“It’s On Us”

… to stop sexual assault … to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault … to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur … to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given … to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Peace Corps is aligning its efforts with the national campaign launched by the White House: IT’S ON US. The campaign encourages everyone to make a personal commitment to step up and prevent sexual assault. Visit the website to learn more, sign the pledge, … Continue reading “It’s On Us”

Thank You!!!

The Gender and Development Committee (GAD) of Peace Corps Nicaragua cannot thank enough all the people that donated in order to make this Camp GLOW happen. Having seen the amazing things that can come about when young women are empowered to take responsibility and make choices in their own lives, we can honestly say that this camp makes a difference — large or small — for all the girls that attend.  If you donated: THANK YOU. If you held Penny Wars at your school: THANK YOU. If you passed along news about Camp GLOW: THANK YOU. If you were part … Continue reading Thank You!!!

Day 5: Saying Goodbye

Even after all the festivities of the night before, the girls were ready surprisingly early Saturday morning and had their bags packed before breakfast. You could say they were ready to go home, but I think most of them were more ready to get back on the highway and find signal for their cellphones. 4 nights without phone calls and text messaging was not easy for some of the self-proclaimed phone addicts. At breakfast we happily chowed down on pancakes (accompanied by gallo pinto, of course) and donned our brand new Camp GLOW t-shirts. Girls went from table to table, … Continue reading Day 5: Saying Goodbye

Day 4: Planning for the Future

On day four the girls woke up jazzed and ready to go. It was finally the day they were waiting for when we would embark onto the ropes course for hours upon end. However, there were a few serious matters of business to get through beforehand… After breakfast, Plan Somoto led the girls in games and different relay races from the day before. The girls laughed and enjoyed a bit of sunshine as a start to the chilly day. With this being the last day of sessions, the girls were all anxious to get them over with, no matter how … Continue reading Day 4: Planning for the Future

Day 3: Confronting Myths and Discrimination

Our second morning at camp began with breakfast and then an hour of activities to warm us up. From relay races to a “crossing the river” game, everything was fun, active, and involved a lot of teamwork. Now that we had become more acquainted with each other at camp, the sessions got a little more serious. Over the course of the day on Thursday there were actually four presentations: 1. Violence – led by PLAN Chinandega. This session covered different types of violence (physical, sexual, emotional/psychological, and economical), as well as human rights and means of preventing violence. One thing … Continue reading Day 3: Confronting Myths and Discrimination

Day 2: Interviews

We asked a handful of girls about they experience on the first full day of camp… What was your favorite activity today?  Sorangel – Playing kickball! Heydis – Me too 🙂 Sandra – Going through the labyrinth Melixa – I really liked the labyrinth too Getsabel – Making bracelets and earrings Karina – Doing crafts What’s something that you learned today?  Sorangel – The 3 levels of self-esteem Heydis – Me too! Sandra – I learned that sex is what differentiates me and women, but gender is based on culture Melixa – How to make bracelets and earrings, and about having a strong self-esteem … Continue reading Day 2: Interviews

Day 2: Opening Discussions

Some of the girls started off our first morning at camp with a little yoga, led by PCVs Morgan and Jessica, while the others slept in a little or took their time getting ready and showering in the cold, cold water. Quite the wake-up call! At 7am we all moved to the cafeteria for breakfast, after which the girls took a pre-test to measure the knowledge they already had about the topics we’ll cover during the rest of camp. We also made small groups to mix the girls up with people from different places, and for organization during activities. The … Continue reading Day 2: Opening Discussions