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
Catherine, Bocas del Toro
Catherine, Bocas del Toro

Born in Bocas del Toro, 23 years old Catherine, will return to her town in a couple of weeks. Her youth contrasts with the trauma she has already endured in her life. One day a neighbor told her about a program for women, she replied: “maybe, where should I go? It`s opened in Panama City, and she said: “no”. But her friend insisted and offered staying with her sister. What followed was a fascinating adventure that shook up everything she thought she knew. The journey to Panama took her 10 hours, the discovery of the big city and the uncertainty of what might happen were in his head all the way.

Now Catherine is near to complete the seven weeks of CAPTA 47 Training Program and she will be ready to work in the hotel industry as housekeeper. The last week, she told us she dreamed of working for a beautiful resort in Bocas del Toro within the next six months, that’s when I asked her: “Are you willing to do whatever it takes?” and her response was: “Yes, I am willing to do whatever it takes to change my life and to help my family, ¡I am about to do it! ¨

Thanks to your support, many other women, as well as Catherine, will be able to benefit from the CAPTA training.

In the same group, other 23 students completed the fundamental cycle with joy. During the closing class, the students organized a contest, where they chose a queen who represented their values. The entire activity revolved around Recycling and it was developed with the aim of highlighting talents and qualities of the students, promoting teamwork and raising awareness on the preservation of the environment. We invited Experts in the field to give the participants awareness-raising talks on its importance and how to apply it daily.

At Fundación Calicanto we believe that it is not just about technical skills to improve yourself. In our CAPTA training we provide students with real hands-on experience to enter the workforce efficiently through learning, personal growth, experiential workshops and community work.

Two weeks ago, the group was divided into two groups to continue with the vocational training phase where they are prepared in technical tools in the areas of Hotel or Restaurant, to continue with the practice in outstanding establishments in the city.

This has been a very strong-willed group, women with very difficult life stories like Catherine's but who have managed to overcome the obstacles and persevere in their struggle.

Everyone at the foundation is looking forward to May 24, which will be the day of graduation, where we will give women certificates of completion and motivate them to continue a new growth and life changing phase more strengthened to have access to employment opportunities and improve their quality of life and their children’s.

 We want to thank you again for helping women in Panama making a difference in their communities.

Building Healthy Families - Workshop
Building Healthy Families - Workshop
Creating a Life Plan
Creating a Life Plan
Writing down her Personal Finance Plan
Writing down her Personal Finance Plan
Personal Makeup and Image Session
Personal Makeup and Image Session
Learning Assertive Communication
Learning Assertive Communication
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.

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She stood on the room waiting for an interview at Fundacion Calicanto, she was fearful and decided to leave but her sister insisted to stayBenita is 31 years´s old and lives with her six children in a gang zone, by january 2018 she was admitted to participate in the first CAPTA programme of the year, and since then every sigle day by 4:00 a.m. she left her home to be on time for the first classe. Over the first five weeks program, she could discover a new path for self improvement and a new way to raise her children with self steem and hope. Benita got an award for perseverance, her children said, she started to talk about life plans, education, empowerment and  dreams. She also changed her way to treat them.

CAPTA help women break the cycle of poverty and become role models for their children and communities as many of them become the first in their family to be empowered. In march 17 women received a certificate in Hospitaly Industry and Five women completed a vocational program at School Fonda La Sexta, now they are trained to work at the most well known restaurants of Panama.

This week we are working hard for the next CAPTA 48 and any donation we receive in the GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign (9-13 April), will go to train mothers, heads of the family that are carrying the world of their children on their shoulders. Their lives will be changed for the better as a result of your financial gift. With your support, and the support of other caring sponsors, we will all help together to change their future through education.

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Building Self Steem - Workshop
Building Self Steem - Workshop
Job search workshop
Job search workshop
Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Emotional Intelligence Workshop
HIV prevention workshop
HIV prevention workshop
Boutique Capta - Dress for success
Boutique Capta - Dress for success
Technical Skills and Life Skills Workshops
Technical Skills and Life Skills Workshops
CAPTA46 Your donation make a difference! Thank you
CAPTA46 Your donation make a difference! Thank you

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TIC-as Central America Boot Camp
TIC-as Central America Boot Camp

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are starting March at Fundacion Calicanto with good news to share with you all. Our first CAPTA PANAMA group finished the training!

One of the final classes, the “Healthy Family Relationship Workshop”, is an essential component for women’s commitment to help themselves and include all the family members in their transformation, connecting one another in a safe and respectful way. This workshop builds stronger family relationships, getting family members give the women all the support needed in their vocational training. We believe the success begins from inside out.

In other hand, our CAPTA team finished the first step of the study in Portobelo. In the introductory phase, they visited five communities: Puerto Lindo, San Felipe, Maria Chiquita, Cacique and Isla Grande. They presented the project and received the feedback from 98 women that were accompanied by community leaders, taking into special consideration their needs and issues. These communities are affected by high rates of school dropouts and unemployment. We are committed to the idea that providing them with this training is a way of preventing social exclusion, low incomes and continuing poverty.

Furthermore, we completed the first phase of the project “La voz de las niñas del Centro de las Americas”, the TIC-as Central America booth camp that was led by the cooperative Sulá Batsú with the support of Google.org. This part of the project was carried out from January 24 to February 5, with the participation of 90 girls. This training gave them the opportunity to amplify knowledge in technology and female empowerment. Now we are preparing the logistics for the second phase in which we are going to benefit more than 30 mothers of the girls that participated in this program. We will be sharing news with you about how this program can make a difference in the communities.

One more time, we want to THANK YOU for always stay tuned and supporting us. Training is a tool, a strategy that intends to impact and transform every woman by raising awareness and encouraging skills development.

TIC as Boot Camp - Empowering teens
TIC as Boot Camp - Empowering teens
TIC-as Boot Camp  - Girls in action
TIC-as Boot Camp - Girls in action
CAPTA - Healthy Family Relationship Workshop
CAPTA - Healthy Family Relationship Workshop
CAPTA - Empowering women to restore a future
CAPTA - Empowering women to restore a future
Thank you
Thank you

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CAPTA 46
CAPTA 46

Happy new year to all of our friends, donors and supporters of Fundación Calicanto! The new year has started in the best way possible: THE FIRST CAPTA COURSE STARTED, WITH 25 WOMEN SELECTED!

We have already planned all of the courses we are going to implement across this year in Panama City and we now know that we have the capacity to spread our knowledge across many different modules (we implement 30 modules per course).

CAPTA hopes to have the 25 women from underprivileged backgrounds graduate from the first course of the year, and then hopes to benefit a further 140 women or more in Panama City in other courses.

In our previous report, we mentioned the study we have initiated with the community of Portobelo. During the following three months we will be conducting focus groups and organizing meetings with different organizations to understand the possibility of expanding our CAPTA program in Portobelo. A lot of economic support will be needed to help us get off to a flying start with this new challenge, along with the additional help of the communities of Portobelo, Panama City and our faithful local and international donors like you.

This year we are also implementing a TIC-as bootcamp in Chitré, Los Santos and Chame, aiming to empower 90 girls and their mothers to learn about technology. This project has already been rolled out across Central America and now we have the possibility to implement it in Panama in collaboration with Sulá Batsú and Google Central America. In our next report you will learn about the results of this project.

Finally, we want to say thank you for being on the other side of this article, reading these words, and acting against the inequalities that exist in the world today.

 

 

We are also attaching pictures to this article of our activities. Please let us know if you have any questions at mercadeo@fundacioncalicanto.org.

IN THEATER CLASS
IN THEATER CLASS
There is always time to learn
There is always time to learn
My other self in the mirror
My other self in the mirror
TIC-as Program in Chitre
TIC-as Program in Chitre
Empowering girls from Panama
Empowering girls from Panama

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CAPTA Colon women empowered
CAPTA Colon women empowered

This has been the last week of our courses in CAPTA Colón, closing with the 11th graduation of the program in Colon City.

The 20 graduates  had an excellent performance in the CAPTA course and as a reward, they received official certificates and new opportunities in the hotel industry.

It has been a course full of fulfilled promises. We have been able to see the transformation of women that now have clarity in their purposes: To grow and prosper.

As we mentioned in previous reports, CAPTA Colón will closed in 2018 due to lack of funds necessary to continue the program. This are sad news for women that were expecting to enter in future courses, and even more for members of Calicanto and trainers that have supported us for the last 2 years.

The program will close in Colón, but our support to the women that passed through our program will continue thanks to the help of our donors. We will continue looking for opportunities to reopen our program in Colón City since the result has been extraordinary: 282 women that have benefited and 282 families that have been impacted positively, helping them to achieve better life opportunities. All of this thanks to your help.

Despite the bad news, the foundation continues its expansion. We have found a new donor to open a program in Portobelo. This has been a great surprise to have the possibility to take our training program for women in social vulnerability even farther. As of 2018, we will work in the the office, helping as many women as we can and getting more donors to continue with our social work in Colón for the years to come.  

But the work continues. In January 2018 we will start a new project supported by Google and Sulá Batsú, in which we will train girls between 12 and 17 years old in areas of technology. This project means a lot for us since it will allow us to benefit more members of the population. We count on your support to achieve the success of this project and the rest of our programs.

New year is among us and we bid farewell to 2017 by thanking the trainers who dedicated their time and effort. And to all of our donors, thanks to your generosity, 2017 was a very successful year for us. We look forward to your continued support to CAPTA in the new year.

We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope. THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE CHANGE!

 

We are attaching pictures of the activity for your view. Please let us know of any questions at mercadeo@fundacioncalicanto.org

Moments of thanks
Moments of thanks
Calicanto family
Calicanto family
Union and joy on graduation day
Union and joy on graduation day
Thanks to our coordinator CAPTA Colon
Thanks to our coordinator CAPTA Colon
We count on you next year
We count on you next year

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