Why arw Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights so important?
FUNDAECO has rolled out a unique development model based on implementing indigenous-owned forest conservation and ensuring the SRHR of adolescent girls in 100 Mayan and Q'eqchi communities of Guatemala. While officially recognizing midwives as essential contributors to the well-being of the communities, health clinics were established, providing maternal and health care to 50,000 people and supporting victims of gender-based violence. These clinics provide spaces for indigenous women, who are the main users of forest resources, to strengthen their knowledge and skills on agroforestry and production systems while accessing information on family planning and women's rights.
Results of FUNDAECO
- 50,000 women and men are direct beneficiaries.
- 90 midwives officially recognized by the Ministry of Health as community service providers.
- 5 productive groups support 300 women in generating new income.
- 300 women leaders participate in decision-making processes.
- 25 community health clinics (and 3 mobile clinics ) provide regular care and counselling over to 4,000 people per year.
- 500 indigenous families adopted innovative agroforestry systems.
Impact of the Award for Karen and FUNDAECO
The mentoring program offered to Award winners strengthened their capacities on women’s entrepreneurship and social-economic empowerment. The 2019’s Karen, honour winner, states: “Not only 38 clinics have been set up as part of the project, but midwives are also recognized as key players in the well-being of the communities and 50.000 people receive maternal and health care. Support is also provided to victims and survivors of sexual violence”. Moreover, these clinics provide spaces for indigenous women to strengthen their knowledge of agroforestry and production systems. Also, the clinics are places where information on family planning and women's rights are widely disseminated.
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