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Nov 28, 2014

Celebrating 10 years of Abriendo Oportunidades

celebrating 10 years
celebrating 10 years

This year's Thanksgiving will be especially important to Abriendo Oportunidades. We are celebrating 10 years of the program, 10,000 girls, over 150 mentors trained, sessions in 8 different languages and, as of, 2014, expanding through partners across Mesoamerica.  It remains a program built on committment and love from our small local staff, volunteers, and friends who are convinced that investing in adolescent girls is key to Guatemala's development.

Our celebration this Nov 27 will have as guests of honor many of the members of the first generation of Abriendo. We will celebrate their achievements. Some of our first participants graduated college this year, others are leading programs such as providing legal services to indigenous women and increasing participation of women in economic activities. Some have become school teachers or opened their own businesses. We are grateful for all they have taught us in terms of the challenges faced by indigenous girls, their dreams and aspirations, and the brave paths they have chosen to achieve their goals.

We are thankful for you, our globalgiving friends, who support our mentors and girls in distant communities in Guatemala.

Chisec participants
Chisec participants
Claudia, mentor coordinator in Chisec
Claudia, mentor coordinator in Chisec
Sep 5, 2014

How do we train Abriendo mentors?

Tag rugby
Tag rugby

The Population Council's team in Guatemala is often asked "how do you train your mentors?"  The Guatemala program is part of a long tradition of evidence-based programming that adapts content and methodology to each country's needs.  Last week, mentors from Alta Verapaz and Izabal spent a week in Guatemala City learning curriculum content, practicing sessions, and participating in lectures, museum visits and activities that will strengthen their understanding of Guatemala, rural communities, and adolescent girls' rights.  They also participated in their first tag rugby workshop, lead by the Guatemala Rugby Club.  We hope to raise enough funds to provide each of our 50 new communities with a tag rugby kit.  

Training workshops take place every quarter. The structure of the workshops allows mentors to learn new life skills, prepare sessions, and discuss sensitive topics such as gender-based violence, poverty, and barriers to higher education. Workshops also offer an opportunity to spend time in a safe, friendly enviornment where they strengthen their friendships and meet like-minded young women.

Jun 23, 2014

Expanding to Northern Guatemala

mentors in Chisec are ready for scale up!
mentors in Chisec are ready for scale up!

Abriendo Oportunidades has secured funding to expand to one hundred communities in Chisec, Alta Verapaz.  Fundrasing for scale-up was a challenge but we are finally able to begin training activities for twenty mentors in the area.  Donations received through Global Giving will contribute to training and materials for mentors and group leaders. 

We are also very excited about coaching other organizations to start or improve their girl-centered programs. Ten organizations will work with Guatemala's Population Council team to conduct needs assessments, identify key populations, program content and monitoring and evaluation strategies.  Scaling up through partners is a wonderful way to bring Abriendo to adolescent girls in areas far from our traditional geographic region.

Thank you for your continuing support. We want to express special thanks to the Colom family and friends for donations given in memory of Gustavo Colom and to Francisco Colom for choosing Abriendo Oportunidades as a program worth investing in.

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