Feb 3, 2020

2020: A Year of New Opportunities is Here!

Some of our students & babies excited to graduate
Some of our students & babies excited to graduate

First of all, THANK YOU for your donations and on-going support for The Las Claras Program. Your actions have been key in establishing the program and getting settled in our two homes within the communities of Felipillo & Santa Ana.

For the first time ever, in December we were proud to graduate not one but two generations of teenage mothers in the Las Claras Program: our sixth group of students in Felipillo and the first class in the community of Santa Ana.

Currently, we’re about to receive the 8th class for the Felipillo center, after six years of ongoing operation and successes in this community. Furthermore, our groups in the Felipillo and Santa Ana communities have also continued to receive a variety of workshops and classes, on top of the fixed syllabus.

We ended the year with smiles and hugs, preparing for a 2020 full of challenges and goals to accomplish.

As you can see, we´ve come a long way during these past months. The teen mothers at the Las Claras Program have received care, education, and continuous support which allows them to find empowerment previously unknown to them. Furthermore, our own statistics keep showing us the powerful effect of our program within their lives even after graduation: none of our student graduates have gone through a second case of early pregnancy (highly common amongst this vulnerable population), almost all of our graduates have stable, and above minimum wage employment, all of our graduates are empowered to believe in their own potential to achieve goals and dreams. By graduating two classes per year since 2017, and -for the first time- three classes in 2019, we’re working nonstop and giving our 1000% to break with poverty and teen pregnancy cycles amongst vulnerable areas in Panama.

Still, the reality in our country is one that requires further action: only during 2017, there were 9,086 registered cases of teen and child pregnancy, meaning that around 30% of total pregnancies in our country belong to a child or teen mom. A number that doesn’t include cases from Social Security Fund, and private clinics. Furthermore, this number keeps on increasing every year, as every teen mom will most likely have a second child during the next 24 months. Worst of all, 75% of these girls will abandon schools. They will lack a plan for the future, self-esteem and confidence to pursue their dreams, a job to support themselves and their babies, and will add numbers to the cycle of poverty that pervades their environment.

Once more, we THANK YOU for your continuous support in this quest for a better quality of life for teen mothers and their children. PLEASE keep donating and invite others to join us in this quest with their donation!

More action still to come. Stay tuned :)

Our Empowered Graduates!
Our Empowered Graduates!
Proud parents at the graduation
Proud parents at the graduation
Happy smiles of our graduates
Happy smiles of our graduates
Dec 2, 2019

Getting Ready for our 2020 Summer Program!

Dear Donors,

It has been nearly a year since you started supporting our fundraising campaign “SummerProgram: Inspiring & Keeping Girls In School” on GlobalGiving.com.

During these past few months, we’ve been getting ready for 2020 summer program: recruiting girls in the community, preparing our own Las Claras students to involve themselves as leaders, and working out the logistics that are needed for it to be even more successful than our first edition.

Your engagement allows us to dream about the future and for what it could be. Especially that of every girl in Panama that lives in poverty, and who needs support and someone to believe in her so that she starts believing and canceling all the negative stimuli surrounding her 24/7. 

Nevertheless, we’re still ways away from our campaign goal, and will continue to ask for your support and those you know so that we can reach as many girls as possible. Not only to prevent school dropouts, but also to inspire, empower and raise awareness in terms of self-care and self-defense, warning signs leading to violence, early pregnancy, etc.

Through this program we’re giving them a chance to break out of poverty and early pregnancy cycles that are way too common in this area. We’re also giving them the opportunity to ask themselves (probably for the first time) what they want to achieve in their future, and (also probably for the first time) to believe in themselves and in the potential that education, hard work and discipline will give them in order to achieve their goals.

We thank you again for your continuous support, and would appreciate if you could share our campaign and our goals to others around you who might be interested in helping our cause.



Kind Regards,
Sep 6, 2019

8th Group of Teen Mothers at our Las Claras Center

Four Years of Las Claras Program
Four Years of Las Claras Program

First of all, THANK YOU for your donations and on-going support for The Las Claras Program. Your actions have been key in establishing the program and getting settled in our two homes within the communities of Felipillo & Santa Ana.

We’re excited to say that in August the Las Claras Program celebrated four years since it first opened its doors to teen mothers in search of an opportunity to transform their lives. Since then we've graduated FOUR generations (and are about to graduate two more by the end of this year), with more than 130 lives that have been impacted sustainably. All of our graduates hold a steady job with above minimum wage salaries. None of our graduates have had further early pregnancies.  All of our graduates coincide in saying that the key element for their transformation is the 360 degrees education and empowerment that the program provided them. We're proud of these results and will keep on working to increse our impact every year. 

Last month our fifth group at the Las Claras Center initiated with their internship program called "Mi Primer Empleo" (My First Job), an opportunity that every student at our centers receive almost by the end of their time with us. They all write their resumes, receive interviews and get chosen by the companies participating in the initiative. So with a sense of self-accomplishment, and with excitement for the new enviroments and lessons to be learned, our students begin the last portion of the program before their graduation in the upcoming month. 

Good news keep on coming! This week we also welcomed our 8th group at the Las Claras Program. We're excited to see the progress within the following months as they grow accustom to classes and begin their path towards empowerment. 

As you can see, we´ve come a long way during these past months. The teen mothers at the Las Claras Program have received care, education, and continuous support which allows them to find empowerment previously unknown to them. Furthermore, our own statistics keep showing us the powerful effect of our program within their lives even after graduation: none of our student graduates have gone through a second case of early pregnancy (highly common amongst this vulnerable population), almost all of our graduates have stable, and above minimum wage employment, all of our graduates are empowered to believe in their own potential to achieve goals and dreams. By graduating two classes per year since 2017, we’re working nonstop and giving our 1000% to break with poverty and teen pregnancy cycles amongst vulnerable areas in Panama.

Still, the reality in our country is one that requires further action: only during 2017, there were 9,086 registered cases of teen and child pregnancy, meaning that around 30% of total pregnancies in our country belong to a child or teen mom. A number that doesn’t include cases from Social Security Fund, and private clinics. Furthermore, this number keeps on increasing every year, as every teen mom will most likely have a second child during the next 24 months. Worst of all, 75% of these girls will abandon schools. They will lack a plan for the future, self-esteem and confidence to pursue their dreams, a job to support themselves and their babies, and will add numbers to the cycle of poverty that pervades their environment.

Once more, we THANK YOU for your continuous support in this quest for a better quality of life for teen mothers and their children. PLEASE keep donating and invite others to join us in this quest with their donation!

More action still to come. Stay tuned :)

Las Claras Staff
Las Claras Staff
Our Students Find Out Where There Internships Are
Our Students Find Out Where There Internships Are
Two Students as Interns at Panama Canal
Two Students as Interns at Panama Canal
Student as Intern in Copa Airlines
Student as Intern in Copa Airlines
Fifth Generation Students Receive their Uniforms!
Fifth Generation Students Receive their Uniforms!
 
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