My latest pet project I am working to get going at my university is support of a wonderful organization called Voces de Cambio. It is truly a wonderful organization that supports young women in Guatemala and teaches them storytelling through both written and multimedia means. Their primary visual outlet they work with is photography, which hits a heart-string with me due to my love of photography and desire to study it for my masters.
Guatemala is a country that has been ravaged by war and is currently an incredibly unsafe place for women and girls. Violence against women is rampant and unchecked. Voces de Cambio provides a safe haven for these young women to tell their stories, raise their voices, and reflect on what it means to be a young woman in Guatemala. It is also the only program of its kind in the country (and as far as I know, the region).
My interest in this project has led me to start meeting with a literary organization at my university in the hopes to spread awareness and possibly eventually help out either financially or with volunteers for the group. I am very excited about this project, and hope it will take off. Significant Other is also interested, and is planning on helping out should this thing get off the ground. He is in fact from the region, and his studies relate to Latin America, so this project is of special interest to him personally.
I have my first "official" meeting with the Program Director next week, so I will keep you all updated.