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: 5 stars  

Women Work Together continues to do remarkable work in San Pedro Sacatepéquez, advancing girls' leadership, raising the visibility of educated girls and strengthening family and community commitment to sending their daughters to school. With each working visit, our Guatemalan partners take more ownership of the participatory programs and are now running them year round on their own.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just returned from my 4th volunteer trip to Guatemala on behalf of Women Work Together in less 18 months. It's exciting to report that WWT is successfully building capacity on the ground in San Pedro Sacatepequez to engage, educate and empower girls and women there around our core campaign: Manda Tu Hija a La Escuela (Send Your Daughter to School). With good reason, I am very optimistic about the terrific working partnership with the Oficina Municipal de la Mujer (Women's Affairs Office) and other San Pedro community leaders.

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

working directly with girls and women in San Pedro Sacatepequez. Going back and seeing the growth in the girls' individually and their participation in their local Girls Clubs. Working closely with municipal and other community leaders there, seeing them execute the plans we agree on. Seeing the growth in the abilities of the cadre of local outreach workers we've established and trained to carry out the programs with the Girls Clubs and women's groups.

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

Identify sources of funding, support and mentorship that would support paid staff to maximize and leverage the potential of this terrific working model.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From the first presentation I attended regarding what WWT's mission and activities were about, I was enthusiastic. Subsequent to volunteering with them in Guatemala, I joined the Board. My time and money have been well used.
This Mayan community welcomes us and jointly conducts workshops. Our partners in Guatemala continue to guide and mentor the woman and girls in their efforts toward self improvement.
The results and enthusiasm are apparent, during our time there and as the reports of activities pour in through the year. There is a wonderful synergy in combining the talents of North and Central America. The community's future will be greater as well with educated, empowered girl's and the women they will become.

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

Each attendee participated enthusiastically and gained experience they could use in their daily lives and work. Everyone appreciated this chance to gain some new skills and build on their social network. They expressed that educated, competent women and girls are key to improving the entire community. They want a better life and see that keeping girls in school, literacy for adults and cooperation though combining the abilities within groups are powerful means to that end.

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

More resources - money and volunteers. Demand outstrips how many and how often workshops/training are conducted. The local government supports the programs as they are able but need our contributions- financial and our talent. Other communities have asked to have this presented in there villages. Better funding would allow some paid professional staff, strengthen WWT and allow more outreach.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WWT makes a big impact for a small organization. With top notch workshops aimed at girls and women in one town in Guatemala, it draws in the community and creates a model that could be replicated elsewhere. Part of the uniqueness is WWT works in partnership with the local government and leaders. To see the girls and women before and after the workshops is transformational. They are inspired and empowered to make positive change for themselves and their community. Giving them the opportunity in the workshops to speak their voices, act as leaders,articulate goals and ways to reach them, receive support to stay in school, helps them to make a difference and improve.

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

seeing first hand the impact this org.has on the local women and girls, their teachers and principals; the dedication and support from the local government officials.

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

infuse more money so to enable more workshops and trips. WWT has a replicable process and a big impact.

 
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