Grantee name: Central American Women's Fund / Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres

Mission: Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM) is the first and only foundation in Central America dedicated to mobilizing resources for grassroots women’s organizations working to guarantee women’s rights to physical and emotional integrity, economic justice and to participate as leaders in making decisions that affect their lives and communities.  FCAM nurtures these organizations by providing funds, capacity building, tools, knowledge and opportunities to strengthen their defense and promotion of human rights. 

Location: Managua, Nicaragua


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Channel Grants: Channel has made annual grants to the Central American Women’s Fund (CAWF)/ Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM) for the purposes of supporting the “Strengthening Indigenous Young Women’s Leadership” Project.  Through this project, funds are directed in the form of grants and capacity-building training to several women’s organizations in Guatemala that are led by and involve young indigenous women as leaders in defending and promoting their human rights. (2008 to present)

In 2009 Channel made a small emergency grant to the Central American Women’s Connection-La Conexión to support their partners in the Honduran women’s movement, the Women’s Forum for Life. The grant is intended to support their work securing women’s safety during public protests, providing assistance for women who are victims of repression by the armed forces, and promoting safe and open forums for discussion and analysis of the socio-political situation in Honduras. (2009)

In 2008 Channel also co-sponsored a session with CAWF on “Fighting for Her Rights: Young Indigenous Leaders in Central America” at the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples conference on "Awakening Consciousness and Forming Alliances" in Queretaro, Mexico, January 2008. We were pleased to promote a dialogue between funders and indigenous women and men from the region.  Also with CAWF, we helped support a workshop for indigenous women’s groups from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on evaluating social change impact in Guatemala in February 2008.

In 2007 Channel made a grant to support CAWF's “Strengthening Indigenous Young Women’s Leadership Project” in Guatemala (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Global Fund for Women). (2007)

In 2006 Channel made a grant to CAWF (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Global Fund for Women) in support of their work on violence against women and reproductive rights. (2006)

Photos courtesy of the Central American Women's Fund.