Walkiria Pimentel

Survival Skills Teacher

Arraijan , Panama

Walkiria is a computer and survival skills teacher at Asilo Malambo orphanage in Panama. She was already working with the orphanage when Just Hope asked her to increase her responsibilities as a teacher in the survival skills program.

Walkiria grew up in the difficult neighborhood of Churillo, but was fortunate to get an education. She began teaching 35 years ago with the Girl Scouts, and since then, has taught leadership in Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Colombia.

“I love teaching the Survival Skills program, because it values who each girl is,” she said. “I am constantly guiding the girls to become more responsible and mature so they can make it successfully once they are on their own.”

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Survival Skills in Panama
Arraijan , Panama

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The Importance of Studying

  • Survival Skills, Panama
In Malambo, students discussed effective study guidelines and the importance of studying. They reviewed ways to develop positive habits and study routines for effective learning. Walkiria led discussions about things that can be distracting such as TV, music and cell phones. Some of the students shared that they limit the number of activities they participate in because it can take them away from their studies.

Survival Skills students share their thoughts

Several of our students in the Survival Skills program in Panama wrote notes about what the program has meant to them and what they have learned. Click here to read a few highlights.

Strategic partnerships offer growth opportunities to girls

We have formed strategic partnerships with local organizations that allow us to offer additional opportunities to our students. Girls have participated in a program called Transicion a la Vida, which included weekly Deloitte workshops that covered topics such as self-esteem and how to write a resume. The next Transicion a la Vida  program will be held every other Saturday beginning in January, and will address personal professional branding. We are also grateful for a partnership with Friends of Malambo, because they are experienced at connecting young people to jobs and college scholarships.

Celebrating the completion of our pilot program!

Our leadership team visited both groups of girls in Panama this month to celebrate the completion of our first Survival Skills pilot program. During our visits to Malambo and Colon, we conducted interviews with each of the students. We wanted to learn how they would describe the value of the program and what improvements could be made. Each girl received a Spanish Bible following the interview. Only Farah will be graduating from the program, and is already “practicing,” which is how they refer to interning, around the offices at Malambo. Farah had perfect attendance for the Deloitte workshops in Panama City held on eight consecutive Fridays. Maritza, Elva, and Alejandra also attended and did very well. Lucija, the Director over Transicion a la Vida, was responsible for including our girls and making sure they had all the information necessary to receive the training. After she graduates, Farah will live with a Malambo staff member until she finds housing with other roommates as she goes to college. Malambo will subsidize her basic needs until she is on her own. We are excited to this first fledgling leave the nest and take flight!

Curriculum Optimization

With the conclusion of our pilot program this month, we have tweaked the curriculum for the next program, which will begin in March. Everyone believes it critical to start the program with lessons on independent living, which immediately introduces the girls to the concept of what it will cost to live outside the orphanage. Beginning with this module will allow the instructor to build every lesson on the importance of pursuing economic independence.

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