Provide Life Skills for 4000 Rural Mayan Girls

by Population Council
Nov 11, 2013

Scaling up in Alta Verapaz

new AO community
new AO community

These past three months have been very busy and exciting! Abriendo Oportunidades is scaling up and incorporating a weekly radio program to add to the regular club meetings. We have started work in 50 new communities in the municipality of Chisec, a predominantly Q'eqchi' area in the department of Alta Verapaz. This region has some of the worst indicators in terms of maternal health, maternal and child mortality and early marriages and pregnancies.  School drop out rate is high and girls barely finish the 6th grade.

We have an excellent team on the ground visiting communities and engaging leaders, parents and adolescent girls in AO. The mayor of Chisec has been incredibly supportive and this has helped us establish our activities more efficiently. The logistics of the scale up are great, since we have continued with our mission of reaching the poorest, most distant and forgotten communities. The pictures attached correspond to some of these villages.

We hope to add 50 new communities every year. With your support, we may reach even more!

The rainy season adds some challenges to the work
The rainy season adds some challenges to the work

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Population Council

Location: New York, NY - USA
Project Leader:
Alejandra Colom Bickford
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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