Thanks to your generous support, ever more single mothers are able to attend training workshops developed by ISMU (Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty) that teach them valuable skills. ISMU empowers women to support their families and to transform their communities.
Fifteen women recently participated in advanced-level training in leadership development, which means that they’ve learned in-depth strategies for how to pass on skills they learned in earlier workshops. Women who have already been trained to use recycled waste to build beautiful handicrafts are now learning how to pass on their knowledge to other single moms in Guatemala City and beyond.
What this means is that not only is ISMU training single mothers to become independent earners and provide for their families, but these women are leveraging their income-generation to become community leaders and to help respond to massive challenges faced by women in communities around Guatemala.
In Guatemala, communities are challenged by floods and landslides triggered by recent earthquakes and exacerbated by climate change. In response to these recent disasters, community leaders - including many women who have received handicraft and leadership training from ISMU – are working on developing disaster risk reduction programs that will train coordinators to educate, inform and empower community members to respond to disasters. Notebooks, emergency kits, materials and workshops are being developed in support of these urgent programs.
Your generous support will help these irrepressible women to continue to build strong families and communities through handicrafts, leadership development, and disaster risk reduction training.
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