GAD Scholarship Program: Round 2
Oct 4, 2008
|Back by popular demand, PATF: you now have second chance to help me and my GAD committee with our Scholarship program! Being part of GAD and the various projects we work on has become one of my most valuable work experiences during my service here. This scholarship program is unique to Paraguay and as a committee we have worked hard to developed standard practices with our host country partner organizations to make it a sustainable, model program for others to follow. We provided the recipients not only with financial assistance to continue their education, but also critical life skills from finance management and savings to self esteem and community service.
Last year I sent out a very similar request, as you may recall and last year, with help from friends and family members spread out across the US, including many of you, we met our financial obligations. I want to say thank you for your support last year if you chose to give to our cause, and I urge you to consider donating again this year. If you didn´t have the chance last year or don´t remember much about it, below is more information about the program itself. This is a great opportunity to help me directly with an ongoing endeavor. As always, i thank you for all your love and support throughout my Peace Corps Paraguay Adventure, it means a lot to me to know you all care enough to read my updates and keep up with my crazy life down here.
* PATF (Programa de Apoyo Tecnico y Financiero:
Each year, the Gender and Development Committee (GAD) of Peace Corps Paraguay, along with two local organizations, work together to provide at least 50 underprivileged youth with both technical training and educational scholarships. The technical training includes workshops on leadership, self-esteem, personal finance management, gender empowerment, and networking. The scholarship program includes four different educational levels available for financial aid:
High school level ($100)
Vocational level ($150)
Trade school level ($250)
University level ($500)
The PATF program aims to help young, female Paraguayans pursue their education in diverse fields of study and increase their ability to achieve financially independent and fulfilling lives. Since 2004, the program has awarded 143 scholarships to female Paraguayan youth throughout the country. This year, in order to promote gender equity, the program has expanded to include 10% of the scholarships for male beneficiaries.
You can help Peace Corps raise funds to enable bright, young Paraguayan youth to further their education. Even the smallest contribution can make the biggest difference in raising the tuition that Paraguayan youth need for his/her education. Making a donation is fast and easy, just copy & paste the link I have provided here into your web browser:
If for some reason you have trouble with the link, go to, www.peacecorps.gov, the Peace Corps´ official Website and click on Donate Now, Volunteer Projects and then click on South America or key word search below the map:
1. Search the list for Paraguay, "Program for Financial and Technical Support 2009". To see the project description, click on the link.
2. Enter the amount you would like to give in the box provided (next to the $) and Click on "Donate" and it will take you to another donation page.
3. Just like any other online transaction, first you will be asked to complete your personal information before you continue on to finish the payment by clicking on the "Confirm Information" link. Once you have confirmed that the information you provided is correct, click on "Enter Payment Information".
Your donation makes this Peace Corps Partnership scholarship program possible!
For more information contact you can always contact me at any time.
Also please remember the window to donate closes in Dec, so please try not to wait, and donate when you can.
Thank you so much for your generosity, support and love!
Gariety Pruitt, RHS PCV Paraguay