Feb 9, 2021

Supporting Youth during the Pandemic

Dear friends, 

 

Thanks to your solidarity and constant support, we have not only managed to benefit thousands of vulnerable people but, in 2021, we have managed to grow and extend our impact.

This year we will continue to work mostly in a remote format, imparting training through virtual platforms and continuing to investing our efforts to reach more people. Success stories like that of Meiriane reaffirm our belief that the work we do with our local partners is worth the effort. This work would also not be possible without your continued efforts and support.

Meiriane is a Brazilian woman who has been unemployed for a long time due to the pandemic. At a low point in her life, she was unmotivated. With few expectations, a friend took her to see one of our POETA centers. There, she found a space that prompted her, her son, and her husband to take computer courses. That small impulse led her to the entrepreneurship area as she told us: "thanks to the team, today I am motivated to continue with my studies, and in the future, look for opportunities in the market since now I have more freedom to think about my career." These words, the feeling of self-improvement, drive us to grow and always desire more.

Additional achievements of note were the events we held in the last quarter of 2020, which, without your support, would not have been possible. To tell you about some of these initiatives, through our local partner UNILEHU, we held the National Diversity Week, where we imparted a cycle of talks about the topic and organized a job fair with companies and economic opportunities available. Likewise, we gave a series of other conferences on different issues: maintaining inclusion in the network, meaningful encounters with companies, professionals, and other interested audiences. With OSJC, we managed to carry out various webinars, some related to technology and others about artificial intelligence. All these efforts have impacted thousands of people, giving many a second chance to grow and move forward in life.

As we know, 2020 was a year full of obstacles, challenges, and many difficult decisions to make, but without a doubt, it was also a year full of lessons. We had to rethink our strategies and move forward to meet the virtual demand. Moreover, we realized that these difficult times help us to grow, reinforce our mission, and to value the impact that we are generating in the region through our local allies and, above all, you. This 2021, we will continue to grow and expand in Brazil. Still, we will continue to leave a mark on vulnerable communities, as we went from having three, to having five, local partners in Brazil.

Thank YOU

 

Feb 8, 2021

Supporting Venezuelans during the pandemic

Dear Friends,

First of all, we want to thank you for your constant support throughout all these years. The Trust for the Americas is continuously working to promote social and economic inclusion for vulnerable communities in the Americas together with our local partners.

As you might know, Venezuela is going through a convoluted political and economic crisis that has resulted in an unsustainable situation for many. For those who have left to seek more optimal opportunities, we have been able to extend our hand and help them with our projects, which would not be possible without you. Thanks to your support, we've been able to provide training in digital and employability skills to +225 Venezuelan refugees through the POETA Social Franchise in the first half of 2020. Lorena is an example of our work and commitment.

Lorena is a 22-year-old Venezuelan woman that arrived last year in Buenos Aires and began working as a waitress in a bar, but shortly after, she was fired due to the pandemic. Lorena started looking for opportunities when a friend introduced her to the App Development curse of POETA DigiSpark. She used the training to enhance her entrepreneurship by creating an app from scratch. All the tools gave her a lot of self-criticism and self-learning abilities. Lorena developed that feeling of self-improvement and registered for the CV development course, which helped her to find a job in the call center of Banco Santander. She told us: "There is a clear before and after. In the future, I would like to be the director of a startup that develops applications that are accessible to all and that have social purposes". Lorena's mission is clear, to create to help, and this attitude gives more meaning to our projects and drives us to grow and always desire more.

Another achievement is that we were able to secure +$ 1,500 through the World Refugee Week campaign. We carried out a strong crowdfunding campaign through email, social media, and live interviews on Facebook with Venezuelan refugee graduates from our projects.

COVID-19 significantly impacted our POETA centers' operations, which were forced to gradually transition from an in-person to an online training strategy. All the changes, the new platforms, and the new way of coping with reality motivated The Trust and its local partners to increase the use and appropriation of technology by teachers to further develop life, technical and digital skills of the vulnerable populations they serve. Lorena is an example that no matter the circumstances and no matter the difficulties, there is always room to help others and that with compromise, we can achieve big things.

While we look forward to the time when our local partners can safely open their POETA Centers, we continue to invest our efforts in improving the project model, developing a robust online training and mentorship program as a strategy that promises to reach an ever-increasing number of participants and give more Venezuelans in the region a second chance to shine. We are happy to keep counting on your support and continue impacting lives together.

Thank YOU!

Oct 8, 2020

Empowering Venezuelan migrants

Dear Friends,  

Thank you for your support during all these years. The Trust for the Americas is continuously working to promote social and economic inclusion for vulnerable communities in the Americas together with our local partners. 

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide training in digital and employability skills to +225 Venezuelan refugees through the POETA Social Franchise in the first half of 2020. 

We have also managed to train +100 Venezuelan refugees in digital skills and entrepreneurship through POETA with the support of our local partner Microempresas de Colombia, in Medellín, and its alliance with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) 

Another achievement is that we were able to secure +1,500 through the World Refugee Week campaign. We carried out a strong crowdfunding campaign through email, social media, and live interviews on Facebook with Venezuelan refugees graduates from our projects.  

COVID-19 significantly impacted the operations of our POETA centers, which were forced to gradually transition from an in-person to an online training strategy. Despite the challengesthis was an opportunity to promote opportunities through technology by developing life, technical and digital skills. With The Trust’s support, local partners have utilized online tools, such as Moodle, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp, to offer training and mentorship. COVID-19 challenges motivated The Trust and its local partners to increase the use and appropriation of technology by teachers, to further develop life, technical and digital skills of the vulnerable populations they serve.  

While we look forward to the time when our local partners can safely open their POETA Centers, we continue to invest our efforts in improving the project modeldeveloping a robust online training and mentorship program as a strategy that promises to reach an ever-increasing number of participants.   

Thank YOU! 

 
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