Oct 11, 2018

Planting Seeds, Farmers Markets & Girls' Education

With your support, MADRE and our partner Wangki Tangni run Harvesting Hope, a collective of Indigenous women farmers growing the food their families need to survive on the remote, North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Your support helps provide the seeds that the women farmers need to plant successful harvests. They prepare the land in fall and plant seeds over the winter. These crops enable women to feed their families when no other food sources are available. Additionally, they sell their surplus harvests at MADRE-supported farmers markets in both early and late spring. With the extra money they earn there, many of the women are able to send their daughters to school and invest in their families' futures. Thank you for making this life-sustaining program possible!

Oct 11, 2018

Leadership and Empowerment Workshops

This fall, our Colombian partner, Taller de Vida, led two trainings with 20 Indigenous and Afro-descendent young girls. The workshops explored opportunities for them to step up as leaders and to empower themselves and gave them a chance to discuss young people’s roles in their community. What’s more, the girls talked about how they would like to see themselves as decision-makers in their communities and in their own lives, and the obstacles -- like early marriage -- that impede them.

After the workshops, young girls reported that they feel more empowered to speak in public. These are critical conversations to have in any community, and especially valuable to help marginalized girls and their communities discuss taboo topics, like early marriage. With your support, Taller de Vida creates a unique space for girls to have their voices heard, raise their questions and dream about their futures.

Sep 13, 2018

Feminist Futures Emerge

Your support reaches remote communities in Nicaragua through the human rights radio program run by our partners Wangki Tangni.

The radio programming shares valuable information, like where women and girls fleeing violence can find shelter and how they can reach our local partners. And because of your support, we have distributed over 200 radios to Indigenous women, so they can tune into our broadcasts.

Feminist futures emerge when we build stronger intergenerational relationships and empower girls to speak up and demand their rights. Oftentimes, young girls facing gender discrimination may not feel comfortable speaking out, even to their own parents. But with small, everyday actions, that can change. Recently, a family was listening to the radio program, and it sparked a discussion about harassment. Their 11-year-old daughter opened up about the harassment she was facing from a boy at school. She asked them for help, and they took her to our local partners, who are helping her to resolve the situation and to feel supported. Thanks to you, girls in rural Nicaragua are learning how to speak up and demand their rights.

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