Hello MSMC supporters!
We are back with more great news. During these months, MSMC continued its mission to help indigenous youth in Ceará, as well as expand its work to other indigenous communities in Brazil.
Remember that the focus of this project is to inspire indigenous youth to dream and to go after their dreams. MSMC helps them achieve their dreams through educational and professional support, among other forms of assistance.
We begin by highlighting the story of Judimar (Juca) Fernandes.
A little background first: In 2012, members of the MSMC team visited some indigenous tribes in the Amazons. Among the tribes was the Dessana, which is the last tribe along the Black River (Rio Negro), right on the border with Colombia.
During their visit with the Dessana, MSMC team members met many youths who had given up on having dreams; they lived without ambition and some even contemplated suicide. But one young man they met, Judimar (Juca) Fernandes, thought differently.
Since November, Juca has been pursuing his dream to complete a technical certificate program in IT. He has made significant sacrifices to make this happen, even temporarily moving from his small, Amazonian village to the city of Fortaleza, Ceará (where MSMC is located) to attend classes. Congratulations Juca on your commitment to your dream!
Per usual, MSMC has stayed very busy. Over the last few months, MSMC has accomplished the following:
As you can see, 2014 was a busy, productive, and enriching year. MSMC focused on activities and projects that helped develop a sense of belonging to the community, valuing of one’s culture, and helping the youth get organized and dream big. Thank you for making this possible and we look forward to another year of great achievements with your continued support!
June through September 2014
Hello supporters! We have great news to share. As always, MSMC is holding strong to its mission to lift up indigenous youth, and we have lots to show for it, so thank you for your partnership.
During these past few months, through the Empower Indigenous Youth project, MSMC has continued to develop its work with indigenous youth in Ceará, with its focus continuing to be EDUCATION: career training, technical skills-based classes, and socio-educational support to help them get to college and succeed there, as well as participation in events that promote and strengthen indigenous culture.
MSMC does not rest! Activities completed this trimester:
Conclusion: Between June and September of 2014, MSMC continued to keep indigenous youth as one of its focuses, engaging in many activities that involved partnerships with organizations in Fortaleza and Maracanaú. The goal continues to be to serve indigenous youth from all parts of Ceará through a systemic approach that nurtures the whole human being, addressing its biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions.
Îandé Memé Maranongara
Somos Todos Parentes
We are all related
In 2014, MSMC has continued to develop its indigenous Pitaguary youth project with a focus on professional development and socio-educational support by helping the youth get into college, take technical courses, and prepare them for the job market. This project benefits youth ages 14 to 25 in the indigenous community of Maracanaú, Ceará, Brazil.
The last few months have been very busy! Take a look at some of the activities completed:
As a final point, January through March of 2014 ended the scholarship programs that allowed students to study in private schools, so all current students in the program are studying in public schools. 6 have finished high school and 12 will finish in 2015.
Dear Global Givers,
We have more to report from August through December 2013. Your donations have been hard at work supporting opportunities for indigenous Pitaguary youth to make their dreams come true.
In these last several months, we have accomplished:
We sure have been busy – and all of this would not have been possible without your support. We were able to serve about 150 indigenous people through the various activities listed above. The result was personal and intellectual growth, boosting of self-esteem, identification with indigenous culture, greater awareness of environmental issues, and greater motivation to study and be involved in the community.
Thank you to all of our donors! Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all relatives)
May, June and July have been busy months for Empowering Indigenous Youth in Fortaleza, Brazil!
The Community Mental Health Movement (MSMC) has engaged students in many activities, with a focus on academics and fostering pride in indigenous culture. These activities included tutoring, engaging in traditional Lakota rituals (such as the sacred sauna), events on human rights and environmental education, and even a trip to Rio for World Youth Day!
Each month during this period, an average of 100 indigenous youth were served and the result of the various activities offered was growing maturity in the majority of participants. There was a noticeable increase in self-esteem, identification with indigenous culture, a greater ecological awareness, greater motivation to go on to college, greater participation in community activities and greater respect for leaders among themselves, their tribal chief, and their elders.
To put a concrete face to these amazing gains, 6 students, through the support of MSMC (and your donations!) took the college entrance exams for the State University of Ceará (UECE).
These students (pictured above) are:
Congratulations to our students! With your support, we can look forward to sending even more students to college, breaking the cycle of poverty that afflicts the indigenous community of Fortaleza. Now that is social transformation!
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