Women Work Together

Rating: 4.87 stars   31 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 3232 Sixth Street % Diane Dvorin Boulder CO 80304-2107 USA

Mission: The mission of Women Work Together is to raise the socio-economic status of Guatemalan women and girls by cultivating and strengthening their ability to work effectively in groups and aspire to leadership, thus accelerating positive changes in their lives and in their communities.
Results: During 2010 Women Work Together made 2 working trips to San Pedro Sacatepéquez, spending a total of 7 weeks there working directly with over 1500 women and girls from rural villages, plus 30 U.S. and Guatemalan volunteers. More specifically, • WWT established an ongoing Leadership Institute program for junior high age girls to include follow-up through the girls’ transition to young adulthood. • WWT visited ten rural Girls Clubs (average size 35), each started by girls from our Leadership Institute. The members briefed us on their progress and plans, and we facilitated team-building workshops. • WWT worked with the City to establish a paid team of extension workers whom we are training to support our work with Women’s Groups and Girls Clubs in 14 villages. • WWT recruited Girls Club members’ mothers and community mentors to collaborate with our extension workers and the girls’ teachers to support each Club. • WWT continued working with Women’s Groups, offering more than 30 workshops on team building and empowerment. During 2011, Women Work Together will return to San Pedro with volunteer teams in March and November. On each trip we will advance our Leadership Institute and Women’s Workshops, work with Girls’ Clubs, train local extension workers, and strengthen our partnership with the SPS Women’s Office. We will also incorporate two new emphases: • WWT will introduce Madres e Hijas (Mothers and Daughters) a program to join the two generations in their efforts to educate girls. The Women’s Workshops will provide a place for mothers to strategize around the challenges of sending their daughters (even just one) to school and consider the effects on their lives of their own lack of education. • WWT will step-up our recruiting and training of local university students, mothers, and community members to work with the Women’s Office team year round, and alongside our U.S. volunteers during our field trips.
Target demographics: Our primary target is junior high age girls 12-16 years old in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala, along with women in these same villages, the girls' teachers, a dedicated corps of municipally-funded extension workers, university-based interns and other community volunteers.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 100 girls attend the Leadership Institute; the14 Girls Clubs membership totals 500 + girls; Womens Workshops touch another 500 + women; trainings for outreach workers, teachers, interns and other SPS volunteers impact some 50 people; about 20-25 volunteers travel to San Pedro to work with us and staff our workshops side-buy-side with our partners there.
Geographic areas served: San Pedro Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Guatemala
Programs: Leadership Institute for Junior High Age Girls, Girls Clubs, Book Circles, Women Workshops, Trainings for City staff, teachers, university interns and community volunteers.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

I know the people in Women Work Together (WWT), and I have watched the organization develop since it's inception. They are a truly wonderful group of people doing fabulous grassroots work with women and girls in Guatemala. If you speak Spanish and are interested in volunteer work in Latin America, this is a great organization to work with. It's an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of women and girls in Guatemala. And if you are not in a position to be a hands on volunteer, but are looking for quality, grassroots organizations to support, then WWT is a great place to invest your financial resources.

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Have more people volunteer to travel to Guatemala.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I went to San Pedro with WWT last March (2010). As someone who has traveled a good deal in Latin America, I can tell you the work they are doing is pretty unique. By partnering with a local government committed to changing the lives of rural indigenous women and girls, WWT is able provide real empowerment tools and make leaders of the women and girls they train. In a few short years, they have been able to touch so many lives, providing concrete ways for local people to visualize a different future and change their communities.

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Seeing the way participants could express themselves as leaders and problem solvers.

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Find more resources to increase their capacity to work locally.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began my work with Women Work Together (Mujeres Trabajan Unidas) more than two years ago as the organization's very first volunteer. To say that my experience with the organization has exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. Not only does the drive and savvy of the team push me and motivate me as a volunteer, but the amazing results touch my heart in ways other volunteer experiences haven't come close. After the last leadership institute, I had numerous mother's approach me near tears saying how grateful they are for everything we've done and how they are happy their daughters are given an opportunity to grow in ways that they were never able to.The founders identified a real need not only in Guatemala but also in the development field in general and I am confident that the organization will continue to grow.

I am now halfway through my first year of law school and just spent my spring break volunteering for the organization a second time. Although the days I spent there were hard work and I can't say that I managed to make up sleep like many of my classmates, I can say I was rejuvenated in a different way. There is a lesson innately different in seeing leadership power, ideas, and confidence grow than in studying how it grows in school. At the institute we are constantly impressed with how thoughtful girls are with their ideas about fostering community growth and how they can be a part of it. Most of all, I think the girls are impressed with themselves and with each other...making the experience more memorable for the girls and the leadership community self-thriving. The girls aren't the only one's who are changed after the institutes...these experiences motivate me through any given school day and will also motivate me throughout my career.

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Seeing how community development can be encouraged through facilitating ideas.

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The organization needs more funding and volunteers. The demand for women/girl's support services outstrips the NGO's existing resources.

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