In Nicaragua, certain cultural factors, such as machismo, prohibit women from taking advantage of education and employment opportunities in order to fill socially constructed gender roles in the home. Camp GLOW aspires to break these social frameworks by exposing young women to a wealth of opportunity and providing tools for creating change in their society. At Camp GLOW, young women will attend engaging workshops on topics such as sexual reproductive health, gender equality, gender and global human rights, and strategies for future planning. The camp will promote leadership skills and encourage the girls to return to their communities to implement activities that stimulate gender equality amongst their peers.
Following the success of the last three year’s of Camp GLOW, Peace Corps Nicaragua aims to continue a sustainable and interactive model empowering the nation’s young women. Camp GLOW will bring together adolescent women and past participants from across the country, including the coast, to encourage them to work towards creating a society that reflects gender equality.
Our Partnership Program grant is now live! The Partnership Program does not completely fund projects, but serves as a link to groups, foundations, service organizations, and individuals wanting to contribute to the valuable work Volunteers do with their host communities. In order to receive funding through the Partnership Program, a community must make a 25 percent contribution to the total project cost and outline success indicators for the individual projects. This helps ensure community ownership, a greater chance of long-term sustainability, and ultimately, success.
Our communities have contributed, our girls have been selected (there were over 115 applicants for 60 spots) and are beyond excited for the chance of a lifetime.
Now, we need your help to make it happen.
Click here to head to our donation page and send these passionate, creative, and deserving girls to camp. Help them learn to believe in themselves and reach for the stars.