Sofia speaks with girls in a classroom in Santa Maria Chiquimula in Guatemala. © Photo/Stuart Ramson
"Before this program I was blind to the possibilities that I have as a young woman. I didn't know I had rights." Karen, 17, shared with us her appreciation and gratitude for a Girl Up supported program that has taught her how to read and write.
Throughout the week, I met girls from various communities in Guatemala who, because of Girl Up supported programs, are becoming empowered leaders. I have learned and seen firsthand the discrimination and lack of opportunities girls face here, but by visiting the programs and hearing the girls use their voices, I can see that change really is possible. It is programs like these that are not only changing the lives of the participants, but are also helping to shift the mindset of the rest of the communities.
It is girls like Maria, Karen, and Vivian who are breaking the cycle of poverty by standing up for themselves and the generations that follow. Join us in supporting programs like these so that all girls no matter where they live they have the opportunity to be counted, safe, healthy and empowered to be leaders in their communities.