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Empowerment of Mayan Youth for Economic & Social Participation

The current project is built on the accomplishments from previous projects that have received support from ICCO and KIA. In 2018, the partner organization Pop Noj, aims to contribute to strengthen the social leadership of Mayan adolescents and young adults, specifically by creating conditions that foster good living in communities located in the provinces of Huehuetenango, Chimaltenango and Peten; and by promoting social, political and legal acknowledgement of the rights of indigenous youth.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2018
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-110109-58
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Background

Pop Noj Association works to contribute to the development of "New leaderships of Mayan women and men for living well", emphasizing leadership of adolescents and young people, from their ethnic and cultural identity.

Since 2005, Pop Noj has worked with young Mayans through training and accompanying processes for their organization and advocacy, promoting alliances and networking amongst youth organizations; as well as implementing communication initiatives by and from young people. Pop Noj works in compliance with a cultural and pertinent approach, using different methodologies that are also appropriate and friendly to youth. One emphasis has been the development of ludic methodologies and artistic expression.

Pop Noj has been a local partner participating in the program: More pportunities, more rights for youth in Guatemala and Nicaragua, financed by Kerk in Actie since 2016. The program is aimed to strengthening social leadership among indigenous youths in Guatemala and Nicaragua from a gender, rights-based and cultural pertinent approach. The program focuses in the following main lines of action:

-Economic empowerment;
- Lobby, advocacy and political participation; and
- Violence prevention.

With their previous project implemented in the 2016-2017, Pop Noj aimed to contribute to strengthening the social leadership of Mayan adolescents and young adults, specifically by:

-Creating conditions that foster living well in communities located in the provinces of Huehuetenango, Chimaltenango and Peten; and
- Promoting social, political and legal acknowledgement of the rights of indigenous adolescents and young adults.
Empowerment of Mayan Youth for Economic & Social Participation

Target group

- Female youth: 182
- Male youth: 173
- Adult women: 15
- Adult men: 20
- Communities: 13

Sustainability

The sustainability strategy is based on the fact that the project aims to achieve:

- Target youth with specific productive, administrative, and marketing skills to give continuity to economic initiatives undertook during the project implementation;
- The installed political and technical capacities of target youth, empowers them to continue participating in defense of their rights beyond project end and provide follow up to activities undertook during 2018;
- The institutionalization of the lobby and advocacy results within public institutions, contribute to the exercise of the rights of indigenous youth and promote citizen security at longer term.

Goals overview

Global Goal:

- Contribute to strengthening the social leadership of Mayan adolescents and young adults.

Specific objectives:

- Create conditions that foster living well in communities located in the provinces of Huehuetenango, Chimaltenango and Peten;
- Promote social, political and legal acknowledgement of the rights of indigenous adolescents and young adults

Expected result related to economic empowerment:

-Adolescents and indigenous youth have increased their chances of employability and economic development.
- In terms of goals and indicators, it is expected that by the projects end, 35 adolescents and young mayans will have an increase in their income. Furthermore, it is expected that at least 15 youth-led economic initiatives have been strengthened.

Expected result related to lobby, advocacy and political participation:

- Indigenous adolescents and youths empowered to engage in spaces of socio-political participation in their communities and municipalities.
- In terms of goals and indicators, it is expected that by the projects end, there will be at least 70 adolescents and young Mayans empowered as subjects of rights and at least 30 will participate in decision spaces to demand the fulfillment of their rights.

Expected result related to violence prevention:

- Communities have increased their awareness regarding the rights of indigenous youth and violence prevention.
- In terms of goals and indicators, it is expected that by the projects end, 2,500 people have been directly reached by actions for the prevention of violence in communities.
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