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
The smile of being a woman CAPTA
The smile of being a woman CAPTA

CAPTA Panamá has reached the end of the year 2017! This year, more women than ever before had graduated. In total, these are 114 beneficiaries in our main seat in Panamá. Not everything has finished now, there is still the last graduation in Colón left, but this is another history, which we will tell you later...

We are not only counting the 114 women, we are counting their families, too. Because the lives we are changing in the foundation are connected to a lot of different lives. When some years have passed, the change is getting more visible. We will not leave our obligation, to make this world a better world, aside.

The winner of the award “Leader CAPTA” of the 45th course was Liz, a young lady who has shown her strength and desire to exceed since she entered the foundation. Liz, accompanied by her colleagues and teachers, talked about what this experience has meant to her. In the following, you can read her speech, written with emotion and appreciation to all of you as her donors and the foundation:

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, teachers, colleagues:

First of all, I would like to thank god for this special day. I know the CAPTA program due to my sister in law. I said to myself, that I can master this challenge, that I can change, stop being shy and antisocial.

Within the CAPTA program I learned to change my way of being when I saw that most of my classmates and I shared several attitudes that were not pleasant with others.

Nowadays, I can say that we are different women with own decisions, strong and courageous. Thank you to all of our teachers that helped us to change and made us to see that we are valuable. They knew how to deal with us in different circumstances and behaviors, often because of the character we had before entering the foundation. For all the support that you have given us unconditionally, I want to say thank you today.

I thank the donors for all the effort they gave us, so that we have a chance in life, we all know the sacrifices that sometimes need to be done to help others.

I urge my colleagues to take advantage of the opportunity that gave us the Calicanto foundation, that with their opened door they spread the seed of knowledge that each person who made this possible gave us.

I wish everyone success, and may god bless you. Thank you.”

Liz, CAPTA 45 Fundación Calicanto

 

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Liz, CAPTA 45 Panama
Liz, CAPTA 45 Panama
Closing workshop in the classroom
Closing workshop in the classroom
First aid class taught by Cruz Roja Panamena
First aid class taught by Cruz Roja Panamena
Graduacion 45 CAPTA Panama
Graduacion 45 CAPTA Panama

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Calicanto Family
Calicanto Family

It is the end of 2017 and both CAPTA courses, in Panama City as well as in Colón, will be finished very soon. We are feeling very proud that we have achieved so much in a very short time. For the last 10 years we are working for our program and there are more than 1250 graduated women. Without any doubt, these numbers reflect the foundations' progress. Llega el final de este año 2017. Many thanks to the invaluable support that you, as our donors, have given us throughout all this time.

We like to continue growing with you to reach new areas of our program in other parts of the country. The year 2018 already appears in our main plans with projects of economic sustainability and long-term growth.

Everything regarding the future of the foundation has the best omens, but regarding the current year's end, our program in Colón is very likely to be close due to the lack of funds, which are necessary for its economic stability. We have the personal, capacities and necessary installations to realize our work and there are a lot of women, that would like to join our program, but without the necessary donations we cannot afford the help they need. We hope that by December the community, and you as our donors, will turn to us to support the CAPTA Colón.

TOGETHER FOR A NEW OPPORTUNITY.

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Women are united for a better life
Women are united for a better life
Together we celebrate every day of learning
Together we celebrate every day of learning
CAPTA women learn values
CAPTA women learn values
The president on women's graduation day
The president on women's graduation day
Girls learn from women CAPTA
Girls learn from women CAPTA
Graduates ready for a new beginning in their lives
Graduates ready for a new beginning in their lives

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Last days in CAPTA class
Last days in CAPTA class

We are already at the end of September and a new graduation, #44 from Panama City, has culminated! We really feel so emotional for the accomplishments we will achieve in our community. We see us as a strong organization and well prepared for continuing with our new projects and goals.

We have experienced big moments with this group of 25 women. From the emotions of the beginning to the goodbye in the end, we have shared a lot of emotional moments, diversion, reflection, sadness and moments with lots of love and affection by all. We are happy to know, that the new graduated are forming a part of our family. Despite the fact that they will start working, they will always be an active part of our foundation in our workshops and classes, that are made for our ex-participants.

In the last graduation, the chosen one for making the speech in the end for our donors and the Calicanto-family is Angela, the same woman, that has known the report before. Her partners and teachers accompany her and she talked about what this opportunity means to get a new life. In the following, you can read her speech, surely, full with emotions and gratitude to your donors and the foundation:

 

“Very good afternoon Directorate Teachers and all partners.

My name is Ángela, member of the actual CAPTA promotion #44.

I was entering the program because of my sister saying that she has read about CAPTA in Facebook. She was the one who has convinced me to go to the enrollment on 25th July.

I decided to join the program because when I descried what it was about, I saw a big opportunity for me, because I have dreams and I want to achieve my aims, and this program has given me their support to attain each one of them and to make a difference in my life, both, personal and familiar.

Before I entered CAPTA I would have been describing myself as disorientated and negative, but today I am a CAPTA woman, I know where I come from and where I will go. I am always thinking positively since I have learned to adapt myself, to manage my emotions and to communicate assertively with others.

What I liked the most of these 7 weeks was meeting the other women with the same desire as me, fighting women with desire for improvement, strong and brave, which I admire and respect a lot. Even though, there are always obstacles in our way we must know how to persist.

The difficulty for me was to get out of my comfort zone and I had to challenge myself. It was not easy all the time, but I managed it. I am very grateful to all our donors, because only of each one of you, this promotion #44 was fulfilled with great success, just as the previous ones had been fulfilled.

I wish many blessings to all the next participants of this program and I hope that they will have a great success during this process of 7 weeks.

I have made a very good experience during the practice, I have learned a lot of new things, which will be positive and necessary to contribute in the labor market. Finding a good job is a new goal to achieve, which will be the fundament for realizing my dreams. This I have learned during the theatre-classes, which was one of the best classes the program CAPTA is offering. It is formed with excellent teachers and volunteers, which help us to be good women.

Because CAPTA changes families, communities and can change a whole country, too. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”

 

Ángela, CAPTA 44

20/09/2017

Medical examinations for women in Calicanto
Medical examinations for women in Calicanto
One day in family
One day in family
Angela during her speech
Angela during her speech
Certificate delivery by the President
Certificate delivery by the President
Graduation Foundation Calicanto CAPTA 44
Graduation Foundation Calicanto CAPTA 44
During professional internships at the hotel
During professional internships at the hotel
CAPTA women are wonderful
CAPTA women are wonderful

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A new start for CAPTA women
A new start for CAPTA women

The CAPTA program from Calicanto Foundation has meant a real change in the Community of Panama. There are already over 1250 women who have changed their lives for the better, and have thereby improved the life of their family.

Undoubtedly, the donations we receive, both national and international, have helped us to sustain ourselves financially and reach more women each year. When we started this great project in 2005, we were able to graduate about 70 women per year. We are now close to 200 women per year, and we continue to grow thanks to the unconditional support of donors who come from all over the world.

We are now in Colon and Panama city, and we keep working to reach new communities in need. Right now we are working with our 4th group in Panama and our 3rd group in Colon this year. We will close the year with 2 more groups of 30 women each.

We feel that our results are important, but it is more important to show you what CAPTA women feel and think about the program. Next you will read an interview a volunteer had with Angela, a woman of our 4th group in 2017:

 

1. How would you describe yourself?

I am a 27 year old woman, entrepreneur and unique. I am also an excellent mother of an 8 year old boy.

 

2. What does the Calicanto Foundation mean to you?

Calicanto Foundation means the beginning; Now I am able to undertake and achieve what I want to be in the future. For me it is a great opportunity because I feel I have a new mission in life that I have to fulfill and I will do my best to have a better quality of life. 

 

3. In what ways do you think the program helps the girls who enter it?

The CAPTA program is a support program for women who are most in need. It is for those women who want to fight for their dreams, but who have not yet managed to know how to do it. I feel that the same program gives the opportunity to those people who have not found necessary support in others. Thanks God there is the CAPTA program.

 

4. How do you see yourself in the future?

I see myself being a CAPTA woman who wants to teach everything she learns here to her Community, because they gave me the opportunity and I put it into practice whith my family and neighbors, so that we can change all our Community. The idea is to move forward together.

 

5. What does your family tell you about this decision you made to join the Foundation?

My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world and I have her support one hundred percent. My family supports me and that motivates me a lot to keep going.

 

6. What are you going to miss most about CAPTA?

 From the first day I arrived here I felt an inner emotion to know my the teachers, but at the same time I felt afraid for everything new that I was going to face, but now that fear is gone, and everything has changed. I will miss my friends; I will miss them very much. I have thought of that many times, we are great companions. I will also miss my teachers because I would have the desire to see them again in each of their classes; I will miss them very much.

 

7. Do you think the Foundation's work is important?

The Calicanto Foundation has many goals, and we are part of it, and that is very nice because it makes you feel important, part of something great. They have many goals of improvement outlined towards a surpassing and fighter woman, a woman ready to face any obstacle from the labor and personal areas.

I believe in what they do in support of women, and when I can I would like to support the Foundation and be a volunteer to help other women like me.

Angela, in one of her learning classes
Angela, in one of her learning classes

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In Calicanto Foundation year 2017 has come strong including a lot of changes. We are in a new office that we had to adapt to fit the needs of the program and the administrative team; also we had the challenge to work with 9 CAPTA groups, 4 in Colon city and 5 in Panama City.

We are also beginning a new project to ensure the sustainability of the foundation and give the women an opportunity to practice in a different working area than Housekeeper.

Since January we have worked with:

24 women in CAPTA 1 Panama

22 women in CAPTA 2 Panama

23 women in CAPTA 3 Panama

26 women in CAPTA 1 Colon

22 women in CAPTA 2 Colon 

Summarizing 117 women trained from January to July 2017.

We work with groups of 20 to 30 women per CAPTA, so our goal is that all the women that enter the course finish the vocational and the fundamental cycle, with a dropout rate of 9% (Colon City) and 2% (Panama city) we know we are achieving our goal. Also we organize an employment fair and we invite different organizations to participate and interview the girls for a job opportunity. 

We want the CAPTA women become economically independent individuals and agents of positive change in their community.  

The statistics speak for themselves: 74% of CAPTA graduates are working, most of them in the restaurant industry.

We work every day to ensure that all our graduates have job opportunities or even become entrepreneurs with a business of their own.

CAPTA is a program that helps women to dream and make that dream a reality. It teaches them to believe in themselves and to respect themselves, to be a role model for their children, family and community.

 

Testimony of Erika- CAPTA 2 Panama

“Good afternoon companions, donors and Calicanto team. It is my pride to talk to each of you on behalf of all my companions. I would like to tell you how I feel about CAPTA program. It’s not only a training to get a job, it’s a program that transforms lives, it did it with mine, today I am a different person thanks to the decision to take this course.

I would like to thank all those people who have made this possible, I made the decision because, as you can see, I’m an one of the oldest women in the group that’s why it was difficult for me to get a job, but I needed a job. My daughter helped with the family expenses, but she moved and suddenly it was more difficult for me to meet the expenses all by my own. I learned about this program through a niece, a friend of hers saw the ad on social media and I took the opportunity.

It has been the most enriching experience and the most successful decision I have ever made.

Before the course I was an insecure person, I hardly laughed. I am now a completely different person than I was before. Here I learned of fellowship, commitment, solidarity. I learned to value myself, I learned that if I wanted to be respected I must also respect myself. One of the classes that I can mention is Self-esteem; I went from being an insecure woman to standing today in front of you talking about my personal life without pain or fear. From Assertive Communication I learned how to say things without hurting people.

 

For me, the most difficult part of the program was leaving things aside so I could arrive early and be punctual. It was difficult because in the process there were changes, I told my family that this was a complete change that was happening in my life.

 

To the future women who will enter CAPTA, I want to tell you that it’s not only a training, it’s something deeper, more special. I feel that things have improved for me.

I am already fulfilling my goals, one of them was to be able to graduate from this program and today I can say with certainty that I’m an empowered woman, empowered was a word that I didn’t even know the meaning before being here.

 

To all women who need a person by their side to feel safe and protected: I want to tell you that everything that you seek in another person, you can find in yourself. Get up every morning, smile at life even in the midst of problems.

 

Thanks again to all the people who make this program possible and congratulations girls.”

 

Since 2005 we have worked with more than 1000 women, and counting. We strongly believe in second opportunities, in empowering women and teaching them to be a positive role model in their families and communities.

If we change a woman, we change a family. If we change a family, we change a community.

Erika during her speech in CAPTA 2 graduation
Erika during her speech in CAPTA 2 graduation
Graduation Ceremony CAPTA 2 Panama
Graduation Ceremony CAPTA 2 Panama
CAPTA 2 in Panama 2017
CAPTA 2 in Panama 2017
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