For 61 years, the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul have been at the service of the population of Carapeguá, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, including children, young people and the elderly.
They opened their first school in March 1962, the "Virgen Poderosa" school, which now has 500 pupils from kindergarten to secondary school, mainly young people from families with limited economic resources.
The inhabitants of the Carapeguá region live mainly from livestock and agriculture, but in recent years the intensive use of pesticides has worsened the fertility of the soil and threatened the health of the inhabitants.
This results in low agricultural production in some rural areas, which leads to unavoidable expenses as families can no longer provide for their own food needs.
While women excel in the production of textiles (such as blankets, tablecloths, bedspreads, ponchos, etc.), the rise in the price of raw materials has led to the closure of many artisanal structures, fuelling a growing migration flow to the capital or to neighbouring countries. Many families live apart, with children often left in the care of grandparents or a single parent.
The "Virgen Poderosa" school is located in a peripheral area of the city of Carapeguá, a new neighbourhood where 400 families of modest origin live.
With the arrival of the pandemic, teachers realised how much access to digital technology could facilitate learning in the students' school careers.
The aim would be to have a multimedia room equipped with laptops, a monitor, a projector and speakers, allowing students to finally have access to these technologies.
«Neither the parents nor the institution have sufficient resources to finance the acquisition of this computer equipment, which is why we are appealing to the Rosalie Projects to carry out this project.»
Sr Juana María Araujo Miranda
This project will
1. Integrate digital tools into the students' learning process
2. Provide students with a space dedicated to new technologies
3. To allow teachers to diversify the way they approach their courses
The 500 students of the school will have access to this multimedia room, during their classes or in their free time.
To ensure a personal investment from everyone, the students are committed to contributing to the maintenance of the equipment.
The 24 teachers at the institution are also eager to integrate these new digital and pedagogical tools into their teaching.
« We will always seek to make the school self-sufficient one day, the important thing for us is to constantly train our young people who will be able to face the future on their own with weapons that will help them move forward. »
Sœur Juana María
With them, thanks to you
I am Juana María Araujo Miranda, Daughter of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul for 35 years. In the first years of my consecrated life I worked in a missionary centre, then I trained as a teacher and since 1994 I have been in the service of education, teaching in the classrooms and then as director of the Escuela Virgen Poderosa de Carapeguá, which is about 84 km from Asunción, the capital of Paraguay.
In this mission, I promote the formation of children and young people in their different dimensions in order to offer them better opportunities. Thanks to the different projects and the help of many generous people, the construction of classrooms for the students has been completed. Also, with the help of Rosalie Projects, it was possible to acquire computers so that students with limited resources could access the internet free of charge to carry out their research activities.
In the school and college, I work as a team for convivences, camps and retreats for students and teachers. Solidarity with the most vulnerable is encouraged among students and parents.
I am also an advisor to the Vincentian Marian Youth in Paraguay and I also organise the novena celebrations for the feast of our patron saint.