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VEGA BAJA, TRAINING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN NICARAGUA

Vega Baja offers job training for women from underserved areas of Nicaragua's Pacific Coast. This training enables them to take on skilled jobs and earn higher salaries.

Vega Baja also helps women start or improve small businesses, commercialize their products, take advantage of micro-finance opportunities, etc. 

Since its inception in 1999, Vega Baja has helped over 725 women start or expand small businesses.


KAMALINI, IMPROVING WOMEN’S LIVES IN INDIA

Female illiteracy in India stands at 45%. Many young girls dropout from school and migrate to rapidly developing cities in search of jobs in order to support their families. Due to lack of adequate marketable skills these women often have no choice but to take up informal work, for which —without regulations and laws to protect them— they are often underpaid and undervalued.

Since opening its doors in 2007, Kamalini Professional Training Center for Women (Gurgaon, India) has helped hundreds of underserved girls and women complete their education and receive specialized skill training. As a result, all have access to better job opportunities and some have started their own businesses.


BOMOKO, BRINGING AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION IN DR CONGO

An estimated that 80% of the population of DR Congo live below the poverty line. Life expectancy is 52 years, and the infant mortality rate is 128/1000.

The precarious situation of the education sector is a source of social unease in a country where over 50% of the population is under 18 years old. Illiteracy among young people is high and only some 50% of children are able to attend school. BOMOKO, a consortium of Congolese Healthcare and Education NGOs, is working to make universal primary and secondary education accessible to all, while improving the education standards to provide Congolese youth with the skills they need to help rebuild their country in the years to come.

For the most part, the healthcare infrastructure is in a state of total disrepair and the hygiene and safety conditions are largely unsuitable. In addition, healthcare professionals have little training resources and many have limited experience to provide effective healthcare services. A number of people, particularly in rural areas, have no easy access to healthcare professionals and facilities. Bomoko is working to change this.


SERRANÍA , COMBATING POVERTY AND ILLITERACY IN JARABACOA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Although the Dominican Republic is one of the largest economies in the Caribbean, about 40% of the population still lives below the poverty line, primarily in rural areas. Overall participation in the job market in rural areas is 50%, of which only 29% are women. To combat poverty and its many structural problems, Serranía Technical School of Hospitality provides specialized skill training to women and girls from rural areas in the fields of Nutrition, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Event Planning, Business and Entrepreneurship, so they can have access to higher paying jobs and/or start their own businesses.


KUMBEL TRAINING CENTER, IMPROVING THE LIVES OF WOMEN FROM RURAL KAZAKHSTAN

Young women in rural areas of Kazakhstan have limited access to education and opportunities for advancement, suffer gender discrimination and are likely to fall into alcoholism and prostitution. Some migrate to urban areas in search of a better life, but their lack of formal education and training limit their job opportunities and ability to improve their lives and financial situation. Kazakhstan Foundation for Cultural, Social and Educational Development (KFCSED) is addressing these needs in a two-way approach: 

  • Providing education, skill training and personal development to women from rural areas
  • Raising awareness and promoting a culture of solidarity among young women from urban areas.

SIRAMÁ, ENABLING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EL SALVADOR

Since 1970 Siramá Foundation has sought to provide a response to the needs of Salvadoran women. Since its beginnings, it has emphasized in the training of women seeking their personal and professional development, providing them with tools to be agents of change in their family and community environment. More than 45,000 women have benefited from our programs.

In response to the country’s high and increasing rates of poverty, violence and inequality, the skills taught are based on 3 components: human, technical and entrepreneurial. 


MONTEMIRA, ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND SKILL JOBS FOR GIRLS FROM RURAL AREAS OF EL SALVADOR

Young women from rural areas have limited access to education. This in turn leads to an exclusion from the labor market. To address these needs, Asociación de Fomento Cultural y Deportivo (AFCyD) opened Montemira School in 1977. Since then, Montemira has helped thousands of girls complete secondary school, high school and receive certificates of various professional skills.  Montemira gives these young women an opportunity to improve their quality of life, enter the skill labor market after graduating or continue into higher education, and break away from the vicious circle of poverty.


Los Samanes, Taking personal education to young girls who live in slum Areas OF VENEZUELA

Hunger, poverty, a lack of hygiene and safety conditions are all barriers to a proper education. In Venezuela, the Instituto Los Samanes has been working to take personal education to those young girls who live in slum areas. Women who receive a formal education are more likely to become entrepreneurs, invest in their communities, build a solid family and empower other women; then the toxic cycle of poverty becomes a cycle of prosperity. 

Since 1988, Los Samanes has given formal education to more than 5,000 girls and their families. Not counting the many girls who, since 1975, received training courses for work. Currently, with $200 you can offer a whole year’s education to a student of Los Samanes. 

Los Samanes uses the building of the Colegio Los Campitos in Caracas and the Colegio Altamira in Maracaibo after normal school hours. They share with these schools their education philosophy and part of their staff. Los Samanes offers a privileged level of education to women who come from slum areas.


Pitahaya and Kasanay, Helping women IN VENEZUELA establish a personal project, to grow spiritually and professionally

Four out of every ten Venezuelan women play the leading role in their families. This is a determining factor in the social and economic development of the country. A young girl living in poverty, given the opportunity to improve professionally and obtain an all-round formation, becomes the starting point in the change that can take place, not only in her personal life, or in her family circle, but in the entire community. And this is what we seek to achieve at Kasanay and Pitahaya, by means of the training programs we have established: to give these women the chance to establish their own personal project, and to grow humanly, spiritually and professionally, specifically in the area of hospitality.

The students receive an academic award and gain expertise in food and beverages, laundry, house maintenance, good manners and basic education, so now the young women from the poorest areas in Latin America can have access to higher paying jobs, start their own businesses and make their lives a story worth telling.


YOU ARE AYSE, Allow YOUNG GIRLS IN VENEZUELA to RECEIVE the education you received

Today AYSE schools in Venezuela have a challenge ahead of them: to continue offering an all-round quality education to many families. The cost of educational initiatives has increased exponentially. We can continue our task of forming young people thanks to the commitment and contribution of all of us. Because…you are AYSE and we count on you! Help your people so that many girls, teenagers and their families can receive the excellent education that you did.

Thanks to your contribution, many things have become a reality:
—Scholarships that will reduce desertion.
—Infrastructure repairs and general maintenance of the schools.
—Teachers’ salaries remain competitive.

Our current priority is acquiring our own property for the school Santa Cruz, in Valencia, state of Carabobo.

Visit our website: www.institutosantacruz.com


 

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