Aug 15, 2018

We Officially Opened a Second Las Claras Center!

First group of Students at Las Claras Santa Ana
First group of Students at Las Claras Santa Ana

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 home in Felipillo.

Now, we are also proud to communicate that thanks to your support a second Las Claras Center has started to operate in the Santa Ana Community, as part of a bigger effort (in alliance with other organizations, community leaders, and private sector businesses) to revitalize its impoverished population while promoting socio-economic progress through empowerment and education.

Las Claras started with the belief in the power of education and the effect that it would have on empowering teen moms. Its first center was established in 2014 with the dream of graduating and empowering teen mothers in the community of Felipillo. Eventually, especially when looking directly at the program’s impressive results, this dream grew to one in which we could expand and replicate it in other similar areas of the country in order to allow more teen girls to break with the poverty cycles surrounding them.

Santa Ana has now welcomed us and our first group of teen mothers is currently taking their first steps to a better future. They have seen, through our program graduates, faculty, and staff, that the road ahead is not an easy one: commitment, hard work, and perseverance are a must for our students. But they also know about the results that are ahead: none of our student graduates have gone through a second case of early pregnancy (highly common amongst this vulnerable population), 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. We are excited for what the future months will bring.

Meanwhile, in Felipillo our third group of teen mothers is getting ready to graduate. We are incredibly proud of everything they have accomplished so far, and are sure that the coming months will bring further advances and opportunities for them. 

In july, they started their professional internships through our initiative called Mi Primer Empleo (“My First Job”) as an alliance with different private companies. Through this program, our teen mothers now have the opportunity to do a professional internship with distinguished companies. Their efforts have paid off, and they have demonstrated their capacity to work for these following enterprises: Banistmo, Electrónica Médica, Farmacias Arrocha, Ernst & Young, Bolsa de Valores, Somos Seguro, Grupo Motta, IGRA, and Tecnasa.

We also received two visits by students and faculty from the University of Tulsa, who came all the way from the U.S. as part of the international exchange program for freshman university students. For three days they accompany us to learn about the Felipillo community and gain insight into effective methods of social action.

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. Still, the reality in our country is one that requires further action: only during 2015, there were 10,975 registered cases of teen and child pregnancy. And this number keeps on increasing, 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 :)

Santa Ana Students in class
Santa Ana Students in class
University of Tulsa students at Felipillo
University of Tulsa students at Felipillo
Third group of students at their internship!
Third group of students at their internship!
May 17, 2018

We welcome our fifth group of Las Claras students!

Our Las Claras students alongside TCU visitors
Our Las Claras students alongside TCU visitors

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 home in Felipillo.

 At the start of march we welcomed our fifth group of teen mothers at the Las Claras Program! During the following 18 months they will receive classes, workshops, comprehensive health and therapy services so that they can graduate and obtain a better future.

In april we received a special visit from students and faculty of Texas Christian University (TCU). As part of their international exchange program, they visited the Las Claras Center for a period of 3 days in order to participate in community activities, learn about the realities lived by its members, and take part of different workshops and classes focusing on social impact.

Our third group has had busy months! In april they started to practice for their upcoming internship interviews.Currently, our groups 3-5 <span "="" style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal;orphans: 2;widows: 2;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial;text-decoration-color: initial;word-spacing: 0px">have also continued to receive a variety of workshops and classes, on top of the fixed syllabus. Furthermore, monthly parent/caretaker reunions are still going in order to maintain family peace, and to motivate their support towards their daughters so they can finish their studies.

Last but note least, as a special donation, the center now has internet for its computer class, allowing students to access a better education.

As you can see, we´ve come a long way during these past months. Las Claras started with the belief that a profound social transformation could only be achieved through the power of education. Now, we have successfully graduated two groups of teen mothers who have received a double degree in Bachelor of Commerce, with a specialization in Accounting from the Gastón Faraudo School, and a Technical Program degree from INADEH. We have graduated bilingual professionals that have been successfully inserted in the labor market, with a large percentage of them pursuing university studies and scholarships for international exchanges. 100% of our graduates have improved their social skills, communication, self-confidence and personal habits. All of our students believe that the only way to transform their lives, reduce teenage pregnancy and get out of poverty is through education.

  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. Still, the reality in our country is one that requires further action: only during 2016, there were 11,298 registered (not registered are cases in the private and social security sectors) cases of teen and child pregnancy. And this number keeps on increasing, 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 :)

Feb 16, 2018

Our Second Group of Teen Mothers Has Graduated!

Graduating Class of 2017!
Graduating Class of 2017!

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 home in Felipillo.

 At the end of december we were proud to graduate our second group of teenage mothers who, after 18 months, successfully got to the finish line of our program. With the presence of our benefactors, donors, and helping friends, the graduation was full of emotional moments, scholarships for the best students, and even a special invitation from an American university so that one of our students could do an exchange trip to their facilities.

 2018 started soon after, and with it came many new activities and initiatives. As you might remember, in October of last year we received a special visit from Anna Karine Asselin, current ambassador of Canada in our country. Together we signed an alliance to implement a new in-house project with the intention of having our students as empowered as leaders in their communities, by returning what they´ve learned and teaching other girls in the Felipillo area. Now this program is a reality: the “Veranito Las Claras” started at the end of January and has been developed by our third generation of students alongside the Canada Embassy. In twelve sessions, they will lead, motivate, and develop small projects, while at the same time enhancing their own experience and abilities as agents of change. The initiative also has the support and participation of the Felipillo Community, with leaders from the area offering a helping hand to our girls.

 Currently, our groups 3-4 have also continued to receive a variety of workshops and classes, on top of the fixed syllabus. Last but not least, we have also continued with monthly parent/caretaker reunions in order to maintain family peace, and to motivate their support towards their daughters so they can finish their studies.

 As you can see, we´ve come a long way during these past months. Las Claras started with the belief that a profound social transformation could only be achieved through the power of education. Now, we have successfully graduated two groups of teen mothers who have received a double degree in Bachelor of Commerce, with a specialization in Accounting from the Gastón Faraudo School, and a Technical Program degree from INADEH. We have graduated bilingual professionals that have been successfully inserted in the labor market, with a large percentage of them pursuing university studies and scholarships for international exchanges. 100% of our graduates have improved their social skills, communication, self-confidence and personal habits. All of our students believe that the only way to transform their lives, reduce teenage pregnancy and get out of poverty is through education.

 

 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. Still, the reality in our country is one that requires further action: only during 2016, there were 11,298 registered (not registered are cases in the private and social security sectors) cases of teen and child pregnancy. And this number keeps on increasing, 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 Second Group Celebrating their Graduation
Our Second Group Celebrating their Graduation
Yarelis on her way to NYC as an exchange student
Yarelis on her way to NYC as an exchange student
Veranito Las Claras, with our students as leaders
Veranito Las Claras, with our students as leaders
 
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