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
Raquel during her first day in CAPTA
Raquel during her first day in CAPTA

CAPTA is a program that reinforces self-esteem, leadership and empowers women to achieve their dreams. The program works with two cycles during 7 weeks of training:
                                                   

                                               The Foundation Cycle  +  The Vocational Training

 During the Foundation cycle, women have the opportunity to learn about life skills in different modules as: Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, Assertive Communication, Reproductive Health, and other classes that conform a cycle with more than 28 modules. Once they had finished the first cycle, they enter the second cycle: the vocational training, in which women have the opportunity to practice as a housekeeper in various hotels in Panama and Colon city. For most of them, this means their first job.

We celebrate the ending of the program with a graduation ceremony, and then CAPTA women start their journey as empowered and self-confident women.

We can explain the program, but there’s no better way to understand it than learning about one of our graduates experience: this is the story of Raquel.

 

“I entered this course because it was difficult for me to get a job and I got this opportunity through a flyer about the CAPTA program for those women who wanted a better quality of life for them and their families. That's how I came to Calicanto Foundation.

 

I was a very quiet and isolated person, even with my partners I was shy and I did not like sharing with my family.


I did not like to talk. When I first entered CAPTA classes I felt alone, without knowing anyone.

The most difficult thing for me in this course was to work as a team. It was hard for me to build a bond with my classmates.

But then I started learning how to participate and speak in public, and that was one of my favorite parts of the program. Teachers always kept us high self-esteem and taught us tools to solve conflicts that sometimes arise in our families and jobs. I will remember all this learnings and I will put them into practice. I’m even giving the speech of my CAPTA group during our graduation ceremony, and I feel as a strong and confident woman.


To all those women who are about to enter this training, do not hesitate, it is worth making a sacrifice for a better tomorrow, for your family and for yourselves. It will not be easy, you just have to do your best and you will see that the obstacles will be left behind and will be more women of CAPTA groups. For me it was a great challenge and today I can be glad to tell you that I will start a new job in a few days. I thank the Foundation and all the staff.

To the donors I thank you for supporting each of us, for placing this trust in us, do not be discouraged because with your help Calicanto Foundation can have more promotions and More women CAPTA.” 

 

Raquel during graduation ceremony, 41st CAPTA group- 2017

 

More than 1000 graduated CAPTA women, and counting!

The speech in the graduation ceremony
The speech in the graduation ceremony
41st group of CAPTA women
41st group of CAPTA women
CAPTA classes
CAPTA classes
Raquel in the Emotional Intelligence class
Raquel in the Emotional Intelligence class
CAPTA group during the graduation ceremony
CAPTA group during the graduation ceremony
Raquel
Raquel
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CAPTA classroom
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Life in Colon City
Life in Colon City

CAPTA Program in Colon - A review of CAPTA Colon 4

 The city of Colón is one of the poorest cities in Panama. Their community is invaded by violence and discrimination, but the colonenses are ready to demonstrate their value, their desire to work and lead to Colon being the logistics and hotel center of the country.

 In 2016 we began the challenge of replicating CAPTA program in Colón and we had the immense support of the United States Embassy as the main collaborator with the project. The Embassy will work with us until 2017 (2 years), and by the end of this year we will have worked with more than 240 women from Colon and impacted their families.

 Each CAPTA group start with a recruitment session, in which a group of psychologists have interviews with every women interested to enter the program. During the 4th CAPTA group the recruitment session included 42 women, of those 30 were chosen to begin the course after the appropriate introduction and interview sessions that included the drug testing and uniform measuring sessions. Of those 30 women:

  • Twenty-nine women entered the 5-week Fundamental Cycle.
  • Twenty-nine women were benefited from the vocational training held at various hotels in Colon and Panama City.

The fundamental cycle consists of 28 class modules, in which CAPTA women are trained in emotional intelligence, conflict management, English, computer, among other subjects that help them to act as agents of change in the community.

 Vocational Training

Once they had finished the first cycle the girls began the practice as Housekeeper at various hotels in the city of Colon and Panamá, this practice lasted two weeks and they had the opportunity to practice in a real job.

Many of the women had the opportunity to practice in hotels in the city of Panama, and were even hired.

We are now working in create alliances with organizations and people who believe in Colon and help us with different classes and workshops for the CAPTA women, and we believe that there is a prosperous and bright future for Colon City.

Classes in CAPTA Colon
Classes in CAPTA Colon
Colon City
Colon City
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CAPTA Colon Women
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Mildonia's family
Mildonia's family

CAPTA is a program that reinforces leadership, self-esteem and empowers women to achieve their dreams. During 2015 we had 5 CAPTA groups, each one with different women who had their own struggle and where trying to fight for their family and themselves.

Today, we have more than 850 women graduated, and we are working to replicate the program in different cities in Panama.

Testimonials

Let’s meet Mildonia, she is a woman who graduated from CAPTA program during 2016:

“My name is Mildonia, I am 45 years old and I have four children”.  Mildonia lives in poverty, before starting the program she was dedicated to finding ways to support her family with informal jobs.

She took on the challenge of starting CAPTA and went through a long road of change and improvement. 

“The experience I had in Calicanto as a woman made me change my personality, I learned to make-up myself, and to project myself because I was very shy before”.

“When I graduated from CAPTA, I started as a general assistant in Grupo Rey and a few weeks later the manager promoted me to cashier and I accepted the challenge. I want to continue to grow professionally, and be promoted to office worker. I also want to take English classes. Everything that I learned, helped and the experience I have lived has help me a lot.”

CAPTA program is now growing, as we stared in Colon city this year. We are very excited about it, and we discovered that women in Colon are really different from women in Panama city, but their problems remains the same.  They just need someone who believes in their potential, and give them the opportunity to change.

CAPTA sows in them the seed of change and improvement, which is replicated in their children, in their family and community.

 

"If you change a woman, you change a family and if you change a family, you change the community".

Mildonia's dream is to finish her house
Mildonia's dream is to finish her house
Mildonia working in Grupo Rey
Mildonia working in Grupo Rey
Mildonia as a cashier
Mildonia as a cashier
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Liz
Liz

Jassiel: Goal

CAPTA changed a lot of things in my life. It changed me a lot as a person and as well my character.

I had to change my character because I used to be very aggressive towards my family. I learned not to be anxious anymore while I speaking publicly. I’m not afraid of it anymore! Now, I can even speak in front of cameras.

 

Liz: Opportunity

It was a way of getting into the course and currently I am doing my internship in the hotel and it feels like it is an opportunity. Maybe I could start working from now on. It is still a new experience for me and it gives as well the chance to improve myself and to take advantage of the classes. The old Liz was disorganized but now I am less disorganized.

I met classmates who were more extroverted than me and it felt overwhelming. Now I speak more than I spoke before and its true, the new Liz is more serious and stops being too relax. But then again I matured a lot and I had a lot of positive changes. The new Liz hopes to continue learning and improving, I want to do the things I left behind, like pick up my studies again. I know that there is a better future and if I force myself a little bit more and if I keep on moving we’ll see how far I will get.

Shahaneth: Inspiration

The word that resumes my experience is inspiration. Why inspiration? Because I was a person who had no inspiration to do anything. To be honest, I never thought about what I want nor where I want to get and that’s why the engagement within CAPTA was a way to have dreams. It was like a tool and I told myself: This is the time!

I started noticing my goals when I started to think about what I want to reach and I started to inspire myself and I realized that I can go further and give more of me. Not just because I had my children or that I had to be at home and take care of them, I have to look after them and their future and because of all that I have to reach my goals, my dreams and I have to inspire myself and you have to notice that the things that are there, it doesn’t matter how challenging they could be, you have to fight to exhaust it! CAPTA was my stepping stone because if I wouldn’t had got to CAPTA I would be at home looking after my kids. I wanted to embrace the goals I have now – that I have a job, to have a better quality of life and to give this to my children. Not just the material things. I don’t want them to see their mother just as a housemaid if not it is a person who is taking care of them and who is not just sitting around and bringing the money home. I want to fight for what I need and what I want and they’ll see it in me and therefore they’ll do the same: to study, to graduate, to fulfill their dreams and reach their goals and to get to the point they want to reach.

 

“If we change a woman, We change a family. If we change a family, We change a community”

Shahaneth
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Yanina is a one of our first graduates in Colon
Yanina is a one of our first graduates in Colon

Dear friends, we have some news to give you since our last report regarding the CAPTA Pilot in Colon: we have graduated 26 women in Colon; 81% of them completed the course with high levels of leadership and a 65% with a significant improvement in their self-esteem. Eleven percent of the women started working after the course and 56% of them are seeking employment, mainly in supermarkets and in the customer service industry.

One of our graduates shares her story . . .

Yanina is a 37 year-old, single mother of three; she lives in Colon and heard about our training program while she was unemployed and paying for her family’s basic needs through informal jobs. The variety of classes that make up the CAPTA program really motived her to enroll in the course, from basic life skills to a technical training at one of the best hotel schools in the country. Yanina likes to learn new things and because education is so important to her she was one of the first students to get a scholarship in Colon.

“We are worthy” she said, “if you want to become someone you have to be prepared for what life brings you” that is why she invites all women who are in the same position as her to join the program.

For Yanina, one of the most notable changes in her life was the relationship with her children. “I wasn't listening to them" she says, in turn this was emotionally pushing her away from her children. The Family Relations class helped Yanina change her communication style with her children, making up for all the years she was absent from them. “For example, when we sit at the table, they ask me about my day and I ask about theirs, our communication is better now” she adds, “As a single mother I have to be a role model for them”.

She believes that CAPTA can make major changes in Colon, “the program has a lot to offer to women like me who were self-conscious and insecure; often times when we get stepped on by men, we are afraid to go on by ourselves and afraid to fail. With this course, I learned that you have to work hard if you want to succeed, so “I dare those women who are afraid and self-conscious like I was, to join CAPTA because the course is amazing and they will love it!” concludes Yanina.

Executive Director, Dalys Rodriguez, says that “in every tear and every smile we see genuine change in the lives of each of these women… Together we are changing Colon”.

You can see the full video in Spanish on the following link: CAPTA Women Testimonial.

 

For more information, visit:

www.fundacioncalicanto.org

www.facebook.com/fundacioncalicanto.org

@fundcalicanto

First recruitment of CAPTA in Colon.
First recruitment of CAPTA in Colon.
Receiving her scholarship.
Receiving her scholarship.
Our beneficiaries in their vocational training
Our beneficiaries in their vocational training
Proud to be a CAPTA graduate!
Proud to be a CAPTA graduate!
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Location: Panama City, Panama - Panama
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Gabriela Valencia
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