My Unforgettable Experience in New York - Emilia Yeimy Chojolan Sacalxot - Paz Joven, Guatemala

 

As part of the 2013 Day of the Girl Celebration Let Girls Lead invited Guatemalan girl leader Yeimy Chojolan Sacalxot (pictured above speaking at the United Nations) and 2013 AGALI Fellow Maria Luisa to New York to participate in the Day of the Girl “Speak Out Summit” on October 11th, 2013. Their participation was sponsored by the Working Group on Girls. Maria Luisa is the Director of Paz Joven in Guatemala and Yeimy is a volunteer for the organization. This is the second blog highlighting their experience in New York. The first blog chronicled Maria Luisa’s experience and this one tells girl-leader Yeimy's story.

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My Unforgettable Experience in New York

By Emilia Yeimy Chojolan Sacalxot, Paz Joven

I am very happy to have traveled for the first time to New York and have the honor of representing Guatemala and my organization, Paz Joven, at the United Nations “Girls Speak Out Summit” for the International Day of the Girl. The opportunity to meet new people, and share our work made this trip an unforgettable experience.

When I attended the various activities at the UN, I could see that many different groups and organizations are working to support adolescent girls worldwide. At the meeting, I was also able to show the work we do in my organization in Quetzaltenango, Paz Joven, and highlight the problems we girls face daily in my community. By being able to present and share our work at the Summit, I was able gave to speak on behalf of all of those girls in my community who were not given such an opportunity.

Listening to the work of other teens at the meeting like Claudia, Diana, Sophia Malika, motivated me to continue my work and to support my country and my community, understanding that us girls and adolescents have great potential. We girls are like fertile land – on which I have sown the seeds of support, commitment, responsibility, friendship and a strong will to keep doing my job.

Of the things that struck me the most was Diana’s testimony on the subject of migration. I think that migration reaches the heart of many issues. For Diana, the experiences she has lived and the problems that she faced despite her young age, was impactful. Her story led me to think that we can all contribute to the solution of these problems. Thanks to Diana’s story, I am sharing these experiences with adolescents and youth in my community so that we can join together and see how we can make a difference.

I am thankful to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts for inviting me to this meeting for girls and for providing me with the opportunity to have such an unforgettable experience that I will continue to share with my community.

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Mi experiencia inolvidable en Nueva York

Emilia Yeimy Chojolan Sacalxot, Paz Joven

Me siento muy contenta de haber viajado por primera vez a New York y un honor haber representado a Guatemala y Paz Joven ante la ONU, el haber conocido a más personas hizo esto una experiencia inolvidable.

El asistir a diferentes actividades pude darme cuenta del trabajo que están realizando las diferentes organizaciones y grupos que apoyan a niñas adolescentes en todo el mundo. El exponer el trabajo que realizamos en Paz Joven como también los problemas que vivimos a diario fue una oportunidad de hablar por todas aquellas niñas que no tienen como hacerlo.

Escuchar el trabajo de las otras adolescentes Claudia, Diana, Malika y Sophia me motivó más para seguir adelante y apoyar más a mi país y mi comunidad, ya que nosotras como niñas y adolescentes tenemos un gran potencial. Nosotras somos como tierra fértil en donde yo he sembrado: apoyo, compromiso, responsabilidad, amistad y mucha voluntad para seguir haciendo mi trabajo.

De las cosas que impactaron fue el testimonio de Diana acerca del tema de migración, creo que nos llegó al fondo del corazón a todas, al contar las experiencias que ha vivido y los problemas que a afrontado a pesar de su corta edad, nos llevó a reflexionar que nosotras podemos contribuir a la solución de los problemas. Gracias a la presentación de Diana, estoy compartiendo con las adolescentes y jóvenes de mi comunidad para que puedan contagiarse y que se sumen a lo que podemos hacer.

Le agradezco a la organización por haberme invitado y vivir una experiencia inolvidable que la seguiré compartiendo con mi comunidad. Bendiciones a todas los integrantes de la organizaciones involucradas.

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