In the last report we told you about our plans of expanding the program to reach more girls in new communities. Plans have slightly changed; the implementation of Abriendo Oportunidades® in seven new isolated communities in western Guatemala had to be paused due to the current political climate (state of siege). We hope to reach these girls in the near future. However, our mission to empower girls continues with the implementation of the program in 8 new communities; in Alta Verapaz, central Guatemala and Quiche, the quiche indigenous group was the worst hit of all the indigenous groups of Guatemala during the thirty-year war.
Reaching these girls involved the establishment of a new alliance with K’wa and REDMI Aq’ab’al. K’wa is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the survival skills and dignity of vulnerable populations, especially girls and adolescents impacted by violence and poverty. They implement educational programs in rural communities that are scarcely served. While REDMI Aq’ab’al is a network of mentors graduated from Abriendo Oportunidades®, they have received funding from the Population Council and other organizations. Their main goal is to prioritize the needs of girls, adolescents and young women from rural areas of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
Their expertise will allow the well-adapted implementation of the programs’ different spin-offs, designed to satisfy the girls’ diverse contexts and needs. We will set up mentor led girl groups where participants will be learning about human rights, financial education, gender-based violence, self-esteem, life-planning and technology. They will spend time playing and learning, while constructing a strong network of young women leaders in the community. This is the power of your donation. We hope to continue having you as part of the Abriendo Oportunidades® team. None of this would be possible without your help.
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