CECAP (Centro de Capacitacion), the new vocational school in Santa Cruz has announced it's classes for 2012. Classes in beginning carpentry, clothing decoration, welding and weaving with a pedal floor loom begin February 4 and cost Q100. CECAP invites you to consider enrolling your guardian, other workers or their family members to expand on and improve their skills. See the flyer for details.
ANNOUNCEMENT TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN SANTA CRUZ: --URGENT--
CECAP has 3 young men from Chuitzanchaj studying in the culinary program for 2012. These are great young guys who need work part time to pay for their lodging and tuition. They are available to work doing anything that is needed from 2pm to 5pm daily and on weekends. If anyone has any sort of short-term work that you can offer this boys, you would be doing a very good deed. They are all very capable, honest and 15 years and older. Strong! Please call me if you have any work that they can do to help them pay for their education.
Thank you !!
Patricia Torpie, Executive Director,
Amigos de Santa Cruz Foundation
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
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INFLATION AND MINIMUM WAGE GO UP
On 30 December 2011 Bank of Guatemala (Banguat) released figures that the 2011 inflation rate for Guatemala would close at 6.34% which is above the projected target of 5%.
Just a few days before this announcement, outgoing President Álvaro Colom raised the minimum daily wage for both agricultural and non-agricultural workers from Q62.50 to Q68. This is an increase of 6.75%, just a touch above the 2011 inflation rate and which is higher than the Q66.80 rate suggested by the Comisión Nacional del Salario.
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PERMACULTURE FOREST GARDEN INSTITUTE NURSERY
I have just discovered Permaculture Forest Garden Institute Nursery! It is located in Santiago Atitlan on the slopes of San Pedro. They specialize in growing organic permaculture trees, shrubs, and other plants that are available for purchase. In addition to the plants, they offer consulting, design, installation and maintenance of ecological gardens. They also have a grower's manual on food forests that is available in Spanish and English as well as many other languages for only Q50! Visit their website: www.forestgardens.com.gt. You can contact Antonio at firstname.lastname@example.org
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5 FAVORITE THINGSWhat are 3-5 of your favorite things that you always bring from your home-country to Guatemala? Those things you cannot live without and you cannot get here or are difficult to get here? Email me your list and let me know if you want your name listed or not. I will publish the lists in the next blog. email@example.com
Cynthia Davis. I am a networker and information sharer. This blog replaces The Cruz News newsletter. If you have information of interest to share with the Santa Cruz la Laguna and Lake Atitlán communities, please contact me .