Thauane , POETA participant
The Trust for the Americas (http://trustfortheamericas.org) celebrates the results achieved in 2015, in Brazil in particular and accross Latin America.
Since 2005, POETA (Partnership for Economic Opportunities through Technology in the Americas) has positively impacted the lives of many youth in the western hemisphere. This year 2015 in numbers represents 36.833 indirect beneficiaries, 5.780 direct beneficiaries, and 1.057 economic opportunities. At the same time, it shares a renovated view, a theory of change: If POETA implements high-value capacity building services, technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation tools, and provides advising on accessibility, economic opportunities, sustainability, and innovation, a network of key actors will be strengthened and use this knowledge to create social and economic inclusion.
For Brazil, this 2015 can be summarized in 2.286 indirect beneficiaries, 555 direct beneficiaries, and 107 economic opportunities. Greicielen and Thauane are two young females who participated with our local partner AVAPE, challenged stereotypes and, despite disabilities, were able to secure a job. POETA is proud to communicate the following success stories.
Greicielen, 26, suffers from myoplegia (periodic paralysis) after a car accident 11 years ago. Greicielen says that despite the limitations that a wheelchair can represent, her eagerness to learn and desire to live a productive life are stronger. She was particularly interested in POETA because it offers computer science courses and provides tools that are useful to enter the labor market, such as courses on personal finance and administrative processes. Today, Greicilen has a full-time job and plans to return to college soon!
Thauane, 19, is the protagonist of our second success story. Thauane has been through difficult situations, from domestic violence to troubles in school due to a learning disability. She says that POETA changed her life, “it is a different experience and has helped me to adjust my new lifestyle.” Focused, determined, and optimistic, Thauane hopes to continue her education to become a journalist.
Both stories communicate our efforts in this year 2015. Greicielen and Thauane ensure that POETA has not only impacted her immediate employment status and provided them with tools to improve their skills but also positively impacted their personal lives.
POETA Social Franchise will continue to work for social and economic inclusion in the Americas in 2016, reaching more rights for more people.
Greicielen, POETA participant