Help 455 At-Risk Children in Mexico Stay in School

Jun 15, 2010

Great News!

Thank you for the support you give to our project! It is very important for us to continue with the efforts that will allow us to give these children an opportunity to access a better education and improve their living conditions. As you may know, the children that we support through this campaign have great deficiencies that impose a barrier for their learning skills and to lead a healthy up growing.

Thanks to your active participation we are reaching our monetary goal of fundraising for these 455 students at risk! With your recent donations, we have already gathered $8,050 US from our $12,000 US primary goal, which will help provide a permanent nutrition program, in addition to phsicological services, and parenting classes for low-income family members.

Specifically, your donations have supported pro-active workshops of self-esteem encouragement in children, as well as in their parents. This has helped reinforce individual qualities overall and improve behavior in children with learning disabilities. Additionally, activities regarding identifying, assimilating, and handling of feelings were provided to enhance emotional intelligence. Moreover, a dentist explained the importance of oral hygiene to foster dental care and instructed key techniques to do so.

We encourage you to keep fulfilling the dreams of these children by helping us keep them in a school that provides a learning and loving environment!!

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The EDUCA Team

Mar 27, 2010

In the words of our staff

Exercising to increase psychomotor coordination
Exercising to increase psychomotor coordination

We greatly appreciate your support to our project. In this report, we quote members of our staff so that you can “hear” from them about the great work they do to benefit 455 preschoolers who have demonstrated financial need.

Nancy Alejandra Ocampo, Preeschool Teacher

“The students from my group have made great advances in their language skills, especially in verbal expression and in writing their names. They have developed greater independence and willingness to participate in games like Twister, Hand Painting and Bingo. They respect turns, follow game rules, use their imagination and pay special attention to their gross motor skills. As a teacher, on a daily basis, I research creative activities that will be useful for teaching and that will interest them. I have learned a great deal as every child poses a different challenge due to their various learning processes and particular personalities. Every student has taught me something new or reminded me of something I had forgotten.” Angélica Sarmiento Barrios, School Psychologist

“During the last bimester, I provided psychological services to 91 students and their parents or guardians, the main issues that we addressed included toilet training, speech, learning to adapt, socialization, behavioral conduct, and physical abuse. During one of our group sessions, I spoke about the importance of oral language and speech disorders in children between 2 and 3 years of age. After the lecture, both the children and their parents participated in a guided exercise to increase the toddlers’ coordination of the tongue, lips and jaw. The nursery teachers were present to help direct the participants. We used traditional Mexican sweets such as Cajeta, Lechera, Duvalín, lollipops, cups, water and straws. The goal of this activity was for parents to learn and get involved in motor and speech exercises that help develop the natural skills of their children.”

“Parents have requested that during the parenting classes we address issues that have been affecting them such as communication with family members and spouses, domestic violence, sexual abuse, single parenting, self-esteem, emotional control and establishing boundaries. Thrity-two parents attended our “Values and Family” and “Emotions and Learning” sessions. Some of them have even asked for individual therapy to find solutions to the problems that have been affecting their family life and which impact their children’s emotional development and behavior.”

Irma Morales Martínez, School Principal

“For our school it is very important to implement innovative teaching-learning activities that are favorable for the integral development of our students. It has been of great interest for us to have our project showcased by Fundación Educa México, A.C. on GlobalGiving as it has challenged and allowed us to be creative. Our students have made presentations before their classmates and even children from other grades about natural phenomena. We have noticed the involvement and commitment of parents in helping their children learn the information and build their expositions. Teachers and their students also researched and performed experiments, an activity that we had never done before. The children were thrilled. Furthermore, we have continued our teaching activities in our computer room, physical education in the play yard and creative workshops making cookies, painting, and performing children’s stories. Nancy Pamela Pérez Villegas, Educa Institutional Outreach Coordinator

“During the months of November and December 2009, Fundación EDUCA México, A.C. collected 5,000 toys from donors in Mexico which we distributed in 39 Educa Network Schools. On January 20th, we delivered 455 toys at Sedac’s Preschool, benefiting 195 girls and 260 boys. This was a very important experience for me because each toy caused joy and illusion, especially for the children who live in La Ladrillera (Brick Builders) Community that did not receive gifts on Three Kings Day due to the economic hardship that their families constantly face. Moreover, the toy delivery allowed us to show the children that during their time in school they can learn many new things and also share moments of happiness with their peers and teachers. I would like our donors to know that their effort to donate to our projects has no price, we could only repay it with our enormous gratitude.”

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Best regards,

The Fundación EDUCA México Team

Identifying shapes & colors during Computer Class
Identifying shapes & colors during Computer Class
Educa delivered new toys in January
Educa delivered new toys in January
Nov 23, 2009

Essential Services for Preschoolers to Stay in School!

Teacher Aurelia Guerrero reads a story to her class.
Teacher Aurelia Guerrero reads a story to her class.

Thank you very much for your generous support! Your donations have allowed us to continue supporting at-risk children with services that encourage them to stay and succeed in school. 65.9% of them come from families with monthly incomes between 77 USD and 230 USD. Therefore, these services make a significant impact in their daily lives.

“I really like to come to school because I make many friends and I like to study and eat” – Fernando Tafolla Ponce, Five-Year- Old Benefited Preschooler

Meals SEDAC’s Pre-School provides balanced breakfast and lunch for its 455 students. Each month, the School serves an average of 3,285 breakfasts and 5,645 lunches. The nutrition program has now been complemented with medical monitoring of each child’s height and weight. As a result, school staff make sure that children who are underweight or who suffer malnutrition consume the necessary intake of food. In addition, their parents are being informed of their child’s growth and the school has invited a nutritionist to offer them advice to follow at home.

School Supplies This Pre-School has a teaching staff of 18. They use teaching material to stimulate the Pre-Schoolers’ five senses focusing on personal and social development, language and oral communication, artistic expression, and exploration and knowledge of their surroundings. Your donations have supported the maintenance of their computer lab, and the purchase of school supplies such as different types of paper, coloring pencils, paint, scissors, wooden sticks, straws, seeds, magazines, balls and balloons. These supplies, along with those available in the school, aid in the development of their fine motor skills, communication and memory.

Psychological Services Psychological attention is mainly provided for students whose disorders affect their integrity and cause poor academic performance. Many of their problems stem from their family’s problems at home; therefore, their families also receive guidance. During October 2009, 37 children and their parents received therapy to address learning disabilities, adjustment and behavioral problems, and speech therapy. Each child continues to receive therapy and guidance as long as necessary.

Parenting classes 52.83% of their parents list elementary or middle school as their highest level of schooling. As a result, they lack the skills to support their children with school related matters and personal development. With the donations that have been received, the school has been able to provide Parenting Classes. The school psychologist gives speeches about family values, parenting skills, and habits that their children are being encouraged to adopt, for instance, using a fork and knife to eat. As a result, parents become co-educators at home who reinforce the teachers’ work and their children’s accomplishments.

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Best regards,

The Fundación EDUCA México Team

Cardboard & clay volcanoes “erupt” with vinegar and baking soda.
Cardboard & clay volcanoes “erupt” with vinegar and baking soda.
Preschoolers enjoy their balanced lunch.
Preschoolers enjoy their balanced lunch.

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