Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama

by Fundacion Calicanto
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Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama
CAPTA students in action
CAPTA students in action

Despite the unprecedented journey of 2020, we virtually trained 84 new women which meant we impacted over 300 family members through CAPTA, which included raising awareness on issues of domestic violence, and training the women in psychological, emotional and entrepreneurial skills. But while we were educating new students, most of our former graduates were losing their jobs due to the crisis.

Through it all, they found basic and immediate relief assistance in us. This situation highlighted the long-term impact of our training program and the large percentage of women that felt comfortable reaching back to our team for support. We saw our alumni network revive last year.

They seeked relief but mostly, they wanted to understand how to support their own families and communities. 

We realized that our graduates were empowered to make bottom-up social changes in their communities. And, we were ready to help.

At the end of 2021 we launched our first micro project in collaboration with our alumni network: Agents of Change for Gender Violence Prevention.

This project selected 10 former graduates of the CAPTA Program to be trained as representatives of the organization. We trained them on topics of gender and violence prevention so that they could replicate this knowledge, exercising their role as leaders, and empowering them to promote bottom-up social changes in their communities.

By generating more spaces for connection between the alumni and their communities, we are promoting more space for personal growth and empowerment for these women.

Since 2005 we have helped over 1600 to educate themselves to transition out of poverty. Today, there are 350 active graduates seeking ways to give back to their communities because the program empowered them to do so. This year, our goal is to educate and train 150 new women, while continuing to support and strengthen our alumni network through specific programs and activities.

To the question: what’s next for the women after CAPTA?

We say: CAPTA is the first destination through which their personal empowerment journey begins.

Carla: CAPTA Alumni & Agent of Change
Carla: CAPTA Alumni & Agent of Change
Our CAPTA alumni reunited in 2020
Our CAPTA alumni reunited in 2020
Meybis sharing her CAPTA experience
Meybis sharing her CAPTA experience

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CAPTA is closer than ever!
CAPTA is closer than ever!

Resilience: Calicanto’s Secret Sauce

#genderequality #sustainablelivelihoods

Like to so many other organizations globally, 2020 represents a year of great challenges but also incredible opportunities for Calicanto. As a result of the COVID19 crisis, Panama established strict sanitary restrictions reducing social and physical mobility by 80%. Since this measure limited the continuation of the face-to-face execution methodology of the CAPTA Program (Training for Work), the foundation rapidly began working on alternatives to continue the implementation of the program. Meanwhile, the team worked directly on assisting 332 former graduates on issues that would help them cope with and counteract the effects of the health crisis.

By the end of August, the foundation had managed to pilot the new version of the CAPTA Program under the virtual modality. This adaptation has allowed the continuity of the program and the inclusion of more beneficiaries, approximately a 45% increase. Through CAPTA Relief and the support of the French Embassy we were also able to reconnect with the program's graduates to implement a new program called CAPTA Ambassadors, part of our follow-up program Conexiones.

According to the United Nations Development Program, Latin America will experience the most severe economic recession in decades due to COVID19. Most countries in the region are at risk of losing two decades of progress in the fight against poverty and inequality. The foundation seizes this unique opportunity of adapting the CAPTA Program through which it can continue to fight poverty and reduce the social gaps towards access and economic opportunity.

 

Our Program’s Evolution

Our 2020 Impact

 So far this year we have directly benefited 506 women through our programs through the support of international and local partners.Through the implementation this year of three CAPTAs, we will have 86 new CAPTA graduates. They will continue their personal and professional journey to be ambassadors of the program and agents of change in their communities.

What we know

 The public health crisis and social isolation have amplified the uncertainty, placing many women's livelihoods at risk. With the appearance of COVID19, we have observed the emergence of three variant at-risk population that:

  • Increased their vulnerability due to recent inequalities.
  • Relapsed due to risk factors within their environment.
  • Became vulnerable to the social and economic crisis.

What we have done

  • We have strategized on reducing the digital gap to reach and support more populations through CAPTA Virtual.
  • We continue to educate and empower women while expanding our impact to other regions of Panama.
  • We have reconnected with the CAPTA graduates to expand their sense of belonging and connection to the local economy.
  • Our weekly Espacio Positivo sessions on IG live are stronger than ever! This month specially, we have partnered with the French Embassy in Panama for a special project called Network of Ambassadors for the Prevention of Gender Violence. The project builds awareness towards the topic of women & violence. So far our 10 female ambassadors have reached and mentored 625 women across the country.

 

Our plans for 2021

Thanks to our partners and donors we have started to fundraise towards next year. For this #GivingTuesday we are seeking to continue to raise funds to be able to implement our 2021's strategy to continue to fight poverty and educate women in Panama through:

  • 5 Virtual CAPTA's
  • 1 CAPTA pilot program for men 
  • 1 CAPTA Ambassadors 
  • Strengthen our virtual platforms for the CAPTA & Conexiones Programs
Our first response was to help our beneficiaries
Our first response was to help our beneficiaries
We can all give a hand!
We can all give a hand!
We went where our support was needed the most.
We went where our support was needed the most.
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Capta Virtual Kick off
Capta Virtual Kick off

We have been working non stop since Covid-19 striked us in march. As many other non profits, our first response was to help as many of our beneficiaries as possible. We educated, gave emotional and monetary support to the ones in most need, but our goal was to keep doing what we do best: Change lives through our educational program. 

That was something we had been planning before Covid-19, how to reach as many women as possible and how to do it in an easy and accessible way? 

Thanks to these uncertain times, we focused like never before and finally we have created a program that is 100% virtual and structured to give tools to all those women who have an entrepreneurial mindset to give them the tools they need to reach their goals and economic stability. 

It hasn't been easy, the digital gap in our country is very real and we had to think out of the box to overcome that obstacle. 

We are starting a new challenge and we wanted to share this great news with you, this wouldn't be possible without your support. 

Also we have been receiving support from companies and small businesses who want to give back to the community. 

In the last few weeks we delivered more Gift Cards for grocery shopping, our beneficiaries had a sweet treat in the form of delicious cookies and face masks from Wellys Kitchen and also received brand new sneakers from Adidas and Reebook. 

We won't stop: 

-We kept our vow to give tools to women to become financially independent and we started a program with 6 beneficiaries to make face masks for sale in collaboration with Fundamorgan. 

-We had been working in alliance with almost 30 non profit organizations in a shared effort to collect funds in a campaign denominated #RecuperaPanama (Recover Panama)

-We are giving 2 weekly sessions of Espacio Positivo, trough Zoom and IG live

All of these efforts wouldn't be possible without your support, we want to thank you for believing in our cause and being part of the change in the lives of panamanian women.

Activity Calendar for Capta Virtual
Activity Calendar for Capta Virtual
Face Masks program
Face Masks program
Face Masks Program
Face Masks Program
Wellys Kitchen sweet treats
Wellys Kitchen sweet treats
New Sneakers!
New Sneakers!
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Oferta Simple
Oferta Simple

The last time we submitted a report we spoke about our primary response to the Covid-19, our plan was still in the making because we were, as many,  figuring out where our support was needed. 

A lot has changed since the beginning of the pandemic and now we are stronger and working harder than ever before. 

We achieved a lot of goals in april: 

  • The activation of a hotline for psychological support for beneficiaries of our programs and their families
  • We shifted our classes to fit the digital environment and started a pilot of Zoom Workshops, 11 classes of 40 minutes in total.
  • We changed our social media strategy to fit a more educational view
  • An alliance with Private Bank to distribute Vouchers to beneficiaries of our program
  • We delivered 300 vouchers to the first group of beneficiaries, which went through a series of filters
  • The activation of a fundraising campaign through social media using products of Banco General.
  • Participation in the Virtual panel 'Experiences and Learnings in the Face of the Current Contingency in Latin America hosted by GlobalGiving
  • We held an auction for a piece donated by Local artist Eduardo Navarro
  • We participated in fundraising activities on the Gustazos and Oferta Simple websites.

And because not everything is work, we had a virtual baby shower, to celebrate a new baby in our family. We are excited and can't wait for those baby pictures!

We often hear that when you go through difficult times is when you see human nature at its finest, today we can confirm that. We are working closer than ever to achieve our goals, our board is involved in every action to support our work and our beneficiaries are showing us beautiful lessons about humility and always lending a helping hand to others. 

The pandemic may have changed the world and we knew it, now we have the chance to make it more human, equal and peaceful. 

 

Thanks to your support, we are very thankful to have the chance to keep working and do something that changes lives. 

 

we work to educate our comunity
we work to educate our comunity
This is how our beneficiaries use their vouchers
This is how our beneficiaries use their vouchers
Art Piece for the auction
Art Piece for the auction
Vouchers distribution
Vouchers distribution
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We keep working for every CAPTA beneficiary
We keep working for every CAPTA beneficiary

 

A lot has changed since our last report. Not only in Panama, in the whole world. 

What seemed to be a new disease that was affecting a few countries rapidly spreaded across the 5 continents. 

Panama is a developing country, we were not ready for something like this but we had to quickly adapt in order to continue doing our job helping women in vulnerable situations. 

Today the country is in strict quarantine due to the lack of attention from the public. 

We got 558 cases and the numbers are going up quickly.  

We had to rearrange our whole plan and start going digital, in order to support and educate these women and their families about the importance of basic hygiene and staying home as much a posible.

It was a bittersweet moment, because we were about to graduate 26 CAPTA beneficiaries, the spirits were high and all of a sudden everything changed.

We didn't got a chance to say “see you soon”, or give a last hug; we owned the situation and handled it with the strength and support that our beneficiaries needed. 

We quickly set up a hotline for emotional support, and started a social media campaign in order to support and educate. 

We are currently using tools like instagram to connect live with our audience and talk about our emotions, with the guidance of our psychologists.

Also as a non-profit we are working to connect all of our beneficiaries with the different programs our government is implementing to help all the people that are directly or indirectly affected by this situation. 

As the situation develops we plan to run a food program to support the ones in need and collaborate with similar efforts. 

 

This is the moment when we have to show the best we got and work together to get through this time supporting the ones who need it the most.  Solidarity is our new economy!

Martha, homeschooling her son
Martha, homeschooling her son
Martha Ready for her graduation
Martha Ready for her graduation
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Fundacion Calicanto

Location: Panama City, Panama - Panama
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Project Leader:
Hildegard Vasquez
Panama, Panama
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