Photo 1: Sisters stand on the site of the proposed CCVI Collaborative School in Guatemala. L-R: Sisters Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru, Gloria Eugenia Ortiz Villalón, General Councilor for C.C.V.I. San Antonio, and Coordinator of the Steering Committee for this initiative, Santiaga Mejía Vásquez, and Kevina Keating. Photo 2 L-R: Sisters Santiaga Mejía Vásquez, Kevina Keating, Gloria Eugenia Ortiz Villalón, C.C.V.I. San Antionio, and Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru. Photo 3 L-R: Sisters Kevina Keating, Gloria Eugenia Ortiz Villalón, C.C.V.I. San Antonio, Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru, and Vicenta Miranda.
by Sr. Gloria Eugenia Ortiz Villalón, C.C.V.I. San Antonio
It is with great enthusiasm that we continue working on the Project of a bilingual school in Guatemala. For this reason, on September 28, Sisters Kevina Keating, Gloria Eugenia Ortiz Villalón, C.C.V.I. San Antonio, Santiaga Mejía Vásquez, Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru, and Vicenta Miranda visited a property that meets many of the characteristics we are searching for the development of the school. It is located in the Municipality of Mixco in an area densely populated by young families who do not have a school in that area, so children and young people have to travel to the city and make 2 to 4-hour trips to get to their school. The location is called Encinal, and it is a very green area, surrounded by forest and protected regions as a nature reserve.
For several months, we have been researching the educational reality of Guatemala, by being in contact with the authorities of the Ministry of Education, as well as doing fieldwork and visiting prestigious schools in the city. It has led us to discover the pressing need to collaborate and raise the educational level in the area by opening a school that offers quality education.
We put this collaborative project, between CCVI Houston and San Antonio, in the hands of the Incarnate Word to continue extending the Mission and Charism of our Congregations.