This past week, we had the incredible experience of being a part of Nicaragua’s 2nd Annual Camp #CHACA. I had the honor of co-directing and Andrew got to attend as well as a counselor for 52 young men to learn about #genderequality, violence prevention, and leadership. With a song titled “Somos Uno” (We are One) as our anthem, workshops about sharing power in relationships, goal setting, HIV/Aids and pregnancy prevention, and condom negotiations, all combined with the magic power of camp songs, games and fun, this week was the week of a lifetime.
I can’t begin to describe how moving this experience was for both of us, the boys in attendance, and the rest of our staff. As the boys grew throughout the week, we watched the transformation from “CHavalos A CAballeros” (boys to gentlemen). We can’t wait to see where their journeys take them and know that they will be a part of making Nicaragua a more equitable place.