Abriendo Oportunidades -“Opening Opportunities”- for Girls in Guatemala

By Elvira Margarita Cuc Cho, Cecilia Toc, Modesta Ical & Susana Mó

May 25, 2017

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Elvira, Cecilia, Modesta and Susana son lideresas y mentoras del programa Abriendo Oportunidades dirigido por UNFPA apoyado por Girl Up en Guatemala. Ellas comparten sus esperanzas por las familias y niñas en la comunidad Chisec, Alta Verapaz.

Elvira, Cecilia, Modesta and Susana are community leaders and mentors through the Abriendo Oportunidades program, led by UNFPA and supported by Girl Up in Guatemala. They share their hopes and visions for families and girls in the Chisec, Alta Verapaz.

Susana Mó

Lo que quiero lograr con las niñas es para que ellas salen Adelante, que sigan estudiando, y ya no vayan a casar a temprana edad. Las niñas ya no tienen más conocimiento de cómo cuidar a una niña. En vez que ella es niña.  Eso quiero con las  niñas, para que sigan estudiando y sigan adelante en sus futuros para tener una buena familia para ellas también.

What I want these girls to accomplish is success, to continue to study, and to not get married at an early age. Young girls do not have the ability to take care of a younger girl, as they are girls themselves. So that’s what I want for them, to continue their studies and succeed in their futures and to have a good family for themselves.

Elvira Margarita Cuc Cho

Sigan estudiando, y que terminen sus estudios, ya que muchas veces solo llegan a sexta primaria. Para ellas es graduarse, terminar de estudiar, pero lo que queremos verdad es una forma de pensar a que las niñas terminan de estudiar, que tengan un futuro, esperar y que no se casen a temprana edad. Que tengan también un espacio como este programa Abriendo Oportunidades u otras que se puedan implementar para que, puedan fortalecer sus habilidades.

(I want girls) to continue to study, and to finish their studies since a lot of times they don’t get to their sixth year in primary school. What we want more of is a way of thinking where girls are determined to study, to have a future and to wait and not get married at an early age. We also want them to have a space like this program Opening Opportunities, or others, so, girls can strengthen their abilities.

Modesta Ical

Nosotras como mentoras, tenemos que ayudarlas a ellas para que ellas también puedan salir Adelante. Si no tenemos apoyo nosotras, ellas también no pueden seguir Adelante y también a los padres de familia, nosotros también tenemos que apoyar a ellas para que manden a sus hijas a cualquier espacio.

As mentors, we have to help girls so they can succeed. If we don’t have support, girls can’t succeed. And for the parents, we have to support them in this aspect so parents can send girls forward.

Cecilia Toc

Me siento muy satisfecha con una niña que, hace como dos años dejo de estudiar. Con los planes que nosotros hacemos, con el plan de vida, ella construyó su plan de vida. Ella me pregunto, ¿Qué es lo que va aquí?, y yo le explique que es sobre el estudio, “pero yo no estoy estudiando” me dijo. Entonces, ¿Qué planes tienes en el futuro? ¿Vas a seguir así o cuál es tu meta? Y ella me dijo “mi papá no tiene lo suficiente recursos para darme estudios”, y yo animé e insist que ella continúe estudiando y ella fue una de las adolescentes que recibió su bicicleta. Y ella se siente muy feliz de que el programa le apoyo, le motivo a estudiar y eso es lo que nosotras queremos con todas las niñas.

I felt very proud a girl who at first, about two years ago stopped studying. One of the activities we do as mentors is plan out our lives. The girl constructed her life plan. She asked me “what goes here?” and I explained to her that the section was about school, and she said “but I’m not going to school”. So, I asked, “what plans do you have in the future? Are you going to continue like this or what is your goal?” And she told me, “My father doesn’t have enough resources to keep me in school. I encouraged her and insisted that she continue her studies, and she was one of the adolescents who received a bicycle. She feels very happy that the program supported her and motivated her to study. That is what we (mentors) want for all girls.



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