Leah Shorb wrote -
Please help support a weekly club for girls to get exercise, gain confidence, learn team values, and realize their potential as girls through the sport of lacrosse and related games!
Safe Passage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in Guatemala City to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families living in extreme poverty around the City's garbage dump.
For more on Safe Passage, visit: http://www.safepassage.org/
Safe Passage has everything from English classes to a social entrepreneurship program to art therapy, but what it doesn't have is a safe environment just for girls to get exercise.
Why do we need this?
- Guatemalan culture, in general, does not support or encourage girls to play sports
- Due to said cultural norm, girls do not tend to participate in gym class at Camino to the extent that boys do. Therefore the sole opportunity for females to exercise and learn values through sports is not taken advantage of because the boys dominate most games
- Girls are frequently put down and overpowered by boys and have low self-esteem
-- For example, in English class: girls are consistently lacking the confidence to speak out loud, take risks, or work together
-- Currently, there is no safe space just for girls in their community or in Safe Passage
Girls in this group will:
- have the opportunity to play, get exercise, have fun, in a safe environment just for girls, without the pressure or social dynamics that hinder girls’ participation in a coed environment
- learn values such as teamwork, endurance, resilience, cooperation in a non-academic, hands-on setting, important values that extend beyond just the sports field, that are in line with Camino Seguro’s core values.
- Empower themselves.
Giving girls an opportunity to play sports is one way to approach a deeply-rooted gender bias issue. Girls need a safe space to build confidence and learn values that will contribute to a stronger sense of self, and a lacrosse club can provide them that environment. Lastly, lacrosse is ideal because it is new and more approachable to them than a sport like soccer, which is already dominated by boys in their culture.
Why do we need your money?
1. to provide safe transportation for volunteers into the dangerous neighborhood where the girls live (a squatter community surrounding the garbage dump in which the families scavenge) and
2. to pay a student to be an assistant coach, and eventually head coach when the American volunteer leaves. Doing so will insure the sustainability of the program and empower the community rather than bringing in outside help.