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 attend engaging workshops on topics such as sexual reproductive health, gender equality, gender and global human rights, and strategies for future planning. The camp promotes leadership skills and encourages the girls to return to their communities to implement projects that stimulate gender equality amongst their peers. Staffed by our fabulous PCVs and Nicaraguan counterparts, Peace Corps Nicaragua aims to continue a sustainable and interactive model empowering the nation’s young women.
But to make this camp a reality, we need your help.
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 (like you!) 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 100 applicants for 60 spots) and are beyond excited for the chance of a lifetime.
This is where you come in.
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 shine bright.
Still not convinced your donation will make a difference? Read all about past GLOW camps here.