I would like share with you some of the results of our program “Help Children Left Behind in Mexico”. At the moment, 2,517 persons (657 adults and 1860 babies and children) have participated in our “I want to, I can” Child Development Centers in Hidalgo state. We have organized workshops for teachers, community promoters and parents and caretakers and the children have participated in different activities in the Child Development Centers and at school, depending on their age.
In December and January, we have been carrying out evaluations of our program. I´m glad to tell you that the evaluation of the babies and their parents have shown great results. We have been interviewing the parents and caretakers to get more information on the development of their babies, and in addition, we have realized different tests and observed the babies to corroborate the results. We have also compared the results with control group of children of the same age that do not participate in the program.
The evaluation shows that the babies that participate in the “I Want to, I can” Child Development Centers show higher levels of emotional, social and cognitive development and have better sleeping and nutrition habits than the babies that do not participate in the program. This means that the participant babies manage better their emotions, are less impulsive, irritable and aggressive and handle frustration better than the control group. They also communicate their needs better, cooperate more with other people, are more empathetic, smile more, play with their pairs and think more before acting.
In addition, all the babies that participate in the program show higher level of development than normal. At the same time, 72% of the babies in the control group show a deficient development level, which mean they are below the development level expected at their age.
All this shows that the program is really working. The early childhood development has an important impact in the later life. Giving these marginalized children a chance to get adequate stimulation, nutrition and care, together we can have a great positive impact on their future.
Thank you so much for your continuing interest and support for the children left behind in Hidalgo! Without people like you, we could not continue this important work!
After the tropical storm Manuel and the Hurricane Ingrid in September 2013, thousands of Mexicans suffered from the floods, landslides and damages to the infrastructure. Guerrero and Oaxaca were severely affected by these natural disasters. Highways and roads were affected by the floods and many communities were isolated.
Even though Acapulco and Chilpancingo, the most important cities of the Guerrero state have received resources for the reconstruction, in many other parts of Guerrero the situation is much more difficult. In the Mountain Region and part of the Coastal Region, several months after the storm the reconstruction process is only slowly beginning. In addition, Guerrero is the only state that will receive federal funds for the reconstruction process. For example, parts of the Oaxaca state also suffered heavy damages to the infrastructure, but no federal funds for 2014 have been budgeted for the reconstruction process.
Through our program “Help Mexico’s flood victims”, Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has reached to the marginalized communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca to help them with the basic needs. In September and October, we gathered basic food supplies, medicines and clothes and also received material donations from individuals who know our work. These food supplies were distributed to the communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca through Territorio Jaguar and Siete Colores, two local organizations. This strategy was chosen so that the food aid could be delivered as fast as possible in the difficult conditions were the access to many communities was very complicated.
In October 25th and 26th, we visited communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca to distribute cloths, shoes and some toys too, as the children lost also their toys. In Guerrero, we visited three communities: Banco de Oro, where the donation benefitted approximately 40 families, El Arenal, where 30 families received help and Comaltepec, with 40 families as beneficiaries. In Oaxaca, we went to the municipality of Santo Domingo Teojomulco, where the donation benefits approximately 20 families.
In 2014, our objective in this project is to concentrate more on the reconstruction of the houses and agricultural lands.
In this process, the support of the GlobalGiving donors has been and is fundamental. Thank you for helping the flood victims of these marginalized communities!
Hi! I would like to tell you how well we are advancing in our program “We want to stay at school!” in Las Margaritas, Chiapas. As part of the program to improve school performance and to prevent school drop-out, we designed and implemented a special module “I want to, I can think mathematically” to enhance mathematical skills through life skills development. Mathematics is often a difficult for the students and teachers alike, and this can even affect the children’s capacity to continue their studies further.
The piloting of the module “I want to, I can… think mathematically” in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, went great. The teachers received educational materials and intensive training in mathematical thinking and in the methodology so that they could replicate the contents successfully with the children. The module includes exercises that promote the creativity, analytical thinking, problem resolution, concentration and abstract reasoning. The exercises show in a simple way how mathematics is everywhere and how everyone can learn mathematics.
The evaluation showed that the module “I want to, I can… think mathematically” has had a significant positive effect: after taking the training, the children have had better grades in mathematics. They also showed more positive attitudes towards mathematics than before. This confirms that it is necessary to keep on working to implement this program also in other schools.
The evaluation showed also that more generally, the program “We want to stay at school!” helps the children to develop their life skills and more positive attitudes and conducts towards studying, mathematics and problem solving. The children are also more motivated to study. This way, the program increases their possibility of continuing their studies.
We want to thank all the donors of GlobalGiving for helping us to make this happen. Your support is very important to the children of Las Margaritas! Please consider telling you friends and family about the project, so that more people add up to the cause and more marginalized children can keep on studying for the better future!
Excelentes resultados en Chiapas
¡Hola! Me gustaría contarles de los excelentes avances que hemos hecho en nuestro programa “Yo quiero, yo puedo… seguir estudiando” en Las Margaritas, Chiapas. Como parte del programa para mejorar el rendimiento académico y prevenir la deserción escolar, desarrollamos e implementamos un módulo especial, “Yo quiero, yo puedo… pensar matemáticamente”. El objetivo de este nuevo módulo es mejorar las habilidades matemáticas de los niños y niñas a través de desarrollo de habilidades para la vida. Las matemáticas pueden ser difíciles tanto para los alumnos como para los docentes, y esto puede afectar la capacidad de los niños y las niñas de seguir con sus estudios.
El piloteo del módulo “Yo quiero, yo puedo… pensar matemáticamente” en las Margaritas, Chiapas, funcionó muy bien. Los maestros recibieron materiales educativos y formación intensiva en pensamiento matemático y en cuestiones de metodología para poder replicar los contenidos exitosamente con sus alumnos. El módulo incluye ejercicios incluye ejercicios que promueven la creatividad, el pensamiento analítico, la resolución de problemas, la concentración y el razonamiento abstracto. Los ejercicios demuestran de manera sencilla que las matemáticas están en todas partes y desensibilizan hacia la idea de que solo unas cuantas personas pueden aprenderlas.
La evaluación muestra que el módulo sobre matemáticas ha tenido un efecto positivo significativo: después de haber participado en la formación, los alumnos mejoraron sus calificaciones en matemáticas. También mostraron una actitud más positiva hacia el estudio de matemáticas que antes. Esto confirma que es necesario seguir trabajando para poder implementar este programa también en otras escuelas.
La evaluación mostró que más generalmente, el programa “Yo quiero, yo puedo… seguir estudiando” ayuda a los niños y las niñas desarrollar sus habilidades para la vida y tener actitudes y conductas más positivas hacia permanecer en la escuela y hacia matemáticas y resolución de problemas. Los niños y las niñas que participan en el programa, también mejoran su motivación hacia el estudio. De esta manera, el programa aumenta sus posibilidades de seguir estudiando.
Queremos agradecer a todos los donantes de GlobalGiving por ayudarnos a realizar estos éxitos. ¡Su apoyo es muy importante para los niños y las niñas de las Margaritas! ¡Esperamos que usted pueda comentar sobre el proyecto a sus amigos y amigas para que más personas se sumen a la campaña y más niños y niñas marginados puedan seguir estudiando para un mejor futuro!