Beginning of the school year 2021 at Francisco Coll in Guatemala City

It was possible to complete the school year 2020 on time by distributing learning sheets to the pupils. For the school year 2021 the teachers have created a Hybrid model, meaning, that the pupils are attending classes physically from monday to wednesday inclusive, while being divided into two equal groups, each counting about 10-15 pupils. Thus there is can be reached a sufficiently large distance. There are also desinfectant measurements and checks of temperature of the whole school staff. It is of great importance that the pupils receive their regular nutritive schoolmeals during these days. On thursday and friday they have to learn at home with the help of their parents by filling out learning sheets, which have been explained by their teachers earlier.
The 21 photographs, Director Sister Gloria sent us, impressingly show the realization of this hybrid model. To support the families, that are threatened by hunger without having the possibilities of earning money, we have again transferred an extra Corona donation, this time coming up to 2.050.- USD.


At first news from the board of the foundation:

After 15 years of continuous and valuable cooperation Prof. Radeisen left the board by 1st January 2020. Replacing him is Isabell Nordhausen, a young employee of the charitable organization INKOTAe.V., for which she is regularly visiting some projects in Central America. During visiting the INKOTA project in Guatemala in 2019 Isabell could already meet with Sister Teresa and could have a look at the school at the landfill in Guatemala City. Of course Isabell speaks the spanish language very well and fluently.

Isabell Nordhausen, new member of the board of the foundation, visiting Lancetillo, from left to right: Sister Esperanza, Sister Teresa, Isabell Nordhausen, Sister Gloria.

Furthermore we altered the statues of RUVD by 30th june 2020 – with the approval of the Berlin Senator for Justice, Consumer Rights and Antidiscrimination-, that we want to stop the support of former soviet prisoners of war, because 75 years after war`s end, there are not living any more persons entitled for donations.

In those 15 years after the beginning of the foundation`s work we have transferred 144.000.- Euro to the organization Kontakte , which gave the money in 300.- Euro parts to more or less 480 persons. These then wrote letters back, describing all the terrible things they had experienced and had to suffer during their prison time. Most of them were very moved by our gesture of reconciliation and I (Irmingard Weise) am very glad that we could still reach such a lot of people though it was so late.

Now to the projects :

  1. School Francisco Coll at the landfill in Guatemala City.

Bundles with basic dry food in Lancetillo

Lessons stopped in April 2020, there is a strict curfew and therefore the people living at the landfill have no opportunity of earning money. The pupils resp. their parents can fetch learning sheets from the school to continue lessons, besides, there are distributed school tools .Furthermore the sisters give advice to the families about hygiene, tidiness and health. But there is still the problem of nutrition. Therefore we transferred an extra donation of 2.000.- Euro to finance the distribution of bundles with basic dry food to the pupils and their parents while fetching the learning sheets from school.

  1. Stipendiate Programme in Lancetillo/Guatemala

In a similar way we cared for the families of our scholars. Here Sister Teresa told us that the learning continues quite well, meaning that some scholars learn by e-mail (mainly the auxiliary nurses), some are also getting learning sheets ( the teachers for kindergarten) and those qualifying for professional nursery are working in hospitals all the same.

So we can state, that

  1. despite of corona the training of all scholars continues well,
  2. that therefore no money is left and
  3. that it is necessary to transfer also money for families in need to buy food.

So we transferred 2.000.- Euro also to Sister Rosa Maria at Chichicastenango.

She writes us, that she can fill about 116 packets with each containing

2,5 kg dry milk, 3 kg flour for tortillas, 2,5 kg dry beans, 2,5 kg rice, 3 packets of noodles, 1.5 kg sugar and 1 l of oil.

  1. CAICC in Bolivia

Here the situation was complicated already before the pandemia for several reasons:

– there is no clear political guidance in Bolivia since Morales fled out of the country, the right wing Interim government postpones elections permanently,

– the communal administrations do not grant any more support to the CAICC since March and this is very serious, because their contribution made up to 65 % of the project`s budget,

– there are no other supporters besides RUVD

– and finally the bus has broken down some time ago and they could not find a new bus until now, though they have a fund of about 31.000.- USD.

CAICC 2020, in the background a transporter of San Lucas

Then came the quarantine in the middle of March and the CAICC was of course completely closed.

The majority of the employees was dismissed , wages were only paid for march. Still working are Meri as director and Roberto as accountant.

The children of the CAICC and their families, being in prison or not, were hit especially hard by the crisis, because now they have no possibility to earn money. So Meri took the task of delivering regular food supplies. Receivers are between 12 and 27 families; in all she could until now deliver food five times in form of food baskets, but also fresh meat and sausages. Besides she organized a workshop about the pandemia and the virus.

A roast chicken chain, called Pollos Sofia, had generously given fresh chicken meat to the CAICC and the organization San Lucas provided their transporter so that Meri could deliver the food.

RUVD is regularly transferring 9.000.- Euro per year, in 2 halves, each at the 1st of january and the 1 st of july. Our contribution of july will be spent for further delivery of food and maybe for some outstanding debts like wages. The money spared for the bus should not be spent if possible.

The future of the CAICC is not quite clear. RUVD alone cannot finance the project, that needs, in normal times, some 55.000.- USD for budget. We will see what is happening in the future.


Two of our project-partners in Latinamerica have european roots and they regularly visit their relatives. It`s Sister Maria Teresa visiting her familiy who lives in the vicinity of Barcelona every two years; there she and me (Irmingard Weise) have already met twice.

And then there is Alex Bustamante, president of the CAICC in Bolivia since 2 years. His mother is living in England and he visits her in summertime.
So I I got the idea, that Maria Teresa and Alex B. could visit us in Berlin /Potsdam via a little flight hop, financed by RUVD. Because speaking to each other personally, spending some time together, showing our partners how we live etc would be a great help for further productive cooperation.

So it came, that Maria Teresa spent 24hours in Berlin and Potsdam in March 2018, and Alex B. was here in July of this year, spending about 26 hours.

Visit`s report of Maria Teresa
She brought with her a presentation-stick about the work of the sisters of her order. There one can see, for example, the boarding school in Chichicastenango /Guatemala, where Maria Teresa now is in the position of an administrative director. It is situated on a height of 2.400 m, the nights are cold, the days are hot. In the boarding school there are living 65 girls; they are very occupied with learning, even from 19-21:00 in the evening.
Scholarship-students, elected by Maria Teresa, can live there for free, they are helping Maria Teresa a bit by looking after younger pupils.








We now, in 2018, are granting 13 bursaries; it is two for auxiliary nurse, 3 for professional nurse, 6 for nursery school teacher and 2 for high school diploma. All that takes place on 3 different locations. Maria Teresa administers the money in a exemplary and reliable way, she is supported by the other sisters of her order in looking after the scholarship students. The bursary program is working out very fine, we practically have no losses, the young women are highly motivated and they work very hard; after having finished the training they all found jobs.

Visit`s report of Alex Bustamante
Since his assumption of office two years ago the CAICC experienced a time of great difficulties and turbulences . Besides RUVD there were no other foreign donators left, salaries could only paid irregularly, food suppliers did not get their money, director Veronica Bustillos carried on from crisis to crisis in a fire-distinguishing mode. When Alex B. tried to implement more structure in the CAICC, Veronica got the feeling of too much strain on her person and therefore she handed in her notice on 1.11.2017. After that she claimed to get 30.000.- USD from the CAICC based on her pension entitlements.

Fortunately this claim could be lowered down to 8.000.- USD and she already got this money. Furthermore the previous governmental and communal payments could be secured for the future, they cover up to 65 % of the CAICC`s budget.
Besides, Alex B. told us about several initiatives, which suppert the CAICC, some in Cochabamba, some in the USA.
Thus there will be a future for this important project, with reduced number of employees and persons who look after the children, whose parents live in prison while they themselves are staying outside (in accordance with a new bolivian law), either with their not-imprisoned mothers or with relatives.
For us it was a great pleasure to get to know Alex Bustamante, we now can share his optimism and we will support the CAICC also in the future.


  1. Bursary program in Lancetillo/Guatemala:
Together with those who are studying in 2017, there are now 23 young women, whom we have suppo20170402rted becoming auxiliar nurses or you may also call them community workers. One of them, Manuela, is financed by RUVD to become a professional nurse. Almost everybody else has found jobs in medical centers or in farmacies which are also part of the general medical care.
Nine young women are supported by us in gaining their high school diploma (in sciences and arts, with emphasis on computer) or in gaining the qualification as a bilingual nursery-school teacher. Three have already passed the final examinations successfully.

2. Elementary school Francisco Coll near the landfill of Guatemala City:
Last year there have been 295 pupils, 148 boys and 147 girls; out of these 238 achieved their class goals, 41 missed them and 16 moved away.

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3. Project of children in príson CAICC in Bolivia:
Here the situation is not good. We are now the only foreign financing organisation, until now it was not possible to find another sponsor despite the great efforts of the director and the new president Alex Bustamante. Also the bus ,which is very important for the project, is regularly broken. The communication between RUVD and the director and/or the president likewise is not satisfying.


Meeting report of Sister Teresa and Irmingard Weise in Barcelona on 15 th september 2015

As we already did two years ago we took the opportunity of Teresa`s visit to her family in Catalonia  to meet for conference and discussion.
Our scholarship program now exists for 5 years.
1. Number of scholars
Until now there have been 16 young  Maya women who started the training as auxiliary nurses, the last 4 of whom will pass their final examination in november  2015. Two have failed completely, that means they have preferred to marry and therefore have cancelled the training.
Of the remaining 10 scholars  there were two who have been best of classes (Lucrezia and Apolinaria); one is working in a

Yessica Albina Hernandez,Kindergarten teacher

Yessica Albina Hernandez, Kindergarten teacher

pharmacy (Vilma), one is still searching for work,  one is trying to gain her high school diploma because she wants to become a graduated nurse(Manuela) and seven are working in local health service centres. They are carrying out vaccination campaigns,  are supervising births as midwives, are stitching up injuries  and are looking after patients, in general. Referring to the training for kindergarten we have two scholars in the firstand two in the second year of education. Referring to the scholarships for high school diploma we have two scholars in the first year.

2. Residence
The scholars for auxiliary nurse are sharing a little 3 room flat  near the nursery school. There they can cook and learn and sleep. All the other scholars alre living in the boarding school of the sisters de la Anunciata in Lancetillo.

3. Fees
The scholarship`s  fees that are estimated and managed by sister Teresa  have proved to be sufficient. They come up to 2.400.- USD for auxiliary nurse,  1.257.- USD  for kindergarten (lasting 3 years) and 916.-USD for  high school diploma (lasting 2 Years).Out of the remaining money of the two women who cancelled the training  we made an emergency account. Here Sister Teresa can give for example extra money for tickets to those who are especially needy.

4. Evaluacion
7 of those women who already have graduated as auxiliary nurses  have filled in a questionnaire  created by sister Teresa and me. The results  of the analysis are as follows :
– averagely the women have 6 siblings, i.e. they come from large families , their parents are poor agricultural workers
– the training arouses a thirst for knowledge in them ( Santa Pastor),they feel more respected in their families because of their knowledge about medical drugs (Francisca Choc), they now can help others financially ,even the own husband ( Alicia), they like  the work with patients  and their confidence  (all of them), the monthly salary of roundabout 300.- Euro  makes them proud and independent (all of them).
5. Outlook
The fact, that more and more young Maya women  are working in a job with very high social reputation  is amazing for the local people. That`s what Teresa tells me. All the young women are climbing up the social ladder, Santos for example has married a teacher, they are now both working in their jobs, they are thus leading a modern marriage. If anybody strives to become a graduated nurse, we also will support this. But we are still missing a correct estimate of the costs.
The financing and sponsoring  can continue on the same scale, they can even widen and enlarge a bit, because they seem to be efficient and effective and seem to have a  social impact. The supported women until now don`t show tendencies to leave their country and emigrate.
Francisca, Bertilia, Teresa, Santa 2013 with certifikates from left to rigt

Francisca, Bertilia, Teresa, Santa 2013 with certificates from left to right

 Scholars for auxiliary nurse: Paulina, Juana, Carmelina, Floridalma in der Uniform der Schule, from left to  right

Scholars for auxiliary nurse: Paulina, Juana, Carmelina, Floridalma in der Uniform der Schule, from left to right

At last

In may 2015, all parliamentary parties of the “Deutsche Bundestag” have agreed  to pay a financial compensation to the surviving soviet POW. It is not quite clear how many ot the POW are sitll alive, there are presumably 4.000 persons, who will get 2.500.- Euro each.


Foto of auxiliary nurses with little suns

Auxiliary nurses Manuela and Vilma with little suns

Following the idea of Mrs. Netzer-Guggenbichler we bought  a dozen of little suns and sent them to Guatemala. These are little yellow objects with centrally located LED lamps, whose energy  is fed by a solar modul i.e. the sun. Fully loaded the lamps shine brightly for 5 hours  or with dimmed light for 10 hours. They are designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson, they are used worldwide, especially in regions where there is no functioning powersystem.

Foto of auxiliary nurses and little sun

Auxiliary nurses Manuela and Vilma with little sun

The director of the school near the city`s main landfill uses her little sun mainly as flashlight to lighten her way during the night or at dawn. For our auxiliary nurses they can help  to  light uprooms, for example during vaccination campaigns in  remote villages.