Learning to Be “Divine” in Samara

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The transition from childhood to adolescence can be scary and stressful for girls who have never received information about self-respect, self-esteem and how to properly nourish and feed the body.

This motivated Andrea Keith and Tess McGrath (from the CREAR Foundation) to form a group for girls, called Las Divinas, where constructive and self-improvement activities are held in Samara.

Thanks to this arrangement, Keith and McGrath have been able to spend time with and get to know these girls personally, providing them with the tools to strengthen the areas in which they are vulnerable. Keith, who studied psychology, has worked with CREAR for six years and met most of these girls that way.

In mid-April, the group started meeting in the community hall of El Torito on Monday nights, with young girls from the community between the ages of 12 and 15, and it has had such a positive response that they had to open up another session on Wednesdays.

In an effort to expose them to a healthier life style, the girls receive information and personal motivation exercises every week, as well as cooking classes and chats with single mothers and volunteers from the United States.

“We want to inspire these girls, to build a friendship and not talk behind other people’s backs or gossip amongst themselves, but to build them up, think positive and focus on a career. We work with their talents, for example one likes yoga so we are motivating her to become an instructor,” Keith commented.

Fabiola Sanchez, 15 years old, has been attending the group for five weeks every Monday and Wednesday. “I really needed something like this… We have someone trustworthy. We have experienced many nice things together— we did zumba, we met people from other countries and we went to healthy cooking classes. The girls love it. We almost never miss it,” she said. 

Any girl between 12 and 18 years old can join the group.

For more information, contact Andrea at 8420-2155 or through the Facebook page of Asociacion CREAR,