Partners in Guatemala
Our primary partner in San Pedro is our sister non-profit, Mujeres Tabajan Unidas (Women Work Together) that was formed by local community leaders in January 2012 with technical assistance and financial support from Women Work Together. As a legally registered Guatemalan nonprofit, full name, Asociación de Desarrollo Intergral Mujeres Tabajan Unidas, or ADIMTU has an active Board of Directors and 3 staff professionals, headed by Judith Castañon, a university-trained social worker, who administer our jointly developed core programs year-round. Fieldworkers and interns facilitate Girls Club activities in 14 villages and in the urban core.
ADIMTU’s staff advances collaboration with local communities including media and educators, as well as government agencies that range from local village authorities to the Office of the Governor to the President of the Republic.
WWT and ADIMTU are two parts of the “Manda Tu Hija a La Escuela” campaign to convince families to educate their daughters. ADIMTU runs our shared programs day to day, and WWT shows up twice a year with enthusiastic volunteers for workshops and institutes that invigorate and excite locals in town and 14 villages. Due largely to their community outreach and diligent meetings with teachers, parents, and girls, the campaign has real traction. Interest in our work has grown so much that ADIMTU is growing its staff and moving into a bigger office space.
Our hope is that within the next few years, Mujeres Trabajan Unidas will manage the program entirely on its own.