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Jun 2, 2015

Progress in Peten

mentors learn together in Peten
mentors learn together in Peten

For the past year, the Population Council in Guatemala has worked in partnership with the alliance of municipalities of southern Peten to implement Abriendo Oportunidades in San Luis, Dolores, and Poptun.  Last week, mentors from 99 communities worked with Council staff to prepare the second quarter of the curriculum. 

Peten has presented new challenges to Abriendo Oportunidades, including the high rates of sexual violence reported by girls and adolescents.  We are currently working with local partners to identify solutions and determine the best paths to ensure that girls and women have access to justice.  

These past months have also been exciting for our partners from the Learning Circle.  Organizations in Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Solola, Quiche, Jalapa, and Chimaltenango are moving forward with their plans, leading groups, and ensuring that more girls have access to safe spaces and the Abriendo model. 

We are also pleased to share with you that our friends from Sheva (http://www.sheva.com/) are helping us share the good news about Abriendo Oportunidades and the impact it has on girls and adolescents in Guatemala.  Thank you Sheva!

Peten mentors and monitors
Peten mentors and monitors
Distributing materials for 99 groups
Distributing materials for 99 groups
Feb 27, 2015

100 new communities

Chisec mentors and senior staff
Chisec mentors and senior staff

Abriendo Oportunidades' scale-up strategy has taken the team and a set of new mentors and monitors to Peten, in northern Guatemala.  As of January 2015, 100 new communities were mapped and all girls ages 8-18 included in our Girl Roster.  A new class of mentors met for a week to begin learning the basic elements of the curriculum. The majority of this group is Maya Q'eqchi' and will work in communities of three municipalities: Dolores, San Luis and Poptun. Some communities are located along the border with Belize, others nearby protected areas.  Our partners in Peten include government and non-governmental organizations that will collaborate in different aspects of the program, from expanding the curriculum to add a stronger environmental component, to helping us with complex logistics such as mapping distant communities.  We are grateful for the support so far and thankful for what is to come! 

Between Peten, Chisec, Solola, and Belize, in 2015 Abriendo will operate in 175 communities! 

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

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