DREAMERS FOR EDUCATION
(SOÑADORES POR LA EDUCACIÓN)
A few years ago, we started
the “Dreamers for Education” campaign
with the premise of raising scholarship funds for young people of Mayan Tsotsil
and Tseltal people groups in the highlands of Chiapas. This year, we are re-launching
the campaign to continue accompanying the dream of these indigenous youth in
The “Dreamers for Education” campaign
is a fundraising project that began in December 2013, promoted by the
organization Voces Mesoamericanas, Acción
con Pueblos Migrantes and HIPGive
(a crowdfunding or collective financing platform). It aims to create a high
school, vocational training, and college scholarship fund for Tsotsil and Tseltal
students from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.
Who are the Dreamers for Education?
They are young people, both
women and men, between 15 and 25 years old, who are from Tsotsil and Tseltal
communities in the highlands of Chiapas where they do not have the means to
exercise their right to study, nor do they have access to other freedoms and
human rights. They are immersed in migratory contexts: they have migrated, have
returned from migration, or are relatives of migrants, in order to support the
livelihoods of their families. They have the dream of studying to build a
better present and future.
All of them participate in
the creation and development of economic, political, organizational, cultural,
and artistic alternatives within the indigenous migrant communities of which
they are a part.
What are the Dreamers for Education looking for?
The scholarship fund is an
opportunity for indigenous young men and women to continue in education processes
that contribute to the development of skills, thus contributing to the
construction of what in Tsotsil and Tseltal Mayan languages is known as “Lekil
indigenous concept of communal well-being.
Scholarships consist of
support for transportation, food, tuition, and learning materials.
In the last three years, the “Dreamers
for Education” campaign has facilitated in the connection of 26 young
people to different educational projects.
Each year we seek to give scholarships
to more Tseltal and Tsotsil young people, in addition to continuing to support scholarships
for those who are currently studying.
Why is it important?
Quality education is one of
the many rights denied to indigenous communities. The possibilities for them to
access formal education at the high school, vocational, and college level are
limited or often nonexistent. Likewise, discrimination continues to be a
reality experienced by the indigenous population, combined with educational
models that do not recover nor recognize their culture, knowledge, needs,
experience, and ways of seeing life.
Young migrants who return to their communities of origin encounter
structural and financial limitations to continue their studies and to access
work opportunities and living wages. This project allows us to open up those
opportunities for some of these young people.
The young people who have benefited from these education scholarships are a worthy example of the struggle for the
construction of “lekil kuxlejal,” the indigenous concept of communal
well-being. This is why we will not stop being dreamers.
Without the support of your contributions, access to the right to education
for our friends would be more difficult, and in some cases impossible. We are
so grateful for your heart and commitment to transform this reality, and for
continuing to give us hope to continue believing in the path of solidarity.
Thank you, or as they say around here: kolavalik.
Become a donor today for these migrant youth dreamers
by clicking on the read “DONATE” button!
Miguel Angel Paz
Donación Kermés Solidaria
Nico, Hélène y Paolo
Julián Lima Samayoa
Julián Lima Samayoa
Asociación Alemana para la Educación de los Adultos
Veronica palacio o
SANDRA KARINA ORDONEZ GONZALEZ
Ma Carmen Arellano Gálvez
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