Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Providing Life Skills For Rural Mayan Girls -EDUCATE A WOMAN CHANGE THE WORLD-

Dear Readers,

I am writing  to strongly encourage you to donate to this project. It is a well managed project impacting the population, that in my opinion,  is the most vulnerable and at the same time the one that can create the most impact: MAYAN GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN. Education can transform a woman's life and the prospects of her family and community.

42% of the population is Mayan Indigena
75% live in poverty conditions
74% of the girls under 10 are registered in school
19% are still in school by age 16.

Education is not valued and encouraged enough in Mayan communities and certainly it is less of a priority  to educate women. When girls are old enough to start working around the house or in the field they are taken out of school, some will start having children by age 14 and even if they want to keep studying the family decision prevails. This project  is making a strong intentional effort to provide opportunities to Mayan women to have a safe environment to grow their intellectual and life skills, working also on their self image and self appreciation.

The project works with young women between 17 an 20 years old, teaching them leadership and life skills through a scholarship and a payed internship with the ONG.

Young women  then work in the community with young girls between 10 and 15 years old and their mothers on skills such as decision making, team work, life planning, reproductive health, etc.

During this 30 day fundraising if  $20,000 is reached international donations will be doubled. Take a minute or two to explore the web site, there is no small amount, donations start at $10.00.


Educate a Girl, a Woman, Change the World

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nancy said...

Could you tell me the name of the organization, as I'm a little confused if it's Global Giving or what. Thanks.
Nancy in the US

ale said...

Dear Nancy,

The program "Creating Opportunities" is part of the Population Council's work in Guatemala since 2004. We were competitively selected to participate in the Girl Effect Challenge at Global Giving. Funds raised go directly to girl club and mentorship activities. Please post any additional questions on our wall http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-life-skills-for-rural-mayan-girls/wall/, we'll be happy to elaborate!