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For Immediate Release

October 15, 2012

Contact: Michele Frix

mfrix@seaif.org

206-547-9335

 

SIF awards $49,800 to support initiatives in Nicaragua
focused on youth leadership and advocacy training

 

Seattle –The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is pleased to announce $49,800 in grants to support leadership programs for women and youth in Nicaragua. The projects funded focus on strengthening youth advocacy and leadership skills; organizing public awareness campaigns around teen trafficking and sexual exploitation; and influencing public policies related to healthcare and reproductive rights.

SIF awarded $22,300 to AMOS Health and Hope to support the expansion of the JOSECHAS Youth Empowerment Program led by 17 trained youth leaders from San Onofre in the department of Boaco, east of Managua.  This program will train youth facilitators in an intensive health and wellness program, using an intervention model adapted from TeenSmart International, to engage young people in social action projects and public policy goals related to healthcare in their communities. Youth will then organize to approach local authorities regarding the conditions in their communities, particularly related to health.

$10,000 was awarded to ASINGPAVI to support a program called Social Mobilization for the Prevention, Detection, and Punishment of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in San Rafael del Sur, a coastal department with high rates of sexual exploitation and human trafficking due to the tourism industry.  Project activities include: creation of two radio campaigns around the prevention of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of young girls, women and children; trainings for eight youth facilitators who will guide the four self-help groups for fifty young girls and teens who are victims of trafficking; twelve workshops for 150 youth on the prevention of trafficking and sexual exploitation; and organizing four forums with local councils and elected officials around this critical issue.

$2,500 was awarded to Casa Verde to support the Formación Fenix program, offering leadership training, and English and computer literacy scholarships for 15 Nicaraguan youth in the rural communities of Limon and Las Salinas, Rivas. The program seeks to build the leadership skills of vulnerable young people, based on the methodology of SIF’s grantee partner iLEAP:  The Center for Critical Service. Formación Fenix is a pilot project of 2011 iLEAP International Fellow, Lidieth Alvarez.

$15,000 was awarded to Movimiento de Mujeres por Nuestros Derechos Humanos (MOMUNDH) to support a public awareness campaign and a series of trainings and workshops  with the goal of securing government funding for a Gynecological Clinic at the local Health Post in Jorge Dimitrov, one of the most dangerous and impoverished neighborhoods of Managua.  This campaign will: educate local young people (particularly young women) on their reproductive health rights; provide trainings on effective advocacy skills; and empower those young people to approach government officials and key decision makers to support this local clinic.

Organizations can stay informed about the work of the Seattle International Foundation by joining our Central America Network, Facebook, Twitter, and at our website, www.seaif.org.

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Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is working with corporations, foundations, governments and individuals to alleviate poverty in Central America. Since 2008, the Foundation has invested over $6.5 million in organizations working for positive social change throughout the region. For information on how to submit a letter of inquiry under SIF’s Central America Program, contact Michele Frix at mfrix@seaif.org.

 

 

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