|A few of the mothers from Llanos Del Pinal - Family Support Center; Photo Credit: Caroline Yung|
Over the last two weeks Pop Wuj visited the communities of Llanos Del Pinal, Chirijkiak, and San Juan Ostuncalco and distributed scholarships (becas in Spanish) directly to the mothers of 51 students. With a total of 129 students in the scholarship program, the mothers of other recipients either pick up their becas directly at Pop Wuj, or it is paid directly to the student’s school as as part of their tuition.
|Mothers from Chirijkiak receiving their becas|
|Above two photos: A few of our moms from Llanos Del Pinal|
In our visits to San Juan Ostuncalco and Llanos del Pinal, we were lucky enough to have students of the Pop Wuj Social Work Program, Dorlisa and Gina lead a presentation on Effective Communication with your Child. The talk began with what types of characteristics one would look for in a confidant, included a skit with several scenarios of some common interactions between mother and child, and a discussion on possible barriers to communication. The two take-home points of the talk on methods to improve communication with your child were:
- Having special time with your child apart from all other activities such as work around the house
- Allowing your child to have a choice in the activity itself
|Gina and Dorlisa (left to right) in the midst of their presentation|
The presentation was well received by the mothers and began a stimulating discussion about communication methods and ways the mothers spent time with their children.
Photo credit: Caroline Yung 2013