Apr 20, 2018

Growing up like fruitful seeds

Children of 5th generation in their first day.
Children of 5th generation in their first day.

Spring is here, and with it we can see how everything is changing around us: the weather, the trees and even people's mood. And just like spring makes our surrounds bloom to make them more vivid, our day center has done it with the new generation of children.

Officially on February 27, 2018 the 5th generation of children started to attend the day center, where they will develop social, emotional, communicative and cognitive skills for the next 5 years. In these first months before starting with human development program, we've been working on the process of adaptation, talking about the importance of routines in the daily life and rules as an effective tool to keep everything under control and safe, while maintaining a playful and relaxed environment.

Although we spent 6 months in the stage of confidence with them and their families in their community, it still important we help them to adapt to a new rhythm in order to help them stick and feel comfortable with the program, just like we do when nurturing new seeds on the field, is a little by little growing process. With the current kids and this new generation we now assist 240 in total.

Taking about seeds and spring, the generation 3rd and 4th were actively participating in a garden workshop from mid-February till March, to recover the green spaces inside the day center. The workshop was taught by 5 young volunteers the same age as them, under the belief of learning between equals to make it significant. In this teaching space, they got to know more about the main characteristics in plants like mint, lavender and rosemary and how to take care of them, making an activity to plant them plus some new seeds of chili and cilantro. It will be a spring full of color and perfume.

But not only plants and children bloom, also the entire organization as we work under the philosophy of constant improvement and training for our collaborators. While the children were not in Mayama, usually Fridays, the community and day center teachers were on training learning about topics like "Children’s rights", "Children Development Theories" and "Emotional intelligence".

 It has been a very active beginning of the year and we love it! We are proud to count on you to keep achieving our goals to benefit one of the most important stages of the human being: childhood. Let's keep bringing out the best of us to make our surrounds bloom. Let's keep making it awesome!  

Integration games in their first day.
Integration games in their first day.
Garden Workshop
Garden Workshop
Garden workshop
Garden workshop
Jan 29, 2018

Great learnings to boost a great beginning.

5th new generation of children and families.
5th new generation of children and families.

2017 was a year of great changes, challenges and many achievements for Mayama, thanks to which we have grown significantly, forming solid foundations for this new year. And ¡You were part of all of it!

An example of this was the closing event of the Trust phase of the population living the area of Tonalá, which took place on November 25 at Quinta San Pedro place. During the event we had around 300 people, between children and their families, participating in the games organized by the team and supported by the volunteers, aiming to create an atmosphere of joy, trust and approach between all the attendees.

The closing event of the confidence phase was of great importance, since it meant that 67 families from the municipality of Tonala will begin in February 26th, a process of transformation through phsycoeducational family sessions and the attendance of 98 children at the Mayama day center. We call this new stage "Intensive phase", and represent 3.6 years of our intervention.

In addition to this, we also carry out our traditional End of the Year Celebration, where we gather 121 children and their families, part of our programs, with the purpose of having a fun time and announcing the main achievements of 2017 and main plans for 2018. During the celebration, the families ate delicious hot dogs and played games organized by the team and the volunteers, in which all the members of the family were able to participate, in the end the children received a present for each and a bag of candies, a Mexican tradition. This last event announced the holidays of our program to children and their parents.

Likewise, the last two weeks the Mayama team dedicated itself to the planning of 2018 and to continue training their day center and family educators’ team regarding the topic of Emotional literacy, an area highly relevant to the programs we work with.

In this way we have started January with the right foot, accompanied by a vision of improvement and growth, which will be our guide to continue providing the best of us to each child and family.

Undoubtedly, 2017 was a great year full of work and satisfaction that motivates us to continue giving the best of us. We thank each of our donors for trusting us, wishing that this new cycle is full of great opportunities for each one, we still count on you this 2018.

End of the year celebration
End of the year celebration
Mayama Team in the End of the Year Celebration
Mayama Team in the End of the Year Celebration
Nov 15, 2017

Comming back to bring out the of us.

Team members
Team members

After two weeks of holidays for children and collaborators, Mayama, returned to its regular operations in August, always keeping in mind, continuing transforming the lives of children and families by sharing the best of us.

That is why, in this period Mayama, in addition to hiring a new professional personal to work with children and their families, focused on training their collaborators on topics such as development of teaching skills, emotional intelligence and family intervention techniques, in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the intervention we perform in our target population.

The professionalization of employees in the field of the organization is a key element to ensure the fulfillment of their objectives, it also ensures that the personal has the necessary knowledge and skills to execute their work in a correct way. In addition, the constant training allows the development of tools that complement the work to do.

Finally, we are pleased to share with our donors that after a process of evaluations, we began the phase of "I trust" with families and children of Tonalá neighborhood, whose main characteristic is that the economic income is through the collection of pet bottles.

This phase of 6 months, is one of the three that compound our intervention model, which aims to ensure the commitment and permanence of the beneficiaries of the program through psychoeducational sessions in each home, to promote co-responsibility among Mayama A.C. and families.

For us it is important to generate a bond of trust with families to promote responsibility.
On November 25 this phase of trust concludes, which will guarantee a social impact on the lives of children and families in Jalisco, Mexico

It has been three months of continuous improvement in an intensive way, this has been possible thanks to your donation. Thank you for bringing out the best of you to continue transforming the lives of children and their families.

Trainning sessions
Trainning sessions
New family
New family
 
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