Melel Xojobal A.C.

Melel Xojobal is a children's rights organization based in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Our mission is to promote and defend the rights of indigenous children and young people through participatory educational programs that improve their quality of life. At Melel Xojobal we work in a participatory manner to promote the strengthening of indigenous cultural identity, to defend human rights, to strengthen personal and cultural dignity, to ensure that justice and liberty are respected, and that the participation of all is ensured regardless of race, gender, creed, religious affiliation or ideology. We believe that education is a fundamental means by which people exercise sel...
Feb 24, 2017

Beginning 2017 with the right foot

Dear donors,

This year is going to be one of big emotions at Melel Xojobal.

The reason?

We are celebrating our XX Anniversary, twenty years giving our best in order to improve childhood nutrition and their rights to identity and education.

We started this year, as every time, with hard work, but now, the excitement of turning 20 years old, give us more energy and a positive mindset in order to do the best job we can. We want to thank you for being with us in this collective walking.

Last year was pretty good:

  1. Early stimulation and nutritional attention were provided to 39 indigenous children of limited resources and high risk situations.
  2. There were 20 exchange of knowledge meetings with parents about early stimulation at home, alimentary sovereignty, a life free of violence, prevention of child sexual abuse and the rights of identity and education.
  3. Through all the year, we had a total of 340 hours of educative sessions with children focused on motor, expression and social skills, and the strengthen of their self-esteem.

Now, it is our duty to maintain or improve the rhythm.

We already started with the nutritional attention and educative sessions since January. We have some kids from the last year and new faces. We believe the children are not the future but the present, they currently are complete persons with their own opinions, dreams and fears, and we must to take them into account and let them participate in the family and social decisions.

Be sure that we will keep you updated through all the year.

 

Best regards.

Luis Flores

 

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Feb 24, 2017

Beginning 2017 with the right foot

Dear  donors,

This year is going to be one of big emotions at Melel Xojobal.

The reason?

We are celebrating our XX Anniversary, twenty years giving our best in order to encourage childhood to know better themselves, keep studying, claim their rights and change their project of life.

For that, we are organizing different events that we’ll be sharing with you.

First of all, we are almost starting our every year campaign “Right to Identity”. Last campaign was a total success: we achieved 110 birth certificates, and this year we hope to improve that number.

Right now, we are promoting the campaign and disseminating information about it all over San Cristobal de las Casas. We have flyers in Spanish and Tzotzil (the main indigenous language spoken in the region) that we have been spreading in every corner of our city, focusing in locations that we already identified as places where a lot of persons don´t have their birth certificates.

Besides, we are broadcasting radio announcements in Spanish and Tzotzil on different radio stations that reach a big audience of the population we work with. Most of them are indigenous, local and social radio stations that now are our friends and every year help us in this task of promotion, such as Radio Libertad, Radio Votán Zapata, Radio Ciudadana and Radio Centinela.

Also, our activities in order to help the childhood to keep studying, claim their rights and change their project of life, have already started. These activities are basically educative sessions that we called Learning Circles, aimed to indigenous working children in their own workplaces.

The Learning Circles are one of the main pillars of Melel Xojobal and have the objectives:

  1. Improve children skills and knowledge in order to help them in the school, basically reading and writing skills, and mathematics knowledge.
  2. To enable the childhood the exercise of their rights. We intend that children see themselves as a subject of law and know their rights.
  3. To propitiate bonds between children, so they could together recognize their situations, challenges, risks and opportunities.

It is worth mentioning, these children are not being exploited, they work with their families in order to contribute the household expenditure. Which is good and bad: good because the majority doesn’t belong to criminal networks that use them for profit interest, and bad because the parents want their children to continue the business family and they do not consider useful the formal education.

For this reason, we also have a workshop with the parents in order to show them the importance of the right of education and let their children improve their life project.

Finally, we are organizing the main event of our XX Anniversary that is going to happen by the end of the present year: a forum named “Childhood and Social Justice”. We pretend to create a place of encounter between local, national and international experts in themes of childhood, authorities, and working children from Mexico and abroad. We want to become a megaphone for the voice of childhood, we believe in the importance of children’s participation in the exchange of ideas and decision-making processes.

 We will keep you updated through all the year.

 

Best regards

Luis Flores

 

 

 

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Nov 28, 2016

2016 update

Workshops with families
Workshops with families

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Another year is soon coming to an end and this is the summary of the activities and results we had accomplished in 2016:

Early childhood stimulation

At the early stimulation center “Arrumacos”, we contributed to the cognitive, social, physical and psychological development of 24 children aged 0 to 4. Through assessment we can detect key areas for the correct development of children’s abilities.

This year, the center has been improved, and the methodology has been adjusted in order to promote greater autonomy and children participation.

Nutrition

We helped 24 girls and boys aged 0 to 4 improve their nutritional condition, giving them proper nutrition and having a monthly monitoring of weight and height.

As a result of our nutritional diagnosis, one boy and three girls were referred to a health center for medical assessment, treatment and monitoring.

Parenting workshops

This year we had 9 workshops with the parents to teach them about nutrition, health, parenthood skills, violence prevention and childhood rights.

Right to Protection from all forms of abuse

Children are highly prone to experience situations of violence and abuse at the family, school and work levels and even amongst themselves. Physical punishment and verbal violence are common in family discipline where it is considered to be the only way children learn. The risk of suffering violence is higher for girls.

 Melel Xojobal seeks to increase the capacity of children to defend and denounce any act of violence against them. We also have workshops for parents on this specific issue, raising awareness about the consequences of punishment and violence can have on their children, promoting parenting guidelines based on communication and mutual respect.

 

We want to thank GlobalGiving and all the generous people who contribute to promote the rights of children in Chiapas.

 

Early stimulation activities
Early stimulation activities
Nap time
Nap time
Party time
Party time
Mommy time
Mommy time
 
   

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