For over two decades, Asociacion de Mujeres del Altiplano (AMA) has been a force of healing, community-directed development, and civic engagement, run by indigenous women for indigenous women. We need your help to empower a group of 200 more women through our 2-year program which provides behavioral health programming for trauma, health and civic education, and the resources to enable Maya women to lead their communities out of poverty and dependency.
Indigenous women of the Guatemalan highlands have historically been blocked from civic engagement through a lack of time, energy, education, and the encouragement of past role models. Generations of trauma have crafted narratives of dependency and helplessness from which escape is no easy feat. AMA is a federation of 15 indigenous communities supporting each other in our healing and development. With your contribution, we can support and partner with 200 more women in 10 different communities.
We support women to organize themselves around their strengths and opportunities to facilitate: 1. Behavioral health services for trauma, including peer-to-peer counseling, 2. Education in literacy, nutrition, and hygiene, 3. Civic participation in local governance as well as ongoing programs and social enterprises that benefit our communities, and 4. Training in enterprise and business acumen to identify business opportunities to sustain our communities.
We will provide our 2-year program to 200 more women, growing our network to 10 new communities, and empowering them with the capacity and agency to be active change agents for their communities and break cycles of poverty and dependency.