Promoting Girls' Education & Equality in Guatemala
By Virginia Terry - Head of Development
Girl Rising and our Program Partners have been working urgently to adapt our program delivery to the new circumstances of the lockdowns caused by the pandemic and to respond to the needs of girls and young women in the community.
- We developed and are now delivering a community radio program to deliver or curriculum teaching life skills, growth mindsets, knowledge of rights, self-advocacy and leadership to hundreds of young people in three regions.
- We have built new partnerships with community organizations to deliver home-learning materials in different local languages
- We have led training workshops for mentors on Girl Rising curriculum, gender issues and M&E
- We have provided monthly stipends for the mentors in partner programs as well as transportation so they can get to the communities where they facilitate sessions
- We continue to work on translation and dubbing of the Girl Rising films into Mayan languages, which will be done in early 2020
Jul 23, 2020
GR Programming Continues During Pandemic
By Catherine Brandli - Girl Rising
MAIA Student project art
Immediately after GIrl Rising's last report, Guatemala went into lockdown on March 16th, restricting movement and travel (including shut down of public transportation) across the country, with restrictions on gatherings, school and market closures and mandatory curfews and use of masks in public. These measures remain with devasting effects throughout Guatemala, but we continue to work to meet the needs of the youth we serve by:
Working with partners on adapting Girl Rising (GR) materials and activities, including storytelling, for different digital and at-home learning contexts.
Providing partners with funding to secure and distribute basic food and supplies for program families as well as support for partner communication costs/needs to stay connected with youth and with GR.
Developing radio programming to deliver GR stories and materials to program participants in three regions. In addition to GR-focused content, we aim to include key information on the COVID-19 pandemic, including its socio-economic implications, as well as mental health and self-care strategies. These broadcasts will also reach a wider audience of girls, boys and community members with GR's powerful gender-equality messaging and resources.
Building alliances with other NGOs in Guatemala through digital platforms and advocacy initiatives; sharing COVID-19-related information and GR educational materials in different languages with these networks.
Finalizing, with radio partner FGER, the dubbing of films in K’iche’ & Kaqchikel.
During these challenging times, it is wonderful to see the commitment of our partners to their communities as well as how quickly and creatively they’ve worked to meet the increasing needs of program youth. As things are in constant flux, we will provide updates as possible of ways we continue to adapt our work.
EPRODEP student project participant
EPRODEP student participant
Mar 12, 2020
Year 2 Programming Begins!
By Catherine Brandli - Chief Development Officer
Teachers & principals viewing GR film content
In 2020, GR is excited to build on the pilot with returning partners MAIA and REDMI Aq’ab’al and broaden the scope, both geographically and demographically, with new partners COINCIDIR, Colegio Miguel Ángel Asturias and EPRODEP. This will bring the project to new communities (Totonicapán, Quetzaltenango, Jalapa and Guatemala City) reaching an estimated 500 youth, ages 8-17, as well as parents, family and community members. This year we’ll also work with teachers and principals in addition to mentors.
Based on evaluation results and partner feedback, we revised the curriculum, including using photos from Guatemala and updating country content. Supplementary materials were enhanced by creating a colored booklet version of the storybook, provided to each participant, and editing a short video featuring girls from the first pilot and storytelling workshop talking about their future aspirations. With the completion of the dubbing of the six short films into K’iche’ and Kaqchikel, we can better connect with parents and community members, potentially using the films for community screenings, discussions and teacher-parent meetings.
All partners began programming with participants during the past few weeks. During MAIA’s first session, one student shared, “We can be the change if we propose to be so, but we have to start with ourselves and then help others.”