May 21, 2018

Are You Willing to Do Whatever It Takes?

Catherine, Bocas del Toro
Catherine, Bocas del Toro

Born in Bocas del Toro, 23 years old Catherine, will return to her town in a couple of weeks. Her youth contrasts with the trauma she has already endured in her life. One day a neighbor told her about a program for women, she replied: “maybe, where should I go? It`s opened in Panama City, and she said: “no”. But her friend insisted and offered staying with her sister. What followed was a fascinating adventure that shook up everything she thought she knew. The journey to Panama took her 10 hours, the discovery of the big city and the uncertainty of what might happen were in his head all the way.

Now Catherine is near to complete the seven weeks of CAPTA 47 Training Program and she will be ready to work in the hotel industry as housekeeper. The last week, she told us she dreamed of working for a beautiful resort in Bocas del Toro within the next six months, that’s when I asked her: “Are you willing to do whatever it takes?” and her response was: “Yes, I am willing to do whatever it takes to change my life and to help my family, ¡I am about to do it! ¨

Thanks to your support, many other women, as well as Catherine, will be able to benefit from the CAPTA training.

In the same group, other 23 students completed the fundamental cycle with joy. During the closing class, the students organized a contest, where they chose a queen who represented their values. The entire activity revolved around Recycling and it was developed with the aim of highlighting talents and qualities of the students, promoting teamwork and raising awareness on the preservation of the environment. We invited Experts in the field to give the participants awareness-raising talks on its importance and how to apply it daily.

At Fundación Calicanto we believe that it is not just about technical skills to improve yourself. In our CAPTA training we provide students with real hands-on experience to enter the workforce efficiently through learning, personal growth, experiential workshops and community work.

Two weeks ago, the group was divided into two groups to continue with the vocational training phase where they are prepared in technical tools in the areas of Hotel or Restaurant, to continue with the practice in outstanding establishments in the city.

This has been a very strong-willed group, women with very difficult life stories like Catherine's but who have managed to overcome the obstacles and persevere in their struggle.

Everyone at the foundation is looking forward to May 24, which will be the day of graduation, where we will give women certificates of completion and motivate them to continue a new growth and life changing phase more strengthened to have access to employment opportunities and improve their quality of life and their children’s.

 We want to thank you again for helping women in Panama making a difference in their communities.

Building Healthy Families - Workshop
Building Healthy Families - Workshop
Creating a Life Plan
Creating a Life Plan
Writing down her Personal Finance Plan
Writing down her Personal Finance Plan
Personal Makeup and Image Session
Personal Makeup and Image Session
Learning Assertive Communication
Learning Assertive Communication
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.

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Apr 9, 2018

Join us ... Nothing's gonna stop us now!

Join us!
Join us!

She stood on the room waiting for an interview at Fundacion Calicanto, she was fearful and decided to leave but her sister insisted to stayBenita is 31 years´s old and lives with her six children in a gang zone, by january 2018 she was admitted to participate in the first CAPTA programme of the year, and since then every sigle day by 4:00 a.m. she left her home to be on time for the first classe. Over the first five weeks program, she could discover a new path for self improvement and a new way to raise her children with self steem and hope. Benita got an award for perseverance, her children said, she started to talk about life plans, education, empowerment and  dreams. She also changed her way to treat them.

CAPTA help women break the cycle of poverty and become role models for their children and communities as many of them become the first in their family to be empowered. In march 17 women received a certificate in Hospitaly Industry and Five women completed a vocational program at School Fonda La Sexta, now they are trained to work at the most well known restaurants of Panama.

This week we are working hard for the next CAPTA 48 and any donation we receive in the GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign (9-13 April), will go to train mothers, heads of the family that are carrying the world of their children on their shoulders. Their lives will be changed for the better as a result of your financial gift. With your support, and the support of other caring sponsors, we will all help together to change their future through education.

Keep us posted!

Building Self Steem - Workshop
Building Self Steem - Workshop
Job search workshop
Job search workshop
Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Emotional Intelligence Workshop
HIV prevention workshop
HIV prevention workshop
Boutique Capta - Dress for success
Boutique Capta - Dress for success
Technical Skills and Life Skills Workshops
Technical Skills and Life Skills Workshops
CAPTA46 Your donation make a difference! Thank you
CAPTA46 Your donation make a difference! Thank you

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Mar 27, 2018

Discover with us something extraORDINARY

I stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me
I stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me

At first glance, everything in Santa Ana, our neighborhood, seems to be common, plain and habitual. Nothing special.

Days seem to pass, one after the other, in the old and decrepit mansions, buildings and barracks, consumed in immovable torpor, only broken by the music of the noisy neighbor; or the frenzy of commerce, the street vendors and the rumor of the machines pumping away in the neighborhood.

Dance and art allow us to stop, observe and because of that, make our daily experience, something really extraordinary.

During their summer course our students entered a choregraphic process where they explored the traditional spaces of a common dwelling and translated their ideas and inspiration into movement; the deep meaning of that place we want to return to, where we take refuge and what we call Home.

Enlaces students invited us to enter the privacy of their experiences, and live with them in an honest and frank approach, the beauty of the everyday life.

In the middle of the historic Santa Ana Square, we were surprised with all the poetry that is waiting, in the least expected place, to be discovered by those willing to find it.

Join us, and discover the place we call home.
Join us, and discover the place we call home.
Movement allows us to connect with ourselves
Movement allows us to connect with ourselves
Sometimes, words are not enough
Sometimes, words are not enough

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