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Guatemalan Mobile School's Project Underway
March 3, 2008 - Early Childhood and Youth Empowerment

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In rural Guatemala, the cycle of poverty for women and children is made worse from cultural attitudes that discriminate against woman's participation in education and decision-making. EGCF has partnered with CARE to support a year long initiative in the southwestern department of San Marcos, Guatemala to bring change to some of Guatemala's poorest communities of indigenous mayan women. (see map below) The Mobile Schools for Young Female Mayan Leaders project trains participants on social and financial issues that can improve their lives and communities through strengthened leadership roles and enhanced economic independence.   The project engaged in preliminary research to determine the most relevant subjects to potential participants. In turn, training guides were created and printed and the project currently has 45 participants from 15 communities within the Comitancillo municipality.  Seven workshops have been held on numerous empowerment issues ranging from domestic violence, gender equity, and advocacy.  The project will also expand and improve small business enterprises of the 45 women by facilitating classes on business management, accounting and marketing.  Short term goals for the project include expansion into three other municipalities.  Another update will follow at the project completion in the 2nd quarter of this year.  EGCF is pleased to be able to partner with CARE on this project.

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.