Writing for The Huffington Post Canada, Kamilia Lahrichi describes the work of the UNFPA in Guatemala, which supports Population Council’s Abriendo Oportunidades program. Since 2004, the program has empowered vulnerable Mayan girls with skills and support to improve their lives.
The recent US decision to stop all funding to UNFPA jeopardizes programs like Abriendo Oportunidades in Guatemala and projects in more than 150 countries around the world where the UN agency works.
“These engaged Guatemalan women teach vulnerable Mayan girls across the Central American nation how to avoid sexual violence, adolescent pregnancy, child marriage and, ultimately, stay in school. Since 2004, this participatory program trains young people on sexual and reproductive health in a country that has some of the youngest mothers in the world -- 5,100 girls under 15 became pregnant in 2015, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This international body's agency focuses on family planning as well as maternal and child health in over 150 countries."
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