Population Council

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.
Nov 17, 2016

New equipment and new books

mentors and tutors
mentors and tutors

If you have been a friend and supporter of Abriendo Oportunidades for a while, you may remember that mentors in Chisec secured an agreement with the mayor of that municipality. The agreement included City Hall donating a copier for the mentors new office, which is in a municipal building where they can work rent-free.  The copier finally made it to Chisec. It will make everyone's work much easier and less expensive!  

The Population Council's team and a group of education specialists also wrapped up the preparation of the integrated textbook for our program that focuses on providing access to secondary education. Abriendo participants in some communities have the option of completing middle school through our Flexible Modalities program. This program requires certification by the Ministry of Education. Our partnership with the MoE includes our contribution to the program through the preparation of the core textbook.  This month we are celebrating our new books too!

Please remember that all donations until Christmas will be doubled!

Thank you everyone for supporting us!

New textbooks!
New textbooks!
Aug 17, 2016

Family gardens bloom in Abriendo

Mentor visits family garden
Mentor visits family garden

Mentors in Chisec have been working with girls and their families to develop vegetable and herb gardens.  This is part of their initiative to work with girls to generate some income, while expanding families' food choices.  The strategy also includes bringing back traditional plants that are now scarce due to the rapid landuse change in the region. As in other aspects of Abriendo, mentors' play a key role in ensuring that girls and their families get the support necessary to succeed.  

Ongoing donations through Global Giving have helped the Council provide continous support to the Chisec mentors network.  Lessons learned from this experience will allow us to frame upcoming community activities in the department of Sololá, where another group of highly motivated and committed mentors are just beginning girl groups in 20 communities.  

Thank you once more for your committment to their excellent work.

May 19, 2016

Mayor of Chisec partners up with Abriendo mentors

Chisec mentors with their approved municipal plan
Chisec mentors with their approved municipal plan

We are thrilled to report a series of successful activities in Chisec.  Mentors in Chisec completed their training in December 2015. A group of them decided to continue working on a voluntary basis to expand the girl clubs to new communities.  Their efforts to engage the newly elect mayor of Chisec, Selvin Reyes, have resulted in the first ever municipal plan that includes specific budget lines and activities to support girls and adolescents. Mayor Reyes committed to fund 35% of the annual budget for mentors' activities.  He also provided mentors with an office free of rent where they have now established their headquarters.  He also invited Abriendo mentors to be part of the Municipal Development Council. These councils are usually male-dominated, so mentors have taken on the important role of making women's contribution to development plans more relevant.  

As always, all funds raised through Global Giving go directly to field activities. Your generous contributions have allowed us to continue matching mentors' efforts.  We are very grateful for your committment to the sustainability of these groups of brave young women.

On the western side of the country, the AO mentor network in Totonicapán continue using Global Giving donations to produce beautiful bracelets for sale in the U.S.  Mentors in Totonicapán invest the majority of the funds generated from bracelets to expand activities with girls and their mothers. 

Mentors across Guatemala continue combining their passion for girls rights with locally generated evidence. This makes them unique contributors to improving the lives of girls and adolescent girls in rural communities. Thank you for being part of this effort.

Mentors take a break in Peten
Mentors take a break in Peten
 
   

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