CAMY Fund announces new and renewal grantees!

The Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) is pleased to announce its new and renewal grantees as part of Round 2 of our 2015 grantmaking.

The CAMY Fund received a robust response to the Round 2 Request for Proposals, published in July of 2015. The six grantees recently selected, and highlighted below, were among 79 total applicants from organizations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico working towards girl’s equality and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights topics.

In Belize, Tasha Nicole Petillo, 32, will lead Plenty International Belize Ltd.’s project in Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District. In order to respond to a lack of information and youth empowerment, Plenty will provide a series of workshops on sexual and reproductive health to a total of 180 young women throughout Punta Gorda Town’s six zones and a series of self-empowerment workshops to at least 90 young women from the Town. To complement these activities, Plenty will partner with Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) to offer youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services to these young women. The project’s activities and topics will be disseminated by a public relations campaign at the local and national level.

Fidelia Chub, 24, will co-lead with Ana Lucía Gonzalez, 26, the ALAS/WINGS project this year. They will recruit and train 80 youth leaders under the ages of 18 from 15 municipalities in 4 states (Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez,) who will in turn offer sexual and reproductive health information and counseling to their peers and referrals to ALAS’s mobile health units, stationary clinics and youth-friendly services. As a result of these activities, ALAS will contribute to the prevention of unwanted adolescent pregnancy among 5,282 young people and a change in their perceptions and behaviors in relation to gender norms, women’s rights and sexual and reproductive rights. You can find out more about ALAS’s current project with the CAMY Fund here and here.

With the support of Global Humanitaria Guatemala, Leslie Mejía, 28, will lead the Agrupación Juvenil de Mujeres Activas – AMA, in training 40 of its young women leaders from Southern Petén in comprehensive sexuality education and gender equity. AMA will also train 96 primary teachers from 24 schools using the national sexuality education curriculum, in collaboration with the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. AMA will additionally carry out a bilingual (Spanish-Q’eqchi) information and awareness raising campaign on sexual and reproductive health and youth and women’s public participation. This campaign will be transmitted on the community radio station U’ Tan Kaj by young women leaders from AMA.

Xiomara García, 29, of GOJoven Honduras will work in the state of Gracias a Dios to train 300 adolescents and 100 of their parents on sexual and reproductive health topics with an emphasis on the prevention of adolescent pregnancy. They will develop bilingual outreach materials and radio spots on the same topic as well as organize a municipal health fair. Finally, they will engage in state and national advocacy around the First Lady’s Multisectoral Plan for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancies. You can find out more information about GOJoven Honduras’ current project with the CAMY Fund here and here.

Fabiola Oro, 23, of Organization for Youth Empowerment will lead the continuation of the organization’s current project with the CAMY Fund in El Progreso, Honduras by providing basic workshops on sexual and reproductive health to 450 adolescents from 5 Basic Education Centers using the government’s national sexuality education curriculum. Of these 450 students, they will select 100 who have strong leadership potential to receive advanced training on these topics in addition to 75 who were part of the project in 2015. They will also provide workshops to teachers and parents based on the same curriculum and will carry out four public campaigns to promote sexual and reproductive health and gender equality aimed at adolescents, youth, parents and teachers. You can find out more information about OYE’s current project with the CAMY Fund here and here.

Under the leadership of Anaid Alcázar, 28, Elige: Red de Jóvenes por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos will identify and establish work agreements with at least two organizations in the state of Quintana Roo, México. These agreements will stipulate training for organizational members in youth-led advocacy in order to strengthen their skills and ensure their participation in state-level interinstitutional activities related to the implementation of the National Strategy for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy (ENAPEA by its initials in Spanish).

The CAMY Fund is very excited to begin or continue working with these stellar project leaders and their respective organizations. In addition to funding, in 2016 the CAMY Fund will be providing the aforementioned project leaders with technical assistance to improve their project management, monitoring and evaluation and leadership skills.