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Provide Life Skills for 4000 Rural Mayan Girls



"Abriendo Oportunidades" (Creating Opportunities) supports Guatemala's most disadvantaged population: rural, indigenous girls ages 8-17. The program provides them with a safe space to meet and learn valuable life skills.__"Abriendo Oportunidades" apoya al grupo mas vulnerable de Guatemala: ninas rurales y indigenas entre las edades de 8 a17. El programa les proporciona un espacio seguro para reunirse y obtener valiosas habilidades para la vida.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Early marriages, childbearing and dropping out of school are the norm for indigenous girls in Guatemala. Nearly 40% of indigenous women marry before age 18 and more than 67% live in rural areas often without access to social services.__ El matrimonio precoz, la maternidad y la desercion escolar son la norma para las ninas indigenas en Guatemala. Casi el 40% de las mujeres indigenas se casan antes de los 18 anos y mas del 67% viven en zonas rurales, a menudo sin acceso a servicios sociales.

How will this project solve this problem?

Participation in the program builds girls' self-esteem, offers them support from peers, and informs about sexual/reproductive health. This supports girls make more informed, responsible choices and teaches them to advocate for their rights__La participacion en el programa refuerza la autoestima de las ninas, les ofrece apoyo de sus companeras, y les informa de la salud sexual/reproductiva. Esto permite a las ninas tomar decisiones informadas y responsables, y les ensena a defender sus derechos.

Potential Long Term Impact

The program helps girls create a "life plan" in which they indicate a desire to achieve higher levels of schooling, have more independence, delay childbirth, decide the size of family they desire, and become role-models for younger girls.__ El programa ayuda a las ninas a crear un "plan de vida" en el que reflejan el deseo de lograr mayores niveles de escolaridad, ser mas independendientes, retrasar el primer embarazo, decidir el numero de hijos, y convertirse en modelos para ninas mas jovenes.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $16,341
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $33,659
Total Funding Goal: $50,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Population Council

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Project Leader

Alejandra Colom Bickford

Guatemala City, Guatemala

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