Oct 5, 2020

Efforts from our local partners during COVID19

Dear Friends,  

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide training in digital and employability skills to +2,200 youth with disabilities, like Graicielen, in Brazil throughout 2020.  

Graicielen is a 26-year-old Brazilian woman who lives with her mother and brother in Curitiba - Paraná. Graicielen has myoplegia, a condition that affects the nerves and limits her mobilitydue to car crash she was in when she was 11. 

At the POETA Center of our local partner, UNILEHU, she enrolled in the Personal Finances and Administrative Assistant courses. After a month of learning new skills, she landed a large pharmacy job as an administrative assistant. At her new job, on top of managing the pharmacy branch, she has been able to foster long lasting friendships. Thanks to the training in personal finances and her new job, she is now saving up to finish her college degree.   

Another accomplishment is that we were able to secure a USD $1,000 relief fund donation from GlobalGiving, to attend the structural damages of our local partner, UNILEHU, caused by the cyclone that hit in June in Curitiba –PR. 

COVID-19 significantlyimpacted the operations of our POETA Center,as Brazil washeavilyaffected by the pandemic, and were forced to not offer in-person training in March2020 to comply with local regulations. As a result, the POETA Centershave gradually transitioned from an in-person to an online training strategy. WithTheTrust’ssupport, local partners have utilizedonline tools, such asMoodle,Microsoft Teams,Skype,Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp,to offer trainingand mentorship. COVID-19 challenges motivated The Trust and its local partners toincreasetheuse and appropriation of technology by teachers, to further develop life, technical and digital skillsof the vulnerable populations they serve. Our POETA Centerscontinue to embrace the challengeof utilizing technology anddevelopinglife, technical and digital skills to promote opportunitythrough technology. 

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

Thank YOU! 


Jun 10, 2020

Empowered young, migrant and woman, Karen

Dear friends,

Thank you for supporting us throughout 2020. We are glad to share that we have been able to reach 52 Venezuelan migrants through our POETA Centers across the region. In this opportunity, we want to share the story of Karen, a young, hardworking, and resilient Venezuelan immigrant. Due to the hardships in Venezuela, Karen moved with her mom to Cerete, Cordoba Colombia four years ago in the search of new opportunities. 

Karen considers herself a citizen of the world. She is enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to creating opportunities for the future, despite social stereotypes. In light of this, she joined POETA Youth Spark at the Marie Poussepin Social Center in UPB Monteria, to take classes in computer science. At the POETA center, she learned how to program in blocks, computer language programs, robotics, and electronics. Thanks to all of the knowledge acquired during her training at the POETA YouthSpark center and feeling empowered through technology, she decided to apply for a software engineer career at the University of Cartagena. 

Karen wants to inspire young girls to keep an open mind when it comes to technology and incentivizes them to search for opportunities in the STEM field. In the future, Karen sees herself opening her own company or joining a big multinational like Microsoft. Karen wants to keep working hard "so that other girls in the world know that we have the capacity to do whatever we want: digital design, develop software, and create robots"- Karen. 


Jun 5, 2020

Efforts from the POETA Center - Arapiraca

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for your constant support. The Trust for the Americas and our local partners continuously work together to generate a more just and inclusive society. 

Our POETA Centers in Brazil are actively promoting accessibility for young men and women with disabilities. In partnership with various organizations in the city, the POETA Nexus Center- Arapiraca held a series of conferences in the National Week of Struggle for People with Disabilities (2019). The conferences addressed issues such as accessibility, health, human rights, and social inclusion policies.

 Around 320 people attended the events ranging from diverse social organizations that serve people with disabilities, to academia and the general public. Two of the most distinctive conferences held were “The power to listen: if we are so different, how can we understand each other? What is the true meaning of the words and everything that is not said?”, “Emotional Metaintelligence” and “Top Communication”.

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