NOTES ON OUR EXPERIENCE INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS IN AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IN CAAZAPÁ, PARAGUAY

How do they live in such silence? The silence is deafening, the darkness oppressive. We make our way through the forest, seeking the warmth and safety of the light coming from the headlights of the pickup truck that we left by the main road.  After an intense day of work, we finally finish installing 21 solar panels in the indigenous community named Yvytymi, in Caazapá.

At midday, we started our work. If we talk about the middle of nowhere, this community is farther away than that. The pickup truck had to park in the soy fields 2 kilometers behind, and we started walking, swerving around trees and dancing with mud threatening to kidnap our designer tennis shoes. The woman guiding us walks quickly, her bare feet liberating her from the concern of leaving a shoe behind; she’s familiar with the path through the forest, across the river, up a small hill, through a corn field owned by a big multinational to the clearing where she and her family live in three small structures. (more…)

More than 250 entrepreneurs participated in a workshop where mothers were honored

On Friday, May 19, the second Regional Workshop on Microfranchising was held, with more than 250 women entrepreneurs from the cities of Itá, Paraguarí and Carapeguá. The event took place in “Plaza de la Laguna”, of the “city of the clay jar”, and the purpose was to honor the mothers on their day, in addition to continuing the series of workshops developed in several cities within the program “Microfranchising Development for low-income microentrepreneurs,” with the support of the Multilateral Investment Fund – Member of the IDB Group.

On the event, “Sentí Que Se Puede Barrio” (Feel it is Possible – Neighborhood), also had its own space, which sought to empower women with testimonies of successful women entrepreneurs who gave a positive message of life improvement despite obstacles faced, and also to motivate them to get ahead with entrepreneurship and successful initiatives. “I tell all the hard-working women (“kuña guapa,” an expression in Guaraní language) here that we can, we are brave and it is up to each one of us to motivate ourselves to overcome obstacles,” said Selva Cáceres, from the city of Carapeguá. (more…)

Bolivian NGO will implement Paraguayan educational model

A cooperation agreement was signed with the Fundación Interamericana Nuevo Amanecer de Tarija (Bolivia) so that the self-sustaining school model created by Fundación Paraguaya can be replicated in the neighboring country. This interinstitutional alliance covers financial, technical and methodological cooperation.

After gathering information on the self-sustaining educational model through the website of Fundación Paraguaya and Teach a Man to Fish, this Bolivian organization concluded that implementing a training for youth in a vulnerable situation that is focused on “Learning by Doing, Selling and Earning” and on an “Education that pays for itself” would impact enormously on the lives of their students, preparing them for the job market by providing them with technical and leadership skills, as well as generating their own resources to support the school. (more…)

Indigenous community of Caazapá had access to light thanks to installation of solar panels.

In the framework of the “Iluminando Vidas” project carried out by Fundación Paraguaya and Bunge, 21 solar panels were installed for housing in the Yvytymi community, in the Avai district of the Department of Caazapá, so that 45 families can access artificial light for the first time. This initiative is part of the solutions that are implemented together with the families after the self-evaluation carried out using the Poverty Stoplight, created by Fundación Paraguaya to measure multidimensional poverty of families in 50 indicators.

The employees of Fundación Paraguaya previously carried out the work of analysis, detection of the areas and conversation with the leaders of the community, in order to carry out an intense day of installation of solar panels, followed by a training for the care and maintenance of this technology. With nothing more than small huts as houses, and only traces of civilization for miles around, the group of 14 employees of Fundación Paraguaya worked together with families to dig wells, install solar panels, place the lights in the houses, perform self-assessment of the Poverty Stoplight and interacting with families, which had several indicators of extreme poverty. (more…)

Digital platform allows teachers to be trained in technical and vocational education

Fundación Paraguaya, in partnership with TVET Academy, is leading the project “Digital tools for technical and vocational education training centers” (“Herramientas digitales para centros de formación de educación técnica y profesional”) that seeks to improve agricultural technical education for youth in a vulnerable situation in Paraguay, through increasing the technical skills, the pedagogy and the motivation of their teachers. To this end, technical training videos are used, which are designed specifically for this platform, in addition to other materials extracted from the Internet. The project is supported by the organization Juntos por la Educación and the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC).

Among the objectives of this initiative is to develop networks of teachers from agricultural schools that are interested and able to share materials related to their area, break the digital divide of students belonging to rural communities and standardize national education based on a curriculum established for the agricultural technical education. To know more about the project, you can access the website http://www.tvetacademy.org/es/
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