shutting down La Paz and making food and fuel (remember: it is mid-winter there) unavailable to the poor. Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé, still in his forties, with a graduate degree from Harvard, and until now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, seems trusted by all parties. He is expected to call for early elections, probably in August or September. The action further prepares the way for a third revolution in Bolivia, following those effected by the remarkable Victor Paz in 1952 and 1982.

Newsletter #4, May 2005

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"Two exciting developments are the plans of two teachers from Abington Friends School to offer workshops on
Quaker teaching methods at the Friends schools in Bolivia, and the decision of Fredonia Meeting to sponsor one of the scholarship students. Again this year two Westtown students..."

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Newsletter #3, January 2005

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"...all those that participated in the scholarship had thought it likely that our proposal of scholarship aid to Bolivian Quaker students was only a remote promise. Many have spilled tears for help like ours in moments of
great need and poverty in Bolivia." Bernabe Yujra, BQE-Bo Coordinator

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E-Newsletter September 2004

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It is months since I have written. BQEF is still very much alive. We had a board meeting in early June, and in the following six weeks I had displays at four Friends gatherings: the Friends Association for Higher Education and Friends General Conference, as well as both Northwest YM and New York YM. A strenuous schedule. The database has grown, but we missed sending out a spring newsletter.

E-Newsletter April 2004

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Dear Friends,

It is a long time since I sent you any news about BQEF. When I see the glitzy material that solicit funds in the mail each day, and the two-page "personal" letters (two or three times a year) from organizations to which I have made past contributions, I realize that a note like this is pretty primitive by today's standards. But funds are needed—and they still go a long way in an impoverished country like Bolivia. Right now we have only enough funds to last until June, so I hope you can consider a contribution at this time.

Report from the President, November 2003

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Last month I spent two weeks in Bolivia, following a week in Peru to study Spanish and get acclimated to medium (8,200 feet) altitude. Things were tense when I arrived in Bolivia on Saturday 10/11; on Sunday 34 people were killed in El Alto when the government told the army to convoy fuel trucks through the campesino blockade, and on Monday another 20 were killed in clashes in central La Paz. For the rest of the week both cities (as well as three others) were shut down—no shops or restaurants, no transport, no street vendors.

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