Only 46 percent of women in Guatemala make it to secondary school. For indigenous women living in rural communities, this number drops to a startling 10 percent. Why does this matter? Because when you educate a girl, you change the world. A girl who is educated and has access to opportunities can break cycles of poverty in one generation. As a woman, she earns more, has fewer children and a healthier family, strengthens world economies, and much more. We call this the Girl Effect. Want to change this world for the better? Join us in supporting young women like these to unlock and maximize their potential! #InternationalDayofTheGirl Photo: Mary O'Connor ... See more
Tomorrow is International Day of the Girl! We believe that educating and empowering girls creates powerful, long-lasting change. 8th-grader Ingrid recently shared, “Education is important for eliminating violence and having an empowered voice. We have to study to become independent and not have the same experiences as our grandmothers and mothers because of machismo. With education, we will be able to change society, and women will participate more fully.” Read her story today at starfish-impact.org/ingrids-story. ... See more
Her Infinite Impact
In honor of International Day of the Girl, we’re sharing the story of Ingrid, an 8th-grader at the Impact School who demonstrates that the obstacles faced by young women in Guatemala do not have to be their fate. Read her story today at starfish-impact.org/ingrids-story and be reminded of the important life transformation that occurs when we support young women's education and empowerment. ... See more
It’s World Teachers’ Day! This year’s theme is “the right to education means the right to a qualified teacher” and we couldn’t agree more. Impact School educators are showing their students that teaching in Guatemala can and must be done differently, and Girl Pioneers Magdalena and Claudia Marisol are dreaming of how they can do the same for others in the future. Read more on the blog: starfish-impact.org/paying-it-forward. ... See more
“There are many women from whom I have learned a lot. If I could visualize it, I would have tattoos all over my body with the specific attributes that each of them taught me. I have learned that when you fight, you can achieve your dreams. You are going to fall, but you have to get up. You are going to cry, but you have to dry your tears. No one can be successful without obstacles. You will probably have to make difficult decisions, but they are worth making.” - Norma, Guatemala Executive Director In honor of World Teachers’ Day happening tomorrow, we asked our staff who has played a key role in their life as teacher and mentor, shaping them into the women they are today. Read more at starfish-impact.org/life-lessons! ... See more
“I have learned a lot from many people. However, above all, I’ve learned from my father. He did not have the opportunity to study for a degree, but even after he got married, he looked for ways to keep learning. He eventually became a community health promoter. The charisma, support, and dedication that he exhibits when he attends those who are sick teaches me the importance of caring for others and teaching with love, dedication, and passion.” - Roselia, Program Coordinator In honor of World Teachers’ Day coming up later this week, we asked our staff who has played a key role in their life as teacher and mentor, shaping them into the women they are today. Read more on the blog! starfish-impact.org/life-lessons Photo: Janna Overend ... See more
“I am able to overcome challenges, and I use my voice to share my opinions at work as well as in my family and community. My Starfish mentors supported me to be strong and intelligent when I was a Girl Pioneer. I continue learning through the opportunities that Starfish has given me, such as participating in workshops and professional development so that I can use new techniques in my classroom that will help the girls to practice critical thinking and learn successfully. I don’t get tired of thanking Starfish and my mentors for their unconditional support.” - Jerónima, Kaqchikel Educator In honor of World Teachers’ Day coming up later this week, we asked our staff who has played a key role in their life as teacher and mentor, shaping them into the women they are today. Read more on the blog! starfish-impact.org/life-lessons Photo: Nami Patel ... See more
It’s the final day to donate and ensure that an entire grade of Girl Pioneers is fully supported to attend the Impact School next year. When you donate, you support them to learn the strength of their voices and how much power they have to lead change as they learn at the Impact School. Give today at bit.ly/amplify-her-voice! Photo: Carly Piersol ... See more
“I use my voice by sharing the importance of our voices, and by advocating for other people so we can create change because I cannot create change alone; it is always with the help of others. One of the changes that I would make is to put a female leader in power in my municipality who would give rights to women and ensure equality between men and women.” - Claudia, 8th-grader Give today at bit.ly/amplify-her-voice and support an entire grade of young women to develop their voices and leadership at the Starfish Impact School next year. Tomorrow is the last day to give! ... See more
Earlier this month, we hosted a visit from a group of engineering graduates who raised funds to purchase robots and partnered with the team at 1bot to provide a four-hour robotics workshop at the Impact School. Girl Pioneers loved learning about the robots and how technology can be integrated into many areas of life. We’re looking forward to working with 1bot to develop a robotics curriculum for the school, helping the girls to develop critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. Thank you to 1bot and our visitors, Peio, Caro, Lama, and Walid! ... See more
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