Documents concerning the programs and development of young women's Christian associations in South America. The YWCA of the U.S.A. as part of the world's movement of YWCA's and the international organization, World YWCA, participates in this network of associations by offering support to associations, maintaining an awareness of YWCA work and needs in other countries and sending representatives abroad to aid in development. Correspondence and visitation reports submitted to the International Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. include program updates, assessments and descriptions of the context in which the associations are developing and often offer a first person account of the American secretary's impression of the communities. The documents are arranged alphabetically by country and are followed by two sections concerning work in South America in general. The first of these sections are correspondence and reports concerning the Organismo Tecnico, a YWCA leadership training school set up to strengthen leadership with the goal of South American associations becoming independent associations that don't rely on foreign aid and leadership. The final section contains visitation reports from secretaries visiting many South American countries and a study guide to Latin America for use in YWCA of the U.S.A. associations.
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South America, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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