Graduation October 2015
The celebration marking the end of the school year in San Andres was on October 29, 2015. The entertainment the students prepared for their families was original and practiced and the home-made decorations the students and teachers used to decorate the sala were beautiful, Carmen traveled 1 1/2 hours one way to buy flowers for the church and the school cook reported for dutyat 6 am with her two young children to prepare rice and vegetables for everyone in attendance.
I also met with Carmen who has now completed her first full year as school director and with Steve Barrett who with two Guatemalan educators is helping us review our program and do teacher training. Steve had interviewed some of our students and parents all of whom were very complimentary of what Carmen and the teachers are doing and Carmen is demonstrating impressive command of her new job.
After the celebration I traveled to the boarding school in Chichicastenango some of our scholarship recipients attend. We had only one young lady in that life-changing program last year but new donors contributed enough to add 5 more next year. Sister Josefina, who runs the dormitory there, sends her thanks.
And I want to thank all of you on behalf of the Derr Foundation Board of Directors for your continuing contribution to a better future for San Andres Sajcabaja, Guatemala.