July 2nd-6th brought GAD’s 2nd Annual Camp CHACA brought to 52 young Nicaraguan men and 20 staff (PCVs and Nicaraguan counselors) where we learned about gender equality, violence prevention, and leadership. With a song titled “Somos Uno” (We are One) as our anthem, workshops about sharing power in relationships, goal setting, HIV/Aids and pregnancy prevention, and condom negotiations, all combined with the magic power of camp songs, games and fun, this week was the week of a lifetime.
As the boys grew throughout the week, we watched the transformation from CHavalos A CAballeros (boys to gentlemen). We can’t wait to see where their journeys take them and know that they will be a part of making Nicaragua a more equitable place.
Stay tuned in here on the blog as we share perspectives and lessons learned from CHACA 2016 in the weeks to come.