FLORIDA ASSOC FOR VOLUNTEER ACTION IN THE CARIBBEAN & THE AMERICAS IN via Crowdrise
August 15, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 21,650
The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) launched a professional exchange program between the Florida and Colombia that will give civil society and government leaders from underserved communities in Colombia the knowledge and tools to build leadership capacity, address their communities’ needs and improve opportunities for women. The program will provide hands-on experience in areas such as organizational strengthening, community advocacy, and training in gang and human trafficking prevention, criminal and drug rehabilitation, job creation, and community leadership.
FAVACA together with its Colombian partners recruited 24 Colombian professionals, mostly women from indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. They were hosted by organizations throughout Florida to participate in five-week apprenticeships to learn techniques to strengthen their organizations and build leadership skills. BUT they still need more help, FAVACA would like to send 12 Floridians to travel to Colombia to provide technical expertise and we need your help to respond to these demand driven requests.
The FAVACA volunteers you support will help organizations in Colombia gain knowledge of up-to-date practices and techniques utilized in their fields, explore principles of good governance in public and civil society institutions as well as gain a deeper understanding of their counterparts’ society and culture. The program will not only share professional expertise and ways in which a strong civil society can encourage positive change in communities, but also promote mutual understanding and lasting beneficial partnerships.