In Fundación Proacceso we work hard every day to create new and different ways to solve the practical necessities of the community. This is how we are always creating new courses and ways of encourage single mothers, and women in general to take interest in their education.
This is why, last month, with the help of Microsoft, we developed the first pilot of Misión Emprende. Misión Emprende is a three part series designed to teach entrepreneurs how to convert ideas into actions that have value for others. Based in the Push Method, Misión Emprende "pushes" students through their fears and into action. Using the business model canvas, prospective and current entrepreneurs learn how determine their value propositions, identify and reach customer groups, manage costs & revenues, and pitch their ideas. The course is based in case-studies, board games, a Transmedia strategy to delivering information (blogs, podcasts, videos).
This course is being now implemented in two low income communities in the municipalities of Toluca and Nezahualcóyotl. Misión Emprende wasn’t developed specifically for women, nevertheless, in the first group 87% of the people were women and in the second group it became a 100%.
We also worked on this video so more people know about this program.
Hello dear donors,
Thank you so much for your interest in this project.
It’s almost mother’s day (very important event in Mexico) and we want to share with you three videos in which RIA’s moms talk about how computing courses have helped them get the tools they need and use in their daily lives. You can even see their children playing in the back. In the RIA, people from all ages can access quality education and interact with family and friends in a positive and constructive way.
Carmen, María and Sara learned and practiced how to create a video and upload it to Youtube and Facebook. This videos were recovered from their practice and were subtitled for you!
Thank you for making this possible :)
With your help, single mothers from low income communities can access technology and high quality education. After students, mothers are the second group attending the RIA or Learning and Innovation Network. Here's Marías story:
"My name is Maria Felix Ocampo Noverón. I'm 38 years old.
We started the course three weeks ago with teacher Esmeralda. The truth is I learn something new every day, in each class. My life has changed since I started the course, I am excited and want to learn more. I started coming because a friend told me she was studying computing and she told me where. I didn't know it was a Foundation and I was amazed because my excuse was always that I didn't have any money, but I had never looked for a place like the RIA.
I like the RIA: everyone can access courses to learn new skills, how to find a job, how to do homework or just to update with new technologies. The school is very nice, their facilities are modern and it has a good vibe.
My daughter also comes to a Computer course. The teacher is excellent, because she's very patient.
I would like to know more about computers and then study English. I hope I can start soon".
Help mothers like María change their lives and teach their children to leave excuses behind and work for a brighter future. Thank you for your donation.
Dear Global Giving donor,
Since its inception in 2009, Fundacion Proacceso has opened 70 RIA centers and 25 Digital Libraries and benefited more than 400,000 users. Thanks to your support this year, we have been able to offer scholarships to single moms in order to empower them by education and help them change their life for good.
We thought you might want to hear it directly from a brave single mom that has benefited from our program,
My name is Maria Martha Guzman Alonso. I’m 54 years old and I am a single mom.
I have been at the RIA for approximately for 4 months. Since I decided to take this course, I feel much more confident in my educational, working and personal life. That’s because today half of the things are about the Iinternet.
What I like the most about the RIA is the way teachers relate to us. They give us the confidence we need in order to learn. I have a 10 year old niece that comes with me. Before she came, she would only play around. Now she’s learning a lot, and she’s very happy.
I thank my teachers for their patience and for teaching all of us –adults and kids. I am so pleased I’ve finished my course. It hasn’t been easy, but I have now more hope for the future. I’m looking forward to having my own computer.
In 2013, we plan to go on. As you know, the cost of offering quality education in marginalized community does not go away. We hope for your continued support in the future.
Once again, thank you for being a part of this life-changing program
This is Rebeca, she used to be a typist for some years and then stayed home to look after her kids for 15 years. Her life changed unexpectedly and she was forced to look for a job. When she goes to the interviews she realizes that unless she learns how to use a computer she won´t be able to find a job support her family. She says:
“I got a job at a Lawyers buffet and one day my boss asked me to turn on the computer. I didn´t know what to do so I just said - I don´t know computing but I can assure you I will learn – That´s when I decided to come to the RIA.”
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