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
She's happy receiving her certificate
She's happy receiving her certificate

We had big dreams in 2018 and with your support we had great achievements.

We happily managed to launch our first sustainability project, Restaurante La Sexta, which we have been able to carry out and continue to strengthen, overcoming any challenge. We currently have 3 CAPTA students working full time, putting into practice what they learned in their classes. If you ever visit Panama, come visit us in Fonda La Sexta in Casco Antiguo.

In December we celebrated the 50th graduation of the CAPTA job training, paying tribute to the more than 1,500 women who have benefited from the program. We had a special MC, a CAPTA graduate, who surprised us with her grace and eloquence; and a group of students that presented a play that made us remember the reason for our work.

In Panama, 9.9% of the country's current population lives in extreme poverty, a condition that according to the World Bank is defined as people living on less than $ 1.25 a day. In addition, 19.1% of people live in multidimensionally poor households. Among the dimensions that contribute to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), Education stands out with one (23.7%), Environment and sanitation (21.7%), Work (19.4%), Housing, basic services and Internet access (17.8%). %) and Health (17.4%).1

We recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done and that our work allows us to be close to the reality of our country, where there are still great inequalities that are stronger than the percentages that sometimes accompany it. That is why we remain motivated to continue strengthening the capacities of the most vulnerable people, to have the power to change their socioeconomic situation and to serve as inspiration for others in their community.

We want 2019 to be full of success stories, of women who can get a decent job or open their first venture, of families that can have access to housing, of children who have what it takes to focus on their studies and achieve their dreams, of citizens who discover a new reality and are willing to continue working to build a better Panama.

We started this year working to increase our impact. During January and February, we will update our methodology, metrics, study plans and recruitment processes in order to reach more beneficiaries and achieve the sustainability that unites us.

Thank you for being part of this effort! We invite you to watch the new video that we have placed on the page of our project and tell us what you think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7QS2vChAkk.

Happy 2019!

 

 

1. Statistics Data source: https://www.mides.gob.pa/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/MED-DAES-Informe-del-Índice-de-Pobreza-Multidimensional-de-Panamá-2018-1.pdf

Odalys performance at graduation
Odalys performance at graduation
We are a big family!
We are a big family!
Art can be a tool to heal.
Art can be a tool to heal.
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“One woman can bring change to a family and many women together will bring change to humanity.”

Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women.

 

For Fundacion Calicanto, the CAPTA program is an engine to build community and empower agents of change in our world. It is a space in which women discover their value and ability to transform their environment and turn it into opportunities for growth.

Today we celebrate the achievement of all the 1,530 women who have gone through our programs and the potential of the children who have seen in their mothers the example of improvement and effort. We celebrate family, friends, trainers, sponsors, volunteers and all the people who have been part of this project during the last 12 years. 

We remain motivated to reach more beneficiaries in Panama and to continue making innovative and positive improvements in our processes and methodologies to increase opportunities for women, families and communities.

Last week we had our traditional Family Day with our 50th CAPTA group and we have prepared a video for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Is7hcbOkMU

Thank you for being part of this family!

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Today we raise our voices, with our own words.
Today we raise our voices, with our own words.

“In CAPTA I learned to break the pattern of violence”

 

“I am a domestic violence survivor and grew up in a violent home, no woman should have to live in fear”. When Agustina joined the program, she was an unemployed mother of 2 children. She came to Fundacion Calicanto depressed and with low self-esteem but eventually pieced her life back together.

The Mission of our Women, Gender and Identity Workshop is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools which allow women to make positive choices and lead their lives without fear of the future. As Agustina said: “In CAPTA I learned to break the pattern of violence. I opened my eyes and realized I deserve respect and that I must make that decision myself.”

Agustina is one of our graduates. She persisted until the CAPTA vocational phase and took the intensive Housekeeping Training. As a very strong woman, she pursued her dreams and now she runs her own housekeeping service company, where she hires CAPTA graduates and other women in the community.

Women like Agustina motivate us to continue our work with CAPTA. We are currently training 30 beneficiaries from different communities in the CAPTA 49. These women have stood out for their desire to learn and at the same time have encouraged us with their openness.

The first phase of the program is about to be completed with a focused on Human Development. It has been like an awakening because through the trainings in Emotional Intelligence, Assertive Communication, Gender and Women rights, and others, the women are prepared to deal effectively with their inner conflicts, self-esteem and their misconceptions about themselves and others.

In CAPTA, Human Development is thought to be cultivated and enhanced throughout life.

Empowerment of women through vocational training
Empowerment of women through vocational training
The CAPTA program is designed to empower women
The CAPTA program is designed to empower women
Help women fighting poverty cycle. Donate now
Help women fighting poverty cycle. Donate now

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Developing Healthy Relationships Workshop
Developing Healthy Relationships Workshop

 

 

On August 1st, we held the 48th graduation of CAPTA participants. On this occasion we would like to share with you the graduation speech of one of our students:

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela

 

Good day: Members of Fundacion Calicanto, dear teachers, family, friends, colleagues and everyone who is proud of us today. A thousand thanks for joining us, this achievement is not only mine, but my relatives who gave me their support.

Nothing is easy, nothing is given free in this world, everything must be learned with great effort. Despite the initial difficulties faced, I have faith that we can make profound changes in this process, and this faith gives me hope.

It is a great honor for me to represent my classmates. We had difficult moments, we struggled, but to reach the finish line is an exceptional reward that will remain in our memory.

By working and healing together through CAPTA 48, we developed new friendships, a new outlook and understandingof life that will influence us to be creative in our everyday lives. We believe we have what it takes to get ahead.

CAPTA showed us that we are strong and have the capacity to do the things right. The program taught us to be responsible and to share with others what we received. We are women who want to inspire hope and make a small contribution to our families and neighborhoods.

Knowledge and training as elements of freedom, are essential for so many human activities and values. On the day I entered the doors of Fundacion Calicanto I had numerous questions and numerous fears, that over the past weeks were transformed into answers and make plans, “the actions we take today are the foundations of our future.”

I am thankful to our teachers who not only provided excellent teaching but also boosted our morale and confidence. Finally, I should thank our families that have always been supportive, giving us courage to move forward. 

We are almost at the starting point of a new stage in our lives, one that fills us with optimism and enthusiasm. We learned from CAPTA that work is rewarding, dignifies people, creates health and creates opportunities for us to be leaders.

Yes, we can CAPTA girls!

 

 

 

Workplace Ethics Workshop
Workplace Ethics Workshop
'Your Style, Your Way' Image Leadership Workshop
'Your Style, Your Way' Image Leadership Workshop
Child sexual abuse prevention Workshop
Child sexual abuse prevention Workshop
"Education is the passport to the future"
"Education is the passport to the future"
Lifting up with hands of help. Thank you, CAPTA 48
Lifting up with hands of help. Thank you, CAPTA 48

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'I must keep going. I will not quit.'
'I must keep going. I will not quit.'

On a gray and rainy day, we were hopping the weather would get better to celebrate the graduation for the class CAPTA 47 and just after noon the rain stopped, and the sun came out as a witness of the joy of the 24 women that completed more than 344 hours of training for employment and for their lives. They stood out for their level of commitment, high sense of belonging and empathy among peers. In the words of Paulina "In CAPTA we discovered our own self-worth and found a new family".

This group of women, with difficult life stories overcame the obstacles that arose in the middle of their training and decided to persevere. During the program they had in common the strong desire to succeed and the qualities required for a successful process.

Each day they demonstrated their level of commitment in the midst of scarcity and illness, some with night jobs to sustain their homes and attend the course, others leaving their children in the care of relatives and neighbors; there was also the case of a woman who fought for child support through the court from her absent partner.

For us, the most moving characteristic of these women was that they were willing to support the Foundation in extracurricular activities, expressing solidarity among peers. During classes, they played an active role in the development of assigned tasks to ensure the logistics of the training. They were willing to negotiate in conflict situations and had a positive attitude.

The time went by so quickly, but it was enough to create strong and lasting hope, friendships and encouragement. After lots of preparation, they had an emotional graduation. One by one, they heard their names and with a mixed of emotions they went on stage to receive their certificates. Now they are 24 confident women who recognize their value in society and are willing to fight for their life plan and get a decent job to improve their quality of life and provide more opportunities for their children.

Paulina began workinhg in a restaurant.
Paulina began workinhg in a restaurant.
Today, I choose to work hard for my dreams
Today, I choose to work hard for my dreams
"I believe in myself."
"I believe in myself."
My son said: "Mom, Capta makes You a better Mom."
My son said: "Mom, Capta makes You a better Mom."
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.

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Location: Panama City, Panama - Panama
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Gabriela Valencia
Panama, Panama
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