MAKAIA

Makaia is a non-profit organization that promotes the institutional strengthening of civil society organizations, local authorities, other non-profit organizations and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives committed with the social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The institutional strengthening of these organizations requires to build and improve their capacities to provide better services, to be more effective mobilizing resources, to monitor and evaluate projects and to have up to date and relevant information according to the national and international context. Makaia means "to build" or "make" in Miskito (Indigenous Language from Hon...
Nov 26, 2014

Tears of joy and many smiles at our latest digital education training's graduation!

We have great news!

 

Our digital education and entrepreneurship training project, completed with the support of our allies APWINC, EAFIT Social EAFIT, finish on a high note as more than a 170 women from the most vulnerable areas of Medellin, completed their courses and attended their graduation.

 

The program gave the chance to many young women; some of them with disabilities to discover what technology can do for their growth and development. The courses empowered women participating in the project to turn their business ideas into businesses, helping them become more independent and improving their self-esteem.

 

Thanks to your generosity, the participating group of young women with disabilities was able to acquire technical knowledge about creating and managing their own business using technology. They also learned basic principles in economics, marketing tools and the use of social networks to improve their business ideas.

 

This training was also important for the communities of the participating women, since the contents they learned can be replicated, creating an entrepreneurial and successful environment for their livelihoods to improve.

 

Graduation was a very emotional for many of these women and their families, for some of them it was the first time they receive a diploma. They dressed up and receive the diploma from their trainers, took pictures to remember this memorable moment in their life, changing their destiny, opening their doors to new opportunities.

 

It was a very special event tears of joy were all over the place, and for us, our team or trainers and everyone involve is a source of inspiration to continue creating opportunities for people that need our help the most. Thanks to your generous donations, we can keep on working with young people with disabilities that need it the most.

Oct 8, 2014

Preparing for the Future!

It is no secret that Colombia has a troubled past, almost 50 years of conflict has left many wounds we are only beginning to heal as a nation. But the silver-lining of this terrible past comes in the form of the unrelenting faith and optimism of the Colombian people.As we embark in the journey of peace talks and the construction of a post-conflict community, our organizations its thinking about ways we can contribute to this new chapter in our country while working for the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

Motivated by this and with the help of two wonderful organizations, the Matamoros Foundation –an NGO dedicated to generate new life opportunities through education, physical-emotional rehabilitation and social and labor integration programs for members of the Armed Forces and Police officers wounded in combat and their families, as well as widows and orphans of members of the Armed Forces killed in line of duty; and the Trust for the Americas – an NGO, strategic ally of the Organization of American States (OAS) that works channel human and technological resources to give greater economic opportunities to vulnerable populations-, we are doing a training session designed for trainers to learn how to use and teach the INTEL Easy step and INTEL Aprender methodologies, this next 20th to 25th of October.

These methodologies allow participants to use ICT tools to strengthen their digital literacy, critical thinking and collaboration skills (INTEL Aprender), and better their quality of life, both socially and economically (INTEL Easy step). The trainers will also learn how to guide beneficiaries in how to identify skills and abilities they can use in the job market or to create their own business.

Trainers from the Matamoros Foundation, supported by the Trust for the Americas, will in turn use these methodologies to teach groups of military veterans and police officers wounded in the line of duty, how to use ICT tools to build a life project and recognize and strengthen their skills to reintegrate to the labor force.

Veterans in Colombia are in need of new opportunities that will allow them to start new careers or businesses now they are no longer serving, and this training will give them the tools to find that new place in their community. Thanks to your generosity and the help of our allies we are able to train these trainers and contribute to the rebuilding of a peaceful society and support our wounded military and police officers so they can create a new life for them and their families.

Sep 11, 2014

It's all about communications!

The audience at our communications showcase!
The audience at our communications showcase!

Oftentimes social organizations, especially small ones with limited human resources, have their hands full working for their beneficiaries and don’t have the time or the right tools to communicate the wonderful work they are doing. Usually they have a lot of difficulty keeping their donors informed and attracting new supporters and allies, due to the lack of knowledge of communications tools and strategies.

At MAKAIA we are constantly trying to strengthen social organizations from within, in order for them to better serve their communities by doing more efficient work. This includes helping them with the communication and visibilization of their projects and more importantly the impact they have in their beneficiaries’ lives.   

Through your generosity and the support of local allies, we organized two activities to strengthen the communications skills in social organizations in Colombia: a showcase of best practices to foster the use of effective communication tools such as social networks, newsletters and websites, and a training session dedicately solely to strategies and tools to create and send effective electronic newsletters.

The showcase took place the 22th of August. We opened our doors to more than 20 local organizations to present our communications and visibilization strategies, going over the tools we use and what we take into account when we communicate the impact of our organization. We also conducted an individual diagnosis with each organization in attendance, to help them find their communications strengths and weaknesses, we analyzed what content to post, how frequently and best practices to maximize efforts in social media, websites and newsletters.

On the other hand, the  training session was conducted in Bogotá on the 28th of August. With the help of a local ally, 12 organizations attended the workshop and learned about best practices when creating and sending an electronic newsletter. We focused in giving the organizations practical skills and tools that they could use right away to improve their communications. We reviewed the basis for a great newsletter: what content to share, tips for choosing the best images, frequency of the publication, and how to use statistics to optimize the messages sent to donors and allies to maximize fundraising and visibility opportunities. 

During both events organizations where very excited to have these spaces available to learn how to improve their communications tool and efforts.

Sebastian a communications intern from Educación Sin Fronteras, an organization that works on educations and peace projects, that attended our showcase, said “This is a great opportunity to learn about best and most innovative practices in the sector, and we don’t have spaces like this very often. It has made me want to propose a redesign of the website of our organization, after this it is clear, we must focus on the impact we have on the community, show more images and update the site more frequently.”

Thanks to your generosity many organizations had the oportunity to learn and improve the way they talk about about their work and projects and how they share their impact with donors and allies fosterin true growth. Donate to our project  and share it with your friends and family, so many other organizations can access these development opportunities and work more effectively.

Our communications showcase!
Our communications showcase!
Training session on electronic newsletters
Training session on electronic newsletters
Proud group holding up their diplomas!
Proud group holding up their diplomas!

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