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Update on Mobile Schools for Young Female Mayan Leaders Project
July 28, 2008 - Early Childhood and Youth Empowerment

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As an update to the Mobile Schools project in Guatemala, (see March 3rd article), EGCF is pleased to announce the results of this year long partnership with CARE. The Mobile Schools project targeted rural areas of Guatemala, where discrimination, illiteracy and poverty effectively deny women and girls of local Mayan communities the ability to gain an education.  This educational empowerment project empowered young Mayan women to realize their rights, participate in community leadership roles and strengthen their economic productivity through income-generating activity.

In the last six months, workshops were attended by 50 young women and girls where 16 interactive trainings included topics such as gender equity, advocacy, civic leadership and nutrition.  Armed with new skills and knowledge, the project then leveraged these 50 trained young women by having them conduct further training in 25 additional communities.  In total, an additional 493 young girls and women were trained.  This is a key example of moving a project to 'scale' with minimal cost. Since April of this year, a number of participants have taken on leadership roles in their community development councils , which is an almost unheard of accomplishment in these communities.  Lastly the project successfully launched learning exchanges between three Guatemalan women's organizations focused on economic development, where participants were trained in income generating activities that can be started in their own communities. 

EGCF commends the work of the Mobile Schools for Young Female Mayan Leaders Project.  Empowering young women and giving them the ability to improve their family's finances, ultimately impacts the youngest members of the families, reaping the multiple benefits that trickle down from such a project including a more stable home, diet and access to education.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. www.care.org.