CAMY Fund Visit to Red + Posithiva

Written by Emily Barcklow D’Amica, CAMY Fund Program Officer

Last week I was in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico to see first-hand the work of the organization Red + Posithiva, one of the CAMY Fund grantee partners. Red + Posithiva’s project, “By bringing health closer, we can make better decisions,” is led by Antonio Ordoñez, who is 30 years old. Antonio is a clinical psychologist with a Masters in family therapy. He worked for various years for the governmental System for Comprehensive Family Development (DIF) in Cozumel, Quintana Roo and the project with Red + Posithiva is his first time working within a civil society organization.

On Tuesday, January 20, Red + Posithiva organized a press conference at the Hotel Oasis Smart to publicly present the project. On the presidium was Roberto Guzmán, Director of Red + Posithiva, Antonio, as the project leader, myself on behalf of the CAMY Fund and Yadira Chávez Courtois who is responsible for family planning within the Number 2 Health Jurisdiction. The media coverage (represented by Noticias Canal 10 and Novedades Quintana Roo) was good and the media that were present were open and curious about the project being presented.

The next day, January 21, Antonio and his co-workers and I left early for the community, Tres Reyes, on the western side of Cancun. The majority of the community is comprised of people from other states who have come to work in the Cancun tourist zone. The housing plots are irregular and quite precarious and public services are limited. Red + Posithiva had selected the local primary school, “Otilio Montaño,” as their contact with the community because of their important social role and capacity to convene inhabitants of the zone. The Directors of the school, Jorge Manuel Caamal Pecho in the morning rotation and Samuel Noé Coba Tun in the afternoon rotation, proved very open to the organization and committed to the project’s activities, which consist in offering cognitive-behavioral workshops to girls between the ages of 10-12 on sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as youth-friendly services to them and their family members (sisters, mothers, etc.) by means of the organization’s mobile health unit.

Red + Posithiva’s mobile unit, ready to head off to the community. 1-21-15.

Once we had arrived and the Mobile Unit was set up the activities began with a small inaugural presentation where Roberto spoke again about the organization, Antonio about the project and I about the support provided by the Fund. The school’s Directors accompanied us and encouraged the participation of the family members present in the day’s activities. The event ended with a brief original rap song with a women’s empowerment message sung by two members of a local group.

Rap song sung at the end of the inaugural event in the community, Tres Reyes, Cancun. 1-21-15

Following, the youth-friendly services and workshops began. The services were provided by a psychologist that had recently finished a diploma course on how to provide them, organized by Red + Posithiva. Also, members of the Red + Posithiva team trained to provide rapid HIV tests offered this service.

Antonio, the project leader, speaks with the psychologist trained by Red + Posithiva on how to offer care to the list of people that had registered for counseling.

The workshops were designed by Antonio and provided by him along with other members of the Red + Posithiva team.

Antonio offers a workshop on violence and discrimination to girls at the primary school in Tres Reyes. 1-21-15

I greatly enjoyed seeing Antonio and Red + Posithiva in action! They were very creative in resolving the complications that inevitably arise in any project and are clearly very committed to providing high-quality information and services to the community. They have built alliances with the health and education sectors that could contribute to the sustainability of the project and a lasting change.

Congratulations to Antonio and Red + Posithiva!

CAMY Fund Accepting Proposals from Guatemala and Honduras

The CAMY Fund, supported and administered by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) in partnership with the Summit Foundation, is currently seeking proposals from young leaders in Guatemala and Honduras. Here at the CAMY Fund, we believe young people have the innovative ideas, energy, and passion necessary to improve their own lives. What they need is a catalyst to bring all their ideas to fruition. The CAMY Fund provides critical financial support and technical assistance to young leaders to turn those fresh ideas into reality, helping young people to lead their peers to build better lives.

The CAMY Fund is currently seeking proposals from young leaders working in Guatemala and Honduras to address the following issues 1) child/early marriage and 2) secondary school retention among girls. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for this first round in 2015 is February 6, 2015. Organizations can apply for up to $35,000 USD during this current grantmaking round. Although this round is limited to Guatemala and Honduras, CAMY Fund will be seeking proposals from organizations working in Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico as well later this year.

The CAMY Fund is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the first round of grantmaking in 2015. The current RFP is only open to organizations in Guatemala and Honduras that are working on the issues of 1) child/early marriage and 2) secondary school retention among girls. Please download the RFP by clicking here and review it carefully to determine if you organization meets the eligibility criteria.

Organizations that fulfill the criteria for selection within the current (RFP) may submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in English or Spanish (not in both languages) by clicking here to set up a user account in SIF’s grantmaking system:

  • Click Create New Account to create a new user name.
  • Once you are logged in, click on Dashboard in the top left corner.
  • Click on Apply and then click on 2015 Central America and Mexico Youth Fund | Round 1 to begin to fill out the Expression of Interest in English.
  • You can save your work and return at any time. Once you are ready to submit, click on Submit.

The deadline for submission of the EOI is February 6, 2015.

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