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
Write a Review

See How 3Hrs Can Help

More Info

EIN 27-1153328
303-444-8193
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

Even though we were not part of the trip to San Pedro or the volunteer group, we were able to see the amazing job WWT is doing for girls in Guatemala.

From the dedicated planning of activities, to the quality of character possessed by all the people working for the group, we have never seen a group more devoted and dedicated to their organization.

Not in a million years, could we have imagined meeting such a wonderful group of people working together for a common cause, not only putting the needs of others before their own, but actually becoming involved in the life of those being helped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

People have told us how their work was done in San Pedro and how it positively affected the life of the people involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any changes at all.

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I met this incredible people. I’ve seen them work with San Pedro´s women and it’s really amazing to see the enthusiasm and energy they put in their work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I’ve seen local girls (now adults) quit school so early that hurts so deeply; they become men’s slaves and cannot go any further in life. That’s why I feel so grateful to WWT Some of my students belong to the local Girl Club and they are changing a lot. Lots of wonderful changes have taken place; older women are beginning to realize the importance of educating their girls and sending them to school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Promote the participation of girls by creating spaces for them to speak

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched this group grow from the passion of a single person to the enthusiastic and effective participation of highly accomplished volunteers actively transforming the lives of women and girls in rural Guatemalan villages. It is truly amazing what a small group of dedicated people can accomplish!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking with members of the village who have visited the States

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I only wish I could join this organization

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

thank you so much for allyou doing, is really niece of you. God bless you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Girls Clubs in the villages

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it in other towns, not just in San Pedro Sacatepequez

Was this review helpful?