Convoy of Hope
Women´s Empowerment Groups
Thanks to Convoy of Hope this 2018 and 2019 we have the priviledge to provide our families with two women's empowerment groups (one for our mothers and one for our teenage girls students). Convoy of Hope encourages women around the world to realize their value and reach their potential through job training and education. Their goal is to: empower women around the world to make strategic, independent life choices through community-based training and non-traditional micro-enterprise development.
Our Micro+ program equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups and even start-up capital. After receiving training and the distribution of capital for small business start-ups, women participate in income-generating activities as they launch their own small business where activities monitored by Convoy of Hope staff ensure support and success. At the onset of the program, all women engage in self-esteem building activities and are also provided with education in basic literacy and numeracy, family health and nutrition, family planning and the prevention of communicable disease (HIV in particular).
Through our Mothers' Club, women attend educational sessions where they are trained in nutrition, health and hygiene, literacy, small-scale community agriculture and craftsmanship/cooking. Participants who display consistent attendance receive a month’s worth of food to help supplement their diet at home. Not only does this provide incentive for women to come and learn — it also helps Convoy of Hope address the nutritional deficiencies of children who are not enrolled in school.
Caretakers, especially those who are pregnant, are provided with vitamins for both themselves and their children. All of the participants' children under five years of age are monitored through their Body Mass Index to strive toward a reduction in malnutrition and protect healthy development.
Empowered Girls brings educational programs to schools and communities. Sessions include contextually appropriate topics such as self-esteem, gender-based violence, and harmful cultural beliefs and practices.
Special thanks to Convoy of Hope Director Iris Fugon and all her amazing staff: Cesia Reyes, Janeth Calderon and Yenci Hernandez for the care and love shown for our students anf families. God bless them, their families and ministries.