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Review for Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation, Sequim, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am constantly amazed at the positive changes in the lives of the indigenous women with whom we, Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, partner. It seems like such a short time ago when the possibility of education beyond the primary level was non-existent. This year two of the women received their university degrees and next year one is going to be involved in a nursing practicum! Even those who are not direct scholarship recipients are enthusiastically participating in adult literacy programs and workshops. The children are taking advantage of remedial and enrichment sessions on weekends. Sometimes as a board member it seems that all we do is raise funds. But my annual trip to Chiapas to reunite with the women humbles me, energizes me, and fills me with a profound sense of the worth of what we do.

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Role:  Board Member

Review for Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation, Sequim, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a founding board member, I have been a part of Mujeres de Maiz OF since its inception 6 years ago when we gave one scholarship. Now, in addition to 19 women/girls receiving scholarships from the secondary to the university levels, we fund two children's programs which meet all year round on Saturdays and a women's literacy program. Last July I went to Zinacantan to watch elementary aged girls and boys share stories they had written, to listen to a puppet show they had organized, and to participate in multiplication practice. The children told us that they were very happy with the help they get at the Saturday school. And they were glad that their teachers don't complain to their parents about bad behavior and missing homework which used to happen often. The program is so successful that the children have requested to meet on Sundays as well!

Role:  Board Member & I accompany the women to the optometrist for eye exams, helped organize and present a workshop on labelling handicrafts for sale, transport backpacks, school supplies, computers and toothbrushes.