AN UPDATE FROM FUNDACION GRUPO SAN FELIPE

Scholarships:

First, I thought it interesting to share a little statistics with you in order to celebrate our achievements. The AAS helped us during the last years and therefore you can feel proud of being part of our accomplishments!!

Until now, we had granted 31 scholarships! As you know, some scholarships are given to students from Añatuya (Province of Santiago del Estero) and others to students from Retiro (Villa 31, City of Buenos Aires).

From those 31 students: 9 finished their studies and got their diplomas (6 from Añatuya and 3 from Retiro); 15 are still attending classes and/or finishing their exams (8 from Añatuya and 7 from Retiro); and 7 could not complete their studies.

One of the students who finished her studies last August is Soledad Mojica (one of the AAS donations was destined to cover her scholarship!!). She obtained the title of “Técnico Superior Contable Impositivo” (“Senior Technician in Accountancy and Taxation”) from the Catholic Institute of Superior Studies which belongs to the Catholic University of Santiago del Estero.

We also have 15 tutors who are in charge of following up and assisting each of the current scholars. From these 15 tutors, 14 are volunteers from Buenos Aires and 1 of them is an ex-scholar from Añatuya who wanted to give something back to Grupo San Felipe and his community. And this is one of the most important and encouraging things can happen!


Activities:

We keep on doing our 5 visits to Añatuya (we stay there from Saturday morning until Sunday night). We do this through groups formed by 10 volunteers and, of course, we try to rotate these groups so as to let as many of the 60 volunteers that form Grupo San Felipe participate at least once a year. Some 80 students attend each of this weekend visits.

We also celebrated the “Añatuya Sabe 2012” competition. This is the competition in which approximately a 100 students from different schools form groups of 5 to compete in a “jeopardy style” knowledge competition were we asked them about different subjects (i.e. mathematics, history, geography, physics, literature, etc.) and the winner is awarded a trip to the Cordoba Space Centre! (we attached a picture with the volunteers that attended the 2012 competition).

Next November we will have the “Mi Barrio Sabe 2012” which is the same competition as “Añatuya Sabe” but in Retiro.

We are working on setting up a commission that will be in charge of “Careers and Employability”.

Last but not the least, we also had a “cultural weekend” with scholars from Añatuya and Retiro who joined us for a visit to a Museum, Plaza de Mayo, the Buenos Aires Cathedral, the “Casa Rosada”, the Planetarium (we attached a picture of it), Colon Theatre and a fantastic dinner with many volunteers of the Fundacion Grupo San Felipe.


ASADOS
by Archie Whitworth

One doesn’t need to spend too much time in Argentina before the cultural importance of the asado becomes clear. The ritual of grilling entire animals to be shared between family and friends represents something so much more than a meal: being perhaps the one thing that all Argentines have in common, it unites them in a way that other cultural icons divide. People may argue about Evita or tussle over tango, but asado means asado to everyone.

Of course, each asador has his own methods, his preferred cuts, his individual approach and eccentricities. Nonetheless, it is often a surprise to a visitor that when Argentines say ‘barbecue’ they are not referring to burgers and bangers, but the entire cow. This wasn’t always the case. Travellers in Argentina during the 19th century reported the horror of seeing cow carcasses left in fields, having been stripped of their hides and a small amount of meat for individual consumption by their owners. Perhaps it is this memory that led Argentines to devise a way of cooking absolutely everything on each animal, as perhaps a tribute or apology to years of wastefulness.

Asados are such an integral part of Argentine culture, and represent such a source of pride, that it often bemuses the locals when foreigners have a go. I have witnessed several such asados, where the foreigner huffs and puffs, while the Argentines stand back, arms crossed, watching, always eager to step in should disaster threaten. Effort is always appreciated, but sometimes it is best to let the experts do their thing…

- Archie Whitworth (our man in Buenos Aires)


GRUPO SAN FELIPE – IT CENTRE

For the past two years Fundación Grupo San Felipe has devoted time and resources to create the first IT center in the city of Añatuya, province of Santiago del Estero. Our vision was to start a digital revolution in one of the neediest areas of our country, helping to digitalize education and “close the gap”.We are now proud to announce that, after much effort and cooperation from our sponsors, theCentro Informático Añatuya (Añatuya´s IT Centre) is now fully operational. The centre was first opened to local high school students on November 26th, 2011.The centre is now being used for short courses on general PC use, MS Office, etc., and the second phase of our program will be deployed in 2012, integrating education, community and IT through Math, Physics and Geography.Formal inauguration is scheduled for December 10th, 2011, when community members and media representatives will be attending. During the inauguration, the centre will present its objectives and capabilities to stakeholders, inviting the community to spread the good news mouth-to-mouth in their homes, schools and workplaces and to seize what are now limitless opportunities


A letter from Soledad Mojica, a student the society helps to sponsor

Dear Authorities of the Anglo Argentine Society

My name is Maria Soledad Mojica and I was born on 29th July 1991. I live in the Department of Taboada, Province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina. My family consists of my parents and three younger brothers. (…) When I finished elementary school at my hometown, I wanted to continue studying, so my parents saw the possibility to enrol me at a school in Añatuya. During the school year, I was an intern at the school and, on holidays, I returned to my home. The early days were a bit difficult because I missed my family. However, as time went by, I adapted to my life in Añatuya and learnt many things.

When I was at half way of completing high school, the Principal of my school introduced me with volunteers of “Fundacion Grupo San Felipe”. Those volunteers invited me and my school mates to attend the five meetings held every year at Añatuya. In such meetings, various topics were dealt with through talks, games, movies, etc. It was great fun! I also learnt many values, which helped me in my daily life, and study skills which helped me study thoroughly. When I was at my last year at high school, the psychopedagogues of “Fundacion Grupo San Felipe” made vocational tests to each of the students who participated in the Foundation meetings. It was very good, for the results indicated us in which areas we were better prepared to continue studying. This greatly helped me to decide my career path for I was a little confused (though I knew that it was going to be something connected with “numbers”). Thanks to this test and the help of the Foundation’s psychopedagogues I was able to find out my career.

During my last two years at high school, I had the opportunity to participate in the first “Añatuya Sabe” -a contest organized by the Foundation and where different schools of Añatuya also participate-. I really enjoyed the challenge of studying, but much more to share a nice day with other boys. It was such a great experience!

In 2009, at the end of my last year at high school, I received great news which made me and my family very happy. I was appointed to receive a scholarship from the “Fundacion Grupo San Felipe”. It was something unexpected and I still thank God for this opportunity, because my family may not have the necessary resources to help me continue with what I wanted.

In 2010 I started the two and a half years career of “Técnico Superior Contable Impositivo” (“Senior Technician in Accountancy and Taxation”) at the Catholic Institute of Superior Studies which belongs to the Catholic University of Santiago del Estero (located in the capital of Santiago del Estero).

(…) With regard to the “Fundación Grupo San Felipe” I care a lot about them and because of this I would like to collaborate with them in the future, for all they are doing is very good. (…) Everything they transmitted to me, was, is and will be a tool in my life.

My experience with my tutor (Paz Otero) is very nice and it would not be the same without her, for I feel accompanied by her at all times and I know that under any circumstances she will always listen to me and understand me. The same goes for the other members of the “Fundación Grupo San Felipe”. I really admire all their dedication and effort for young people.

And to you, the Authorities of the Anglo Argentine Society -who provide the financial resources which make my scholarship possible- I am infinitely grateful for your help and for being part of my life, for with your help you let me achieve what I always wanted. I will never stop giving thanks to you and I will always pray for the Anglo Argentine Society may continue with its projects and the Virgin Mary and God be with you all.

Lastly, I want to tell you that my dream after I graduate as “Técnico Superior Contable Impositivo” is to study the career of Public Accountant and, once I obtained my degree, I will be able to help children or youth either in their economic or spiritual education. In my personal life, in the future I wish to form my own family and pass on to my children everything I learnt over all these years.

I hope this letter helps you know me a little more.

Best wishes, God and the Virgin May bless you all.”

Soledad

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Please note that the best mark possible is 10/10. As of today, Soledad’s average is 9.125/10.

1 Año Tecnico Contable 2 Año Tecnico Contable
MATERIAS SITUACION Mark MATERIAS SITUACION Mark
Matematica Promocionado 10 Seminario laboral Promocionado 8
Calculo financiero Promocionado 10 Seminario contable Promocionado 9
Administracion Promocionado 9 Seminario impositivo Promocionado 9
Teoria impositiva Promocionado 7 Derecho comercial Promocionado 10
Impuesto laboral Promocionado 7.5 Informatica Promocionado 10
Sector financiero Promocionado 10 Informatica aplicada Promocionado 10