Women Work Together

Mission Statement Women Work Together supports women and girls in highland Guatemala in their efforts toward gender equality, focusing on girls' access to education. Our mission is to raise the socio-economic status of Guatemalan women and girls by cultivating and strengthening their ability to work effectively in groups and aspire to leadership, thus accelerating positive changes in their lives and in their communities. We believe that the cycle of poverty and powerlessness endemic to rural Mayan women can be broken through systemic grassroots change that values and invests in girls' education and leadership. To accomplish this, we have taken an uncommon path in Latin America, par...
Nov 10, 2016

Annual Jamboree Marks Girls' Success

Completing Vocational Aptitude Preference Survey
Completing Vocational Aptitude Preference Survey

Nearly 200 girls representing all of the San Pedro Sacatepéquez rural middle schools were recognized as community leaders and graduates of the Leadership Institute during the annual ADIMTU Jamboree that marked the end of the 2016 school year (January to October in Guatemala). This much-anticipated event celebrated the success of this community-wide program that impacts some 800 young teen students and their families annually across the villages of San Pedro. The Jamboree combines honoring the girls’ accomplishments with a program that motivates them to set personal goals for staying in school and a high-school fair that informs them about options for continuing their studies. Thirteen local area institutions participated in the school fair this year, dispatching representatives who meet personally with the girls to help them understand and consider the possibilities.

This cohort of girls is the first to have completed all three years of the now-robust Leadership Institute which they entered in 2014, beginning with La Vida de Mi Mamá. La Vida guided the girls and their mothers thru a year-long curriculum of workshops and interviews with their mothers to learn their moms’ life stories. Each girl wrote and illustrated a book to capture what she’s learned about her mom’s life, ultimately presenting her mom with this precious book which promptly became a family keepsake. In the process, the mothers and daughters established a special relationship of trust as a foundation for all that followed. The girls flourished and found their voices in their second year in the program with La Lectura Familiar, reading and exploring books together and then taking books home to read aloud with their families. In their third and final year of middle school, the Leadership Institute engaged the girls in Mi Hermanita with each one “adopting” a little sister in second or third grade, whom she tutored, mentored and encouraged to stay in school and follow her dreams.

With the girls now gathered to celebrate their achievements, ADIMTU organized a full program that included motivational talks by accomplished local area women who came from the very same villages and shared their real-life stories of successes and setbacks. This set the stage for the girls to complete a Vocational Aptitude and Preference Survey on the spot and receive additional information about some of the career options that would complement their individual strengths and inclinations. The girls were further encouraged to stay in school by several notable women from the Department of Education who, by their very presence, spoke volumes about the potential for educated girls to become leaders of a better future for all of Guatemala.

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Nov 10, 2016

Annual Jamboree Marks Girls' Success

Completing Vocational Aptitude Preference Survey
Completing Vocational Aptitude Preference Survey

Nearly 200 girls representing all of the San Pedro Sacatepéquez rural middle schools were recognized as community leaders and graduates of the Leadership Institute during the annual ADIMTU Jamboree that marked the end of the 2016 school year (January to October in Guatemala). This much-anticipated event celebrated the success of this community-wide program that impacts some 800 young teen students and their families annually across the villages of San Pedro. The Jamboree combines honoring the girls’ accomplishments with a program that motivates them to set personal goals for staying in school and a high-school fair that informs them about options for continuing their studies. Thirteen local area institutions participated in the school fair this year, dispatching representatives who meet personally with the girls to help them understand and consider the possibilities.

This cohort of girls is the first to have completed all three years of the now-robust Leadership Institute which they entered in 2014, beginning with La Vida de Mi Mamá. La Vida guided the girls and their mothers thru a year-long curriculum of workshops and interviews with their mothers to learn their moms’ life stories. Each girl wrote and illustrated a book to capture what she’s learned about her mom’s life, ultimately presenting her mom with this precious book which promptly became a family keepsake. In the process, the mothers and daughters established a special relationship of trust as a foundation for all that followed. The girls flourished and found their voices in their second year in the program with La Lectura Familiar, reading and exploring books together and then taking books home to read aloud with their families. In their third and final year of middle school, the Leadership Institute engaged the girls in Mi Hermanita with each one “adopting” a little sister in second or third grade, whom she tutored, mentored and encouraged to stay in school and follow her dreams.

With the girls now gathered to celebrate their achievements, ADIMTU organized a full program that included motivational talks by accomplished local area women who came from the very same villages and shared their real-life stories of successes and setbacks. This set the stage for the girls to complete a Vocational Aptitude and Preference Survey on the spot and receive additional information about some of the career options that would complement their individual strengths and inclinations. The girls were further encouraged to stay in school by several notable women from the Department of Education who, by their very presence, spoke volumes about the potential for educated girls to become leaders of a better future for all of Guatemala.

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Jun 16, 2016

Great News - Grant Renewed for $5,000!

Big & Little Sisters Exchanging Keepsake Books
Big & Little Sisters Exchanging Keepsake Books

Great News

The Zimmer Family Foundation has granted $5000 to our Mi Hermanita (My Little Sister) program. In announcing the award, Collins Zimmer described the program as “very intriguing and unique,” highlighting the inclusion of mothers of both the big and little sisters as part of what attracted them to funding this particular program. He also expressed the foundation’s admiration for all of the work being done by the ADIMTU team in Guatemala. The Zimmer Family previously funded Women Work Together and ADIMTU two years ago.

During the 2016 academic year, ADIMTU is continuing the Mi Hermanita program with 200+ 9th grade girls from our 13 schools paired with 200+ “little sisters” who are in grades 1-3 and identified by their teachers as at high risk of dropping out. This program provides academic and emotional support that is helping to keep them in school and improve their self-confidence as learners. Simply put, staying in school secures a future for these girls that would otherwise be out of reach.

When WWT co-founder, Diane Dvorin visited San Pedro Sacatepéquez last year, she talked with an elementary school teacher in Santa Teresa who spontaneously reported that that his young students were more motivated, more successful and more excited about school as a result of this program. He wanted her to know first-hand about the huge impact Mi Hermanita is having on his students, classroom and colleagues as well as on the school community as a whole.

It is exactly this kind of success that the Zimmer Family Foundation has recognized and is funding here.

Women Work Together and ADIMTU appreciate volunteer Nico Cabrera-Schneider for his follow-up with the Zimmer Family Foundation and his continued fundraising leadership.

Yes — Numbers Tell the Story

At the conclusion of the 2015 academic year, over 90% of the girls who graduated from the Leadership Institute continued on to secondary school. This is a remarkable accomplishment and testimony to the LI’s impact on the ground. Virtually all of the girls in the Leadership Institute come from families with severe economic limitations. None the less, the girls and their families have committed to staying in school as the key to a better future for themselves, their community and their country. By comparison, only 45% of girls nationally continue their education beyond middle school.

These numbers are what caught the attention of the Ministry of Education in Guatemala. ADIMTU and the Ministry of Education are talking about how to expand this program beyond San Pedro Sacatepéquez in 2017.

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