CAMY Fund announces new and renewal grantee partners for 2017

The Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) is pleased to announce its renewal grantee partners as part of Round 1 of our 2017 grantmaking.

This round contains stellar project leaders from high-impact organizations working to reduce adolescent pregnancy, improve girls’ secondary school retention, and decrease the percentage of girls under 18 who are married or in a civil union.

Please join us in congratulating the selected grantee partners:

In Mexico

Mayra Zamaniego, 25, from Elige: Red de Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos A.C; Marco Hernandez, 26, from SEEDSSA; and Ricardo May Jara, 26, from México y Caribe Jóvenes (GOJoven México), will work to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in the state of Quintana Roo by strengthening the Network for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights and by participating in the State Group for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy. They will additionally provide training on sexual and reproductive rights policy advocacy to adolescents and young people in the state.

In Guatemala

Joseline Esteffania Velásquez Morales, 24, will lead the GOJoven Guatemala project to follow-up on the reform that raised the minimum age of marriage to 18 – Decree 08-2015 – by establishing multi-stakeholder groups for the prevention of adolescent pregnancy and forced unions in 5 municipalities. GOJoven will develop action plans for the prevention of forced unions and initiate political dialogues with key actors in the executive and legislative branches.

Benilda Martínez Esteban, 24, and Mildred Jasmin Vásquez Escobar, 17, will lead Asociación COINCIDIR’s project to improve outcomes for adolescents in secondary school in the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque, Jalapa. They will carry out a girl-focused census in five communities. Girls from these communities will participate in popular education sessions and other academic enrichment activities through the organization’s Adolescent Development Center. Workshops to increase support for girls to stay in school will be held with parents in 10 communities. Additionally, adolescent girls from 20 communities will engage in local advocacy to increase the municipal budget for education. Five secondary schools in the municipality will also be monitored to improve their protection policies for girls.

In Belize

Using a girl-centered leadership curriculum, Verlie Rebecca Lamb, 28, will lead the Child Development Foundation’s (CDF) project to increase girls’ secondary school retention in 12 schools in 5 communities in the Cayo District. Workshops will also be held with parents to increase community support for girls to stay in school. In addition, CDF will advocate for the adoption of protection policies for girls in school.

Thandiwe Diego, 17, will coordinate the Productive Organization for Women in Action’s project to provide leadership training and information about sexual and reproductive health and rights to 25 adolescent girls. These girls will then participate in the design and implementation of an advocacy and communication campaign with the objective of strengthening access to and affordability of schools for girls in the Stann Creek District.

Amira Lisette Teul, 28, will lead Toledo Maya Women’s Council’s project to conduct a girl-oriented census and mapping in four Mayan communities in the Toledo District. Young mentors will be trained to lead weekly sessions for 100 girls and adolescents from these communities with the aim of strengthening their knowledge and skills in sexual and reproductive health, leadership, financial education, and social entrepreneurship.

The CAMY Fund believes in the capacity of each one of these project leaders, and the strength of their organizations, to achieve positive change for girls and adolescents in their respective countries. Through tailored technical assistance strategies, provided in person and virtually, the CAMY Fund looks forward to working with project leaders to achieve our joint objectives in the coming year.