Apr 11, 2019

Celebrating the extraordinary women of March

Ingrid on her graduation day.
Ingrid on her graduation day.

March has just gone by, and in honor of Women’s history month, we look back at some of the women we have empowered so far, the lives they’ve made for themselves and those they have made for the people around them.

Such is the case of Ingrid, a graduate of 2018’s program, that left the course with a completely different mindset and a newfound respect for herself: “Right now we’re taking a step forward, and starting the carreer, because the time has come to get out there and work, with a different and optimistic outlook, focused on flourishing and improving our quality of life from the inside out. Work dignifies and we have to chase our dreams with perseverance and courage in order to be happy and shape our own futures.”.

Through success stories like Ingrid’s and those of other women like her, the empowerment grows, extending to other women and people who feel stuck in a cycle of poverty or violence. They prove that poverty is not a life sentence, and for poeple who feel they have no way out or those who have given up on hope, they serve as a reminder that there is always a way of reaching personal and economical independence, and through it, finally being free.

At CAPTA, we believe in giving tools for the financial empowerment of women. Training them in tourism related industries like restaurants and hotels has allowed them to access to job positions in renowned institutions like The Amercian Trade Hotel, Niko’s Cafe, J.W Marriott Hotels and Maito. Thanks to their hard work and your contributions, 72% of our graduates, from employees to entrepreneurs, are now part of the labour force and have success stories like Ingrid’s.

CAPTA graduates working at the American Trade.
CAPTA graduates working at the American Trade.

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Jan 28, 2019

We celebrate the graduation of our first student

Jose at 12 (2012)
Jose at 12 (2012)

We are proud to hand back to the community our first graduate student of Enlaces Program, the young José, who in parallel to the completion of his training in the program, obtained his high school degree in science from the National Institute of Panama.

José is a founding student of the program, starting his training from our day one, and allowing us to accompany him for 8 years.

His discipline, talent and perseverance allowed him to win training scholarships in dance within and outside the country, direct 2 artistic projects with his fellows students, and gain the esteem and affection of all those who have had the opportunity to see him shine on the stage

Besides being an excellent dancer, José stands out for his great charisma and leadership, gaining recognition in different youth initiatives such as the Citizen Advocacy Laboratory, the Youth Assemblies and the National Speech Competition, having the honor of representing The Glorious Eagles Nest (Instituto Nacional) at the Provincial Level.

José is a role model for his classmates, leaving a great legacy in Enlaces and an important lesson for all of us: talent, effort, perseverance and determination are ket to obtain great achievements.

From the Espacio Creativo Foundation a warm blessing is extended to José and his family because of his graduation, and especially to his grandmother Alicia, a great engine for the success of his grandson.

Great things await José. We will keep you updated!

Jose at age 14 (2014), dancing in a Frozen inspire
Jose at age 14 (2014), dancing in a Frozen inspire
Jose at 16 (2016), first Solo Public Performance
Jose at 16 (2016), first Solo Public Performance
Jose at age 18 (2018), Annual Enlaces Function
Jose at age 18 (2018), Annual Enlaces Function
Jose, with his teacher Analida, fellows Joa & Vale
Jose, with his teacher Analida, fellows Joa & Vale
Jan 25, 2019

End poverty in all its forms everywhere!

She's happy receiving her certificate
She's happy receiving her certificate

We had big dreams in 2018 and with your support we had great achievements.

We happily managed to launch our first sustainability project, Restaurante La Sexta, which we have been able to carry out and continue to strengthen, overcoming any challenge. We currently have 3 CAPTA students working full time, putting into practice what they learned in their classes. If you ever visit Panama, come visit us in Fonda La Sexta in Casco Antiguo.

In December we celebrated the 50th graduation of the CAPTA job training, paying tribute to the more than 1,500 women who have benefited from the program. We had a special MC, a CAPTA graduate, who surprised us with her grace and eloquence; and a group of students that presented a play that made us remember the reason for our work.

In Panama, 9.9% of the country's current population lives in extreme poverty, a condition that according to the World Bank is defined as people living on less than $ 1.25 a day. In addition, 19.1% of people live in multidimensionally poor households. Among the dimensions that contribute to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), Education stands out with one (23.7%), Environment and sanitation (21.7%), Work (19.4%), Housing, basic services and Internet access (17.8%). %) and Health (17.4%).1

We recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done and that our work allows us to be close to the reality of our country, where there are still great inequalities that are stronger than the percentages that sometimes accompany it. That is why we remain motivated to continue strengthening the capacities of the most vulnerable people, to have the power to change their socioeconomic situation and to serve as inspiration for others in their community.

We want 2019 to be full of success stories, of women who can get a decent job or open their first venture, of families that can have access to housing, of children who have what it takes to focus on their studies and achieve their dreams, of citizens who discover a new reality and are willing to continue working to build a better Panama.

We started this year working to increase our impact. During January and February, we will update our methodology, metrics, study plans and recruitment processes in order to reach more beneficiaries and achieve the sustainability that unites us.

Thank you for being part of this effort! We invite you to watch the new video that we have placed on the page of our project and tell us what you think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7QS2vChAkk.

Happy 2019!

 

 

1. Statistics Data source: https://www.mides.gob.pa/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/MED-DAES-Informe-del-Índice-de-Pobreza-Multidimensional-de-Panamá-2018-1.pdf

Odalys performance at graduation
Odalys performance at graduation
We are a big family!
We are a big family!
Art can be a tool to heal.
Art can be a tool to heal.
 
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