Gone are the days when I could visit every family in their home every year - there are just too many now to make that feasible, especially since visiting requires a guide to find the homes and a translator for the local Maya language, Tz'utujil, to Spanish or English and back. We'd be literally and figuratively lost without those services from Mynor and he's a busy guy. Our current compromise is to visit just the homes of each year's new students, which Mynor and I set out to do during the week following Semana Santa; we visited 7 families and will visit the remaining 5 when I'm back in August.
Juan Felipe showing me a magic trick
Anyone who has visited San Pedro with me can attest to my joy in running into Beca Project students and their families in the street and in the market. Here are a few photos of chance meetings with current and former students.
Tono, one of our graduates, is proud to be a police officer now.
Dorcas - seen with her mother - is a university student.
Juana Micaela (left), is taking a year off between Diversificado and university to help with the cost of education for her siblings.
Beca students Mayra (left) and Jennifer (right) with a school friend
Paulina is a former Beca Project student who is working in town to support her family; I haven't seen her for more than a year and she looked wonderful.
Evelin Elena is finishing her last year of university, training to be a teacher; we passed her as she walked her daughter Rosario to school.
Rosa Maria and her mother selling tortillas in the market.
Another version of this was seeing Beca students in the Semana Santa processions; here are 3 examples.
Rosa Maria (2nd from right)
Paola (near the back, smiling)
Onward and upward!
If you're interested in looking at the full set of Beca Project-related photos from this trip, click here.