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Dilia Xol Mas, 20

2012 Graduate — Studied Rural Wellbeing

Like all students at the Father Tom Moran Educational Center, Dilia Xol spent two months of her senior year as an intern. Her internship was with the Guatemalan environmental group FUNDAECO, which works with communities in the Rio Dulce area. Dilia worked on a project with a Mayan women’s association called AMUDIS, which FUNDAECO helped local women found. AMUDIS is promoting literacy and motivating women to organize themselves into groups to produce handicrafts and other economic activities. As part of a team from FUNDAECO, Dilia visited six Q’eqchi Maya villages and helped moderate workshops for local women.

“I really enjoyed working with the women,” she said. “The experience helped me to overcome my shyness and fear. I learned a lot, and I now feel more capable. I hope to continue doing this kind of work.”