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Trust for the Americas Receives $40,000 Donation for its POETA Program

  March 19, 2010

The Trust for the Americas, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), received a donation from Microsoft Guatemala of $40,000 for its Partnership for Opportunities in Employment through Technology in the Americas (POETA), which has benefited more than 1,500 at-risk youths and more than 2,500 people with disabilities.

Microsoft Guatemala’s donation is an important contribution to the POETA program, which has as its goal to provide new working tools to youths in at-risk situations, people with disabilities and others through systems training. In this case, the donation will help strengthen the labor inclusion component at the POETA Centers in the Central American country, as well as networking and training in the use of technological tools for people with disabilities, at-risk youths and the community in general.

“The use of technology and labor social inclusion generate new possibilities for vulnerable groups, and that is what The Trust for the Americas is generating along with Microsoft,” said Cinthia Castellanos, POETA Program Coordinator for Central America and the Caribbean.

For his part, the OAS representative in Guatemala, Pedro Brolo, emphasized that “the support of Microsoft in projects of high social impact brings benefits to the Guatemalan youth and allows them to fulfill their potential, as an important part of the development of our country, through the POETA program, one of the banner initiatives of the OAS.”

Since 2005, the POETA program has directly benefitted more than 4,000 people and indirectly more than 10,000 members of Guatemalan communities where the seven POETA Centers are located.

The POETA program, which has more than 60 Centers in Latin America, has been sponsored by Microsoft Corporation since 2005 through cash donations as well as more than $500,000 in software applications.

The Trust for the Americas was established in 1997 to promote participation of the public and private sectors in strategic projects of the OAS and its member states, and is a non-profit organization affiliated with the OAS.

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Reference: E-077/10