Background and Needs:
Due to cultural and economic issues, it is very common that women in Guatemala do not complete their studies. FUNDENOR offers scholarships to girls in various communities in the Verapaces so that they can keep studying. One group of girls from communities in San Cristóbal Verapaz meet once a month to discuss a variety of issues that interest them. Topics include sexual education, studying tips, clarifying dreams and making handicrafts. FUNDENOR also helps to sponsor two larger annual workshops to work on leadership skills, self-esteem and community development. It is hoped that using the arts and popular education techniques will help enhance these important workshops that encourage the women to stay in school.
These workshops with the scholarship girls are intended to strengthen their leadership skills, keep the girls motivated and tgive them an open space to reflect on their studies and who they are as strong individuals. Various artistic means such as handicrafts and icebreakers will be utilized in each workshop. The first meeting was used to determine the girls' interests. Most of the subsequent monthly meetings will be facilitated, in part, by one of the girls.
There are two larger annual workshops that will also be organized and planned by the girls. I will help facilitate each workshop by motivating participants, developing leadership, building self-esteem and encouraging community-building within the group.