In home beauty school underway

Earlier this month three Pa’nibal residents began a beauty and stylist workshop made up of several modules including hair styling, skin care, manicure, pedicure and massage. The workshop is lead by Miriam Leticia Chávez Orozco, the founder of a salon in the department of San Marcos and a professionally trained stylist with more than 15 years of experience.

The class is conducted at Pa’nibal once a week for several hours during the afternoon. Each module takes about four to five weeks to complete and costs the home roughly $300 plus materials — a price Miriam offers as a service to the community.

A Pa'nibal resident and beauty school student gives pedicures to community members to accumulate experience hours.

A Pa’nibal resident and beauty school student gives pedicures to community members to accumulate experience hours.

The beauty and stylist workshop (Cultora de Belleza y Estilista) is one of many initiatives Pa’nibal is undertaking this year to redouble our focus on vocational training and economic empowerment. Others include CONALFA classes (public school equivalency for adults) and a Bisutería y Joyería Taller (bead and textile handcrafted jewelry workshop) that began just last week.

In addition to teaching a marketable skill, the workshops have helped to connect Pa’nibal with the surrounding community. Just a week ago Pa’nibal invited local community members into the home to receive free pedicures from workshop students. Everyone who visited left unsolicited tips with Pa’nibal student technicians — a happy surprise and a real confidence booster.

Thanks to our donor partners for making programs like these possible.

Your support makes what we do possible. 100% of your contribution goes to programs and supplies for Casa Pa’nibal.

New volunteer driven classes

Pa’nibal offers a variety of rotating classes and workshops, mostly conducted by sister organizations or volunteers from the surrounding community. When new residents arrive at Pa’nibal, it can take some time for them to become integrated into a daily schedule. In time, many residents work and attend vocational school outside of the home, as well as pursue personal development goals whether through therapy, pursuing legal justice for their situation, or through other means. New residents, however, often have a lot of time on their hands.

English class

Nicholas, a volunteer, teaches an English class to Pa’nibal residents.

In-house classes and activities help to break up that time, and offer valuable skills and recreation time in the process. Classes like English or reading can considerably contribute to residents’ job skills, while Art or even Breakdancing (our newest addition and featured photo above) help everyone to relax and have fun while learning something new.

Pa’nibal is always interested in hosting volunteers with knowledge to share. Are you an art, dance, yoga or English teacher? Do you have a different skill that you’d like to share with the women at Pa’nibal? If you’re interesting in volunteering, we’d love to talk. Get in touch to learn more.