Maria Alicia Choc
Ali is the Preschool Teacher at the Childrens’ Village. She teaches 3 to 6 year olds and has a young son of her own. She came to Project Somos after working with preschoolers in Camino Seguro and lives Santo Domingo Xenacoj.
“I love my work and ‘my’ children at Project Somos,” she says. “I can speak my first language here, Kaqchikel, and wear my traditional dress. The atmosphere is great: you can feel the peace and tranquility, breathe the pure air, and show the children how we can coexist with nature, including cultivating our own food.”
Trained as an accountant and auditor, Claudia began working with Project Somos as a volunteer translator and bookkeeper in 2011 and now manages our Guatemalan accounting, liaising with Canada. She also coordinates logistics for volunteers coming to Project Somos.
Claudia is the mother of two little daughters.
Marelyne is Project Somos’ therapist. She grew up in a home full of love with discipline and moral values throughout her life. She is a graduate of the early education program and loves interaction with children.
Marelyne worked as a preschool teacher while completing her degree in psychology and learning disabilities. She has worked in different institutions helping children with eating disorders, developmental disabilities, hearing and children with autism. She has also helped children and adolescents with emotional problems and before joining Project Somos, she worked as a school counselor at a private school in Tecpan.
Marelyne’s therapy focus with Project Somos is to guide the project mothers to give love and non-corporal discipline to their children while teaching them to overcome conflicts of family and cultural violence in their lives and help children in their family integration, school and social areas.
Marelyne likes walking, reading, watching movies with her family, reading to her daughter and listening to music.
The Project Somos workers are incredible. They are a dedicated team that has built 12 buildings in the past seven years. They currently are working on completing the fourth house and a bathroom building for our Learning Campus. All of the team lives in the local community or the nearby town of Tecpán and most have families that they support. They are hard working, resilient, open to new ideas and construction techniques. They have become experts in sustainable building in Guatemala and take great pride in their work. Project Somos is lucky to have them working with us.