If you’ve been around Amigos for more than a day or two, you’ve probably noticed we love the word “partner.” We use it all the time to describe, well, just about everyone, from our big governmental partners here in Nicaragua, to our friends in the communities, to you, our supporters.
Why, you ask? Because we believe that by creating partners instead of simply donors or beneficiaries, the impact of our programs will multiply far beyond anything we could do on our own.
The Education Team leads a Consejera de Familia training class in La Chuscada.
Take Consejera de Familia, or Family Counselor Training, a new program designed by our Education Team to empower women in communities to lead small group studies on faith and family values. The small groups cover topics ranging from fostering respectful relationships, to proper nutrition, to steps parents can take to support their children’s education, all supported by a biblical worldview.
Our first Consejera de Familia class, composed of seventeen women from La Chuscada, celebrated its graduation just a few weeks ago. The celebration marked the completion of eight weeks of intensive training in both faith and family values as well as techniques for facilitating small group discussion and conducting follow-up visits with individual families. Now, instead of relying on the Education Team to lead small groups for all 130 families in La Chuscada, there is a network of women who are fully equipped to lead small groups in their own neighborhoods.
La Chuscada’s first Consejera de Familia training class celebrates its graduation.
“If someone from Amigos for Christ can’t come, we don’t want them to be unable to continue the program,” explains Gloria, our Director of Project Impact. “It is important to train community leaders because it allows programs to be sustainable, and we are giving them all the tools they need to make that possible.”
After all, we’ve always believed in the power of each individual to create positive change not only in their own life, but also in the lives of their family and community. Now, through Consejera de Familia, we’re building partnerships that empower more women to make that happen.
To learn more about our Education Team, visit www.amigosforchrist.org/projects/education-and-nutrition.