This year, I am a member of the HOPE’S INterns program. Through the program, I am learning about social advocacy and developing my leadership skills to change the world! One of our main projects is organizing an annual fashion show fundraiser called Hope’s in Style. This is an important event that brings together our community and rallies for hope!
I hope to raise money for the 501(c)(3) organization, HOPE’S IN, as I believe that they positively change the lives of the people living in Guatemala. HOPE’S IN has been working to empower families in Guatemala for the past 8 years. Their programs focus on community development projects like building homes, special education, empowering teen mothers, medical care and raising up the next generation of humanitarian leaders.
My fundraising goal is to raise $1500 to sponsor the participation of a woman in HOPE’S IN’s Fortaleza program for 1.5 years. Fortaleza is a community support group for teen mothers and at-risk girls in Zone 3 of Guatemala City. Fortaleza is the Spanish word that means both strong refuge and strength. It is important to appreciate that the communities are plagued with a multigenerational cycle of young pregnancies, single mothers, broken families, violence, and a severe lack of health care. However, we hope to be a place of refuge for the strong women we work alongside by providing access to counseling, healthcare, mentorship, and educational scholarships.
I truly believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and maybe even more! We need to end the stigma of being embarrassed to ask for help. I am choosing to support Fortaleza because at-risk teen girls are going through a lot mentally but don’t have the support to get through it. It is worth every penny to help these teen girls in Zone 3 to get the support they need! I will do everything in my power to advocate for these girls who do not have a voice and do not have an escape. By our support, I truly believe we can change the future for these girls! Thank you!
Will you help me to achieve my goal to make an impact this April?
Thank you for helping me empower these young women!