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Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls

by Population Council
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Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls
Supporting indigenous mentors to reach more girls

Summary

Abriendo Oportunidades (Creating Opportunities) is a program designed and implemented by the Population Council. The program identifies young indigenous women with potential to become mentors of safe spaces where girls ares organized in age appropriate groups and relevant content on topics like education, life skills, sexual and reproductive health, food sovereignty and prevention of all forms of violence is delivered.

$120,000
total goal
$42,606
remaining
604
donors
6
monthly donors
4
fundraisers
8
years

Challenge

Rural indigenous girls have to grow-up facing high levels of poverty, severe lack of educational opportunities and lack of female role models. One-in-five children in Guatemala is born to an adolescent girl mother (aged 15-19 years) and most of these "child mothers" are indigenous girls living in poverty.

Solution

Abriendo Oportunidades is part of a generation of programs anchored in communities that face social and economic exclusion. The program organizes girls in groups and brings them together in safe spaces to build their life skills and offer them mentoring. The program invests in educational resources for girls, stipends for mentors and, since 2018, in seed funding for mentors to develop productive projects.

Long-Term Impact

Young indigenous mentors come from the same communities as girls and have started to build their own organizations, focusing on sustaining their livelihoods through female empowerment. A recent impact evaluation of the program showed positive reductions in girls' experience of physical violence at home and promise to reduce child marriage significantly.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.popcouncil.org/​research/​abriendo-oportunidades-opening-opportunities
Population Council's Creating Opportunities
Population Council Website
Abriendo Oportunidades in Chisec
Casa Productiva - Mujeres Indigenas - Guatemala

Organization Information

Population Council

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website:
Project Leader:
Angel del Valle
Guatemala City, Guatemala
$77,394 raised of $120,000 goal
 
1,113 donations
$42,606 to go
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