Provide Life Skills for 4000 Rural Mayan Girls

by Population Council


"Abriendo Oportunidades" (Creating Opportunities) is a Population Council program that supports Guatemala's most disadvantaged population: rural, indigenous girls ages 8-17. The program provides them with a safe space to meet and learn valuable life skills.__"Abriendo Oportunidades" apoya al grupo mas vulnerable de Guatemala: ninas rurales y indigenas entre las edades de 8 a17. El programa les proporciona un espacio seguro para reunirse y obtener valiosas habilidades para la vida.
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Early marriages, childbearing and dropping out of school are the norm for indigenous girls in Guatemala. Nearly 40% of indigenous women marry before age 18 and more than 67% live in rural areas often without access to social services.__ El matrimonio precoz, la maternidad y la desercion escolar son la norma para las ninas indigenas en Guatemala. Casi el 40% de las mujeres indigenas se casan antes de los 18 anos y mas del 67% viven en zonas rurales, a menudo sin acceso a servicios sociales.


Participation in the program builds girls' self-esteem, offers them support from peers, and informs about sexual/reproductive health. This supports girls make more informed, responsible choices and teaches them to advocate for their rights__La participacion en el programa refuerza la autoestima de las ninas, les ofrece apoyo de sus companeras, y les informa de la salud sexual/reproductiva. Esto permite a las ninas tomar decisiones informadas y responsables, y les ensena a defender sus derechos.

Long-Term Impact

The program helps girls create a "life plan" in which they indicate a desire to achieve higher levels of schooling, have more independence, delay childbirth, decide the size of family they desire, and become role-models for younger girls.__ El programa ayuda a las ninas a crear un "plan de vida" en el que reflejan el deseo de lograr mayores niveles de escolaridad, ser mas independendientes, retrasar el primer embarazo, decidir el numero de hijos, y convertirse en modelos para ninas mas jovenes.

Additional Documentation

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


Population Council's Creating Opportunities
Population Council Website
Abriendo Oportunidades Facebook page

Organization Information

Population Council

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alejandra Colom Bickford
Guatemala City, Guatemala
$44,632 raised of $50,000 goal
687 donations
$5,368 to go
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