A life skills and education program with indigenous children in Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico, to prevent against drug use. 30 local teachers will receive training to then replicate with 750 students.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Since 2002, there has been a 50% increase in drug abuse in Mexico. Add to that, lack of interest in school makes students more vulnerable to drugs and involvement in criminal activities. In Las Margaritas, Chiapas in particular, over half the population does not finish primary school. School-based prevention programs emphasizing academic performance, continued school enrollment and life skills will work as protective factors against substance abuse at a young age.
How will this project solve this problem?
By focusing on the development of competencies as protective factors, teachersâ€™ educational and life skills and studentsÂ´ academic progress and personal growth will be supported.
Potential Long Term Impact
This program will help reduce drug use in the community, and improve local health overall. Furthermore, improved academic achievement will impact studentsâ€™ employment prospects after graduation.
Total Funding Received to Date: $12,021
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $12,021 . The original project funding goal was $11,500.