Education for Dreamers (Soñadores por la Educación) 2017

DREAMERS FOR EDUCATION. Derrumbando fronteras, construyendo comunidad.

VOCES MESOAMERICANAS, ACCION CON PUEBLOS MIGRANTES

Education

Our story

DREAMERS FOR EDUCATION
(SOÑADORES POR LA EDUCACIÓN)
2017

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
migratory contexts.

 

Our Story

 

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
Kuxlejal,”
an
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
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Givers

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Anonymous

Felicidades a las y los jóvenes que siguen realizando su sueños y luchando para el lekil kuxlejaltik

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Andre Fraer

ante la misería impuesta por el estado mexicano, la solidaridad internacional!

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Miguel Angel Paz

Contribucion Universidad Denver

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Donación Kermés Solidaria

Gracias a todas y todos por su solidaridad con las y los estudiantes tsotsiles

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Nico, Hélène y Paolo

¡Mucho exito a las y los estudiantes de Los Altos de Chiapas! Un abrazo fuerte al equipo de Voces Mesoamericanas,

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LISE-MARIE BARTHES

Muchas gracias para este iniciativa exitosa!

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Anonimo

Excelente esfuerzo

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Anonymous

Mucha suerte para la Campaña, ánimo con los estudios de los compañeros y compañeras

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Julián Lima Samayoa

De equipo de Voces Mesoamericanas

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Ramón Márquez

La educación es la llave para el cambio

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Julián Lima Samayoa

De equipo de Voces Mesoamericanas

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Deyanira Clériga

Por que la educación sea un Derecho y no un privilegio, Familia Clériga Morales

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Kathrin Jaschewski

Muchos saludos a todos. Espero que alcanzen su meta, les deseo mucha suerte.

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Hans Pollinger

Felicidades por su compromiso. Fuerza y sigan adelante.

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Azucena Diaz

Felicidades hacen un gran trabajo

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Asociación Alemana para la Educación de los Adultos

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Clara

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Clara

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Amy Lowey

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Manon Lambert

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