Aug 13, 2019

Welcome to CAPTA 51

Meet this year's CAPTA women
Meet this year's CAPTA women

After months of planning and redesigning, CAPTA 51 has finally started.

This time, 20 extraordinary women answered the call of this journey to help them discover and empower themselves for the next 9 weeks. Women of all ages, from 18 to 53, and from all over the city have been coming to our little classroom every day, from 9 am to 4 pm, to learn everything they possibly can from our teachers and volunteers.

Being in that room feels like a boost of energy, the will to improve and the disposition these girls have is contagious. Their struggles however, are very real, but whenever they decide to share them, their classmates are there to give them support and motivation. They relate to each other, in a way families do, and even if it’s only been a couple weeks, you can feel the friendships forming and the girls coming out of their shells.

Already, we can see some results. Girls that are usually quiet and timid are starting to voice their opinions and participate in class. New stories are emerging, of fairer family dynamics, of new ways of raising their kids, of dreams yet to be accomplished. Already, they are starting to perceive themselves in a different way : strong, capable, worthy. They’re realizing what is good for them and what is not, learning to speak up and understand their feelings, boosting their self-confidence and fostering their leadership potential.

Seeing such a transformation is a beautiful thing, and it’s all thanks to you.

The women open up and share their stories
The women open up and share their stories
In groups, the girls prepare a short sketch
In groups, the girls prepare a short sketch
The girls attend CAPTA's health fair with our team
The girls attend CAPTA's health fair with our team

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Jul 12, 2019

Self-STEAM: Art, science and technology

Girl power!
Girl power!

Enlaces develops the Self-STEAM Project, which seeks to bring children and adolescents from vulnerable communities closer to the fertile field that opens up around the disciplines STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in a creative and fun way.

Through this initiative we seek to respond to the need to integrate, give context and promote the learning of science, using art as an engine to generate significant learning.

The boys and girls receive robotics and LEGO Bricks workshops, using movement as a metaphor; generating a meeting between science and art, and allowing our students to apply their creative skills, and discover themselves as people capable of creating innovation and experimenting science.

In Enlaces we believe that education is the way to a full and dignified life. With your support, we are able to expose our children to important tools that will allow them to face the challenges that life presents, and to continue transforming their lives and communities through education, art and culture.

Our students prepare their first robot.
Our students prepare their first robot.
Let's do Science!
Let's do Science!
Jul 2, 2019

The universal lessons of Pride

With the young musicians of Danilo Perez
With the young musicians of Danilo Perez

So we are at the end of June.

Pride has come, taken its stand, and gone, but the lessons it brought in its marches and flags need to stay with us. Things like equality, respect, acceptance and opportunity are values to be treasured, upholded and put into practice into everything we do.

As a foundation, especially one such as we are, they are in a way our northern star. The things towards which we strive every day. They inform everything we do, from our direction choices to our program’s contents, and they are exactly what we want to provide for the women that go though our programs.

During this month, we did our part in spreading those values as an ongoing effort in 2019, working through programs parallel to CAPTA with private companies, governmental entities and other NGOs.

Working for equality, we focused on giving workshops and classes to empower people and employees through that spectrum. We finished the « Skills for Life » training with the young musicians of the Danilo Perez Foundation, we completed the first self-confidence module with the buisnesspeople at Pedersen (a company that distributes gourmet products) and we trained 300 people from the administrative personel of the Education Ministry (Meduca) of Panamá Oeste in the ways of laughter therapy.

Respect is a two-way street and we proved it by showing it in a tour of the Museum of Freedom and Human Rights and then it being shown to us through the official recognition of Calicanto as a strategic ally by the panamenian NGO Aldeas SOS.

This month, we also helped set the foundations for a better understanding of our country’s situation and the reality we live in, through being a part in the creation of the Human Development Report Panama 2019 alongside the PNUD, as well as being present during its launch. In doing so, we hope to foster better acceptance and tolerance for the realities experienced by socially vulnerable communities.

Finally, we created opportunities. Teaching LGBTQI+ activists the full potential of the digital resources they have access to and how to harness them to make a lasting impact ; as well as giving a group of our graduates the chance to show their skills at the celebration of the Day of the Italian Republic held at that country’s embassy on June 2nd.

Pride might be over, but to us, its lessons and values live on, feeding the change we try to make in the communities we work with and beyond. Now more than ever, they are in our mind, as we prepare to debut or new and improved CAPTA program this July. We promise to keep you updated.

Laughter therapy training with Meduca
Laughter therapy training with Meduca
Recognition as a strategic ally by Aldeas SOS
Recognition as a strategic ally by Aldeas SOS
Human Development Report Panama 2019 launch
Human Development Report Panama 2019 launch
 
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