In Colombia, 1 in 5 girls under the age of 19 are or have been pregnant. Urban myths mislead many, and sex education is rarely taught or discussed. After living as part of the Cali community and becoming closer with families, she quickly discovered her purpose: to launch a project with her community to destigmatize sex education and make it accessible to youth across the region.
Salka had the passion and connections yet lacked the experience to know how to best start an organization. Philanthropy University could not have come at a better time.
She had taken online courses before, but not like this. She was able to implement exercises directly to her work. She found the coursework to be rigorous but not too difficult. She created a non-profit strategy that aligned all her programs with a common goal. She set up a monitoring and evaluation system to track and measure their progress. She learned so much she felt incentivized to take more courses and encouraged her colleagues to do the same.
A year into operation, her organization Mi Cuerpo/Min Krop reaches more than 2,300 students through 14 partnering schools and organizations — significantly higher than their original 1,150 students with 6 partner schools. Their annual revenue doubled too, now totalling nearly $9,000.00 USD.
Her impact is not just reflected in numbers, but the appreciation and honesty Salka experiences in her workshops. She covers sexual education topics over four two-hour workshops, which engages even extremely shy students. Two students once approached her to thank her for building a connection among their classmates and talking so openly and naturally about sex; they said it was the first time that ever happened to them. They were just one week away from graduation.