Melel Xojobal A.C.

Melel Xojobal is a children's rights organization based in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Our mission is to promote and defend the rights of indigenous children and young people through participatory educational programs that improve their quality of life. At Melel Xojobal we work in a participatory manner to promote the strengthening of indigenous cultural identity, to defend human rights, to strengthen personal and cultural dignity, to ensure that justice and liberty are respected, and that the participation of all is ensured regardless of race, gender, creed, religious affiliation or ideology. We believe that education is a fundamental means by which people exercise self-de...

Melel Xojobal A.C.
67-B Nicolas Ruiz
Barrio de Guadalupe
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas 29230
Mexico
00 52 (967) 678-5598
http://www.melelxojobal.org.mx

Director

Jennifer Haza Gutierrez

Board of Directors

Patricia Figueroa Fuentes, Jennifer Haza Gutierrez, Gonzalo Ituarto Verduzco, Claudia Soriano Segoviano, Maria Magdalena Jimenez Ramirez, Juan Lopez Intzin, Kathia Loyzaga Davila Madrid

Project Leaders

Susana Donaire

Mission

Melel Xojobal is a children's rights organization based in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Our mission is to promote and defend the rights of indigenous children and young people through participatory educational programs that improve their quality of life. At Melel Xojobal we work in a participatory manner to promote the strengthening of indigenous cultural identity, to defend human rights, to strengthen personal and cultural dignity, to ensure that justice and liberty are respected, and that the participation of all is ensured regardless of race, gender, creed, religious affiliation or ideology. We believe that education is a fundamental means by which people exercise self-determination and become the authors of their own history. Melel Xojobal's specific objectives are: 1. To implement participatory educational programmes with indigenous girls, boys, and young people to promote and defend their rights to health, education, protection from mistreatment, to regulated conditions of work, association and expression. 2. To generate through ongoing research a better understanding of child welfare, human rights and education in an urban context. 3. To inform and educate the Mexican public about the human rights of indigenous girls, boys, and young people of Chiapas. 4. To exchange and share ideas and experiences from a human rights perspective which relate to indigenous infant, childhood, and adolescent education among organizations on a national and international level. All of our work is guided by the aim of protecting and promoting five human rights established by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Rights to health, to education, to protection against all forms of mistreatment, to work, and to freedom of expression and association). Our work responds to the situation of indigenous peoples in Mexico, who account for around 10% of the population, and continue to live in conditions that marginalise them socially, economically and politically and which push them to the edge of society. To provide an indication of the need for our work: according to government statistices, in the city we work in, in 2010 61% of the population had no formal right to medical services; 24% of the population aged 3-18 did not attend school. In 2010 we formally counted 2,481 child workers in the city. In 2005 in Chiapas as a whole, 71% of the population under 14 lived in municipalities classified as being at high or extreme risk of malnutrition; in some municipalities infant mortality rates 75 in a 1000, on a par with several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Programs

Our direct work with young people and children falls into three areas (each of which has one or more 3-year programs) Early Childhood (0-6 years): - Program for Social Inclusion in Early Childhood (health, nutrition, education, healthy development, rights) Working Children (6-13 years): - Program to help Children Enroll and Remain in School - Program to Reduce Risks for Children Working in the Street Young People (13-20 years) - Active Participation Program - Healthy Lifestyles Program - Program to Support Labour Market Entry In addition, in recognition of the fact that there will always be limits on the number of children and young people we can work with directly, we implement research, communication and advocacy programmes. These aim to objectively assess the living conditions of indigenous children and young people and to document the widespread abuses of their rights. Through the programmes we aim to influence the attitudes of government agencies, professionals (doctors, teachers, nurses, social workers) and Mexican society at large on the need to respect the rights of the population we work with.

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