Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP

To create and implement programs which contribute to sustainable human development in order to allow individuals to take control of their own health, productivity, and lives.
Jan 27, 2014

The help is arriving to Guerrero and Oaxaca

A woman observing the flood damages
A woman observing the flood damages

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!

Children of Comaltepec
Children of Comaltepec
Distributing toys for the children
Distributing toys for the children
Women and children choosing clothes
Women and children choosing clothes
Flood damages
Flood damages
A woman observing the flood damages
A woman observing the flood damages
Oct 23, 2013

October Update: Great results in Chiapas

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!

 

 

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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! 

Oct 7, 2013

Great results in our Child Development Centers

Hi! I would like to tell you about how our program “Help Children Left Behind in Mexico” is going.

We have continued training through workshops community promoters, teachers, healthcare personnel, parents, and caretakers in life skills, reduction of psychosocial barriers and early childhood development. At the moment, the program benefits 2,517 persons in the Hidalgo state: 237 community promoters, health professionals, teachers and educational authorities, 420 caretakers (parents and relatives of the children) and 1,860 babies and children aged 0-12. Our “I want to, I can” Child Development Centers have been received very well and the communities are participating in them enthusiastically.  

We evaluate our programs periodically, and the most recent evaluation has shown positive results. The teachers, the community promoters, and the health personnel that participates in our workshops, have increased their life skills, especially self-knowledge, management of emotions, empathy, assertive communication, decision-making, critical thinking, conflict resolution and negotiation and group work. They have also decreased the psycosocial barriers (fear, guilt, shame, prejudice, and resentment) that are obstacles to personal development. They have also increased their knowledge on infant development, upbringing and school performance and the effects of parental migration on children. After the workshops, they have also more positive attitudes on the involvement of the adults on child development, the importance of the play and the importance of the personal agency in parents and caretakers.

The evaluation of the babies, for its part, shows that the program has had positive effects on the children that participate. For example, there are more normal-weight babies than in the control group. There are also more babies that have outstanding development level and fewer babies with deficient development level than in the control group. The babies that participate in the program have more advanced auditory and visual perception and motor development level than babies of their age – something that does not happen in the control group. These evaluation results show that the program is really working. We will soon apply more periodical evaluations to see how the other age groups are going.

Thank you for continuing to support of the children left behind in Hidalgo and helping us with this important work!

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Hola! Me gustaría contarles cómo nuestro programa “Ayuda a los niños dejados atrás en México” va. Hemos continuado formando a través de talleres a los promotores comunitarios, docentes, personal de salud y padres, madres y cuidadores en habilidades para la vida, reducción de barreras psicosociales y desarrollo infantil.  Actualmente, el programa beneficia a 2,517 personas en Hidalgo: 237 promotores comunitarios, profesionales de salud, docentes y autoridades educativas, 420 cuidadores (madres, padres y familiares) y 1,860 niños entre 0 y 12 años. Nuestros Centros de Desarrollo Infantil “Yo quiero Yo puedo” han sido recibidos muy bien y las comunidades participan en ellos con entusiasmo.

Evaluamos nuestros programas periódicamente, y las evaluaciones más recientes han mostrado resultados positivos. Los docentes, los promotores comunitarios y el personal de salud que participa en nuestro programa, han incrementado sus habilidades para la vida, especialmente auto-conocimiento, manejo de emociones, empatía, comunicación asertiva, toma de decisiones, pensamiento crítico, resolución de conflictos y negociación, y trabajo en equipo. También han disminuido las barreras psicosociales (miedo, culpa, pena, prejuicios y resentimientos) que obstaculizan el desarrollo personal. Además, han incrementado sus conocimientos sobre desarrollo infantil, crianza y rendimiento escolar y efectos de la migración en los niños y las niñas. Después de los talleres, también tienen actitud más positiva

hacia ciertos aspectos vinculados al desarrollo infantil: papel de todos los adultos involucrados, importancia del juego e importancia de la agencia personal en los padres.  

La evaluación de los bebés, por su parte, muestra que el programa tiene efectos positivos en los niños y las niñas que participan en él. Por ejemplo, hay más bebés con peso normal que en el grupo control. Más bebés que participan en el programa  tienen un nivel de desarrollo sobresaliente y menos bebés participantes un desarrollo deficiente –si se les compara con los del grupo control. Aquellos bebés que participan en el programa tienen una percepción (auditiva y visual) y motricidad (fina y gruesa) más avanzadas para la edad que presentan, lo que no ocurre con los bebés del grupo control. Estos resultados muestran que el programa realmente funciona. Vamos a aplicar pronto más evaluaciones para conocer el efecto del programa en otros grupos de edad.

¡Gracias por seguir apoyando a los niños y las niñas dejadas atrás en Hidalgo y apoyándonos en este trabajo importante!

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