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Adolescent Girls’ Program

ASOEMPO co-founder Sonia Lemus leads our girls’ program in the secondary school for more than fifty girls from ten villages. Sonia has been trained through Population Council Guatemala’s Abriendo Oportunidades program to create safe spaces where the girls learn practical skills, build social connections, and learn to navigate adolescent transitions.


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Through sports, recreational activities, and charlas (group discussions) the young women tackle tough subjects relevant to rural girls living in poverty, topics such as:

  • I Am a Woman and I am Valuable
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • What is My Role as a Young Woman
  • Community Development and the Role of Education
  • Different Types of Violence
  • I Have Rights That Are Protected
  • The Local Institutions Charged to Look After My Security and Protect My Rights
  • Expressing My Feelings, Wishes, and Decisions Without Fear


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The value of our Adolescent Girls’ Program can best be described by the voices of the parents and the girls themselves:

  • Mari, 17:“I learned to know myself and to have confidence in my goals.”
  • Filomena, 16:“I like having a space to share my struggles.”
  • Delia, 13:“I love to participate in the group because we have fun and learn a lot!”
  • A Mother: “My daughter is learning more than to just read and write at school. She is learning how to take care of herself and the family she will have one day.”
  • A Father: “I want my daughter to be able to protect herself in this world. This program helps her do that.”

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Address your check to "Girls Empo" and send it to: Girls Empo, c/o Leslie Paulson Secretary of the Board, 518 W. High St., Peoria, IL 61606