Sharing the Dream tries to work in creative ways to help create independence not dependence. This is quite a bit of work as so many NGO's just have the philosophy of giving money and not expecting any thing in return. As a trained counselor I know that for the improvement of people's self esteem and for their continued growth we need to let people take control of their lives. We are working with some young people in some very interesting ways. Just let us know if you would like to help.
Julia is 25 and has only gone through middle school. She applied for a scholarship several years ago but asked if we wouldn't give it to her sister. Her sister Sara Hilda just graduated from high school. Julia has been working at the elder center as a tortilla maker and a helper in the kitchen for the past few years. She only works part time. We asked her if we hired her full time if she could pay for her own schooling. She is very excited and nervous to go to high school. She has become the assistant for Bernabela with the elders and the bead group. The added expense for Sharing the Dream is $150 per month.
Tomasa is in her last year of high school. She was not going to go this year as she did not have the money. We needed a weaver periodically to weave samples for the artisan development program. We are giving Tomasa a partial scholarship of $250 and she will be paid for helping with the weaving and can then pay the rest of the money for her school.
Hector was a scholarship student of ours since middle school. He graduated from high school this year and wanted to go to college for social work. He doesn't have the money as their is no father and his mother is a weaver with 3 other children. Two of them are disabled. He was going to go to the city to help an uncle sell fruit. We offered him a part time job if he would go to college and pay his way. He is going to be our tutor in Pana and Chichi. He will also help around the office. It will cost $150 a month to pay him part time.