A program at NPH Honduras is helping girls understand their true value. February 9, 2018 - Honduras
Volunteer Emme planning the activities for the Chicas Program
“Chicas Poderosas” means powerful girls in Spanish. Here at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ Honduras, “Chicas Poderosas” also means an after-school program where girls have a safe space to learn and grow as a community.
For Fiorella,* who entered the program two years ago, the program is also a fun change of pace from her day-to-day on the ranch.
“My favorite thing about the program is that we go on walks as a group and can talk about whatever we want," Fiorella explains. "It’s nice to be in charge of the conversation.”
When asked why she was in the program, Fiorella admits, “A lot of my friends were going to it, so I decided to try it. I didn’t know what it was about at first, but once I understood how the group worked I have always really enjoyed it!"
Covering topics ranging from self-confidence to economic independence, the “Chicas” program gives the girls a head start in a country that often undervalues women. In Honduras, women earn less than 60% than their male counterparts, have a higher rate of living in poverty, and have lower levels of educational obtainment.**
“Yes, I think it is important to learn about these types of issues. It’s nice to have other girls participating and here to talk with.”
NPH Honduras is committed to closing this achievement gap. The coordinator of the program, a year-long volunteer named Emme, is helping do just that by showing our girls their options outside of the economic constraints of Honduras.
Fiorella continues, “I have learned so much from Emme and this program. We learn a lot about the outside world through our meetings with girls from outside NPH and the things Emme shows us.”
With different guest speakers occasionally rotating through the meetings, the program exposes girls to many potential role models. These encounters help shape the girls’ perspectives and goals as well.
“I really want to be a psychologist when I grow up. The psychologists here at NPH have a fascinating job. I am going to study and go to university so I can help people they way they help people,” Fiorella explains.
“I do not like superhero movies … But if I had to choose a superpower, I think I would like to be able to heal sick people. Yes, that would be what I would want!”
*Name changed to protect privacy
Riley Sexton Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson