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...
Jun 16, 2016

Great News - Grant Renewed for $5,000!

Big & Little Sisters Exchange Keepsake Books
Big & Little Sisters Exchange Keepsake Books

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.

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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Mar 17, 2016

2016 - If Not Now, When?

Wendy & Girls
Wendy & Girls

2016 – If Not Now, When?

With the 2016 Guatemalan school year starting in January, the ADIMTU team ran the first installment of the pilot teacher training program, implementing the plan for the Leadership Institute to become a teacher-led, in-classroom curriculum. This move to train teachers has secured enthusiastic support from the Ministry of Education as key to their disseminating these successful programs to more schools across the department (i.e., state) of San Marcos.

In light of the ambitious transition plans for this year, WWT Program Director, Wendy Baring-Gould, spent the better part of February in San Pedro Sacatepéquez. She worked intensively with the ADIMTU team to review outcomes of the initial teacher workshops and was present for the next set of trainings. There were additional discussions with key people from the Ministry during her time there and some key steps were taken to lay the foundation for scaling up the Leadership Institute in the 2017 school year.

Wendy also reported excellent progress on the team’s re-thinking of the Leadership Institute programs to include boys, beginning this year with a pilot program in 9 of our schools. The team re-visioned the first-year program, La Vida de Mi Mamá, as La Vida de Mi Familia and is implementing these changes in the field. They also reviewed the second and third year programs, improving them for this year and preparing for the inclusion of boys in each, as this years’ pilot group of boys advances thru the grades.

The work plan for 2016 is both hopeful and pragmatic as we continue to move forward on all fronts, essentially to:

  • Pilot and refine the teacher training program
  • Pilot and plan for the inclusion of boys
  • Work with the Ministry of Education to potentially disseminate the Leadership Institute to other schools and municipalities across San Marcos
  • Improve evaluation information

 All of this is made possible by the diligent work and inspiration of our partners at ADIMTU, WWT’s deeply committed volunteers, and your financial support. ¡Adelante!

Mother & Daughter Learn Together
Mother & Daughter Learn Together
Teacher Workshop
Teacher Workshop
Girls Speak Up
Girls Speak Up

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Mar 17, 2016

2016 - If Not Now, When?

Wendy & Girls
Wendy & Girls

2016 – If Not Now, When?

With the 2016 Guatemalan school year starting in January, the ADIMTU team ran the first installment of the pilot teacher training program, implementing the plan for the Leadership Institute to become a teacher-led, in-classroom curriculum. This move to train teachers has secured enthusiastic support from the Ministry of Education as key to their disseminating these successful programs to more schools across the department (i.e., state) of San Marcos.

In light of the ambitious transition plans for this year, WWT Program Director, Wendy Baring-Gould, spent the better part of February in San Pedro Sacatepéquez. She worked intensively with the ADIMTU team to review outcomes of the initial teacher workshops and was present for the next set of trainings. She participated in expanded discussions with key people from the Ministry during her time there, and some important steps were taken to lay the foundation for scaling up the Leadership Institute in the 2017 school year.

Wendy reported excellent progress on the team’s re-thinking of the Leadership Institute programs to include boys, beginning this year with a pilot program in 9 of our schools. The team re-visioned the first-year program, La Vida de Mi Mamá, as La Vida de Mi Familia and is now engaged in implementing these changes in the field. They also reviewed the second and third year programs, improving them for this year and preparing for the inclusion of boys in each, as this years’ pilot group of boys advances thru the grades.

The work plan for 2016 is both hopeful and pragmatic as we continue to move forward on all fronts, essentially to:

  • Pilot and refine the teacher training program
  • Pilot and plan for the inclusion of boys
  • Work with the Ministry of Education to potentially disseminate the Leadership Institute to other schools and municipalities across San Marcos
  • Improve evaluation information

All of this is made possible by the diligent work and inspiration of our partners at ADIMTU, WWT’s deeply committed volunteers, and your financial support. ¡Adelante!

Mother & Daughter Learn Together
Mother & Daughter Learn Together
Teacher Workshop
Teacher Workshop
Girls with Ideas
Girls with Ideas

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