Girasoles (Sunflower) Project Encourages Young Women to Reach Their Professional Goals

Girasoles (Sunflower) Project Encourages Young Women to Reach Their Professional Goals

Michelle Moya Rodriguez has a gift that she is now formally developing thanks to Girasoles, a project that the U.S. Embassy supports in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste and in Garabito, Puntarenas.

“Girasoles is what Santa Cruz needed in orderto help young people discover who they are,” Jessenia Rodriguez, mother of Michelle Moya Rodriguez, one of the beneficiaries of the project.

“At Girasoles, for the first time, I received a drawing course. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always liked to draw. Only now, however, am I able to learn about different drawing techniques. ,” explained Michelle.

Project Girasoles was inaugurated in Santa Cruz on February this year, and currently 40 young girls are participating in the different trainings offered for their personal and professional development. Most of these girls are at-risk, having dropped out high school or having been a victim of sexual assault. Each receives support to help identify their strengths. They also receive technical education, from the National Learning Institute (INA), the Social Support Institute (IMAS), and the Young People Council.

“I want to find a job … Thanks to Girasoles I am now more confident and know my strengths. I’ve discovered that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to,” Patricia Cabalceta Jimenez.
“I want to find a job … Thanks to Girasoles I am now more confident and know my strengths. I’ve discovered that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to,” Patricia Cabalceta Jimenez.

The U.S. government granted Girasoles USD 414,000 through its Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).