“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” This 19th Century British proverbial saying is an example for the reason we are closing this project and moving the donations to long term and sustainable solutions; we’ll do this so we can continue supporting the people from the affected areas with more specific and effective solutions. We won’t leave them alone! When a disaster arrives as it happened here, people lose their livelihood, all the material stuff they used to have (food, clothes, money, kitchens, beds, chairs, and their entire houses), and even their lives. They can’t “learn to fish” if there’s no food to make them strong, and no roof to give them shelter; so in behalf of the people you supported we would like to say:
“We were trying to form our ‘community bank’, but soon after came the flood and we got delayed because we did first what was the priority: our lives, our livelihood, and to overcome what happened.” A flood victim who is participating in our programs.
With the money you gave us we helped directly three communities in Guerrero: Banco de Oro with 40 families; El Arenal with 30 families; and Comaltepec with 40 families as beneficiaries. In Oaxaca, we went to the municipality of Santo Domingo Teojomulco, where your donation benefited approximately 20 families. Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) additionally developed educational materials on what to do in case of natural disasters for the community members. The materials are brief and easy to read, with simple and concrete instructions in themes like: first aid; personal and household hygiene; taking care of the babies in a case of a disaster; how to store and prepare food; how to store water in order to avoid diseases; team work, and management of their emotions. There are materials for both adults and children, as it is important that kids learn the basic instructions too. Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has also developed a 10-hour risk prevention course for the communities.
With your donations we helped the communities to face their imminent emergency, so at least they had food and shelter to survive, but… now what? What’s next? After more than a year and a half from the floods they still need our support; they still need to “learn how to fish” for themselves instead of just “receiving fish”. Most emergency help programs around the world leave the communities after a while. We won’t leave them alone! We’ll continue our support with what we do best: empowering them by facilitating the human, social, and economic development of the people from the region. We support them so they can stand by themselves and become the agents of change from their own communities and have long terms results.
“The experience I have had (with Yo quiero Yo puedo) with the group we have is that it has taught us to save money and learn about different jobs we can do by ourselves truthfully… in reality.” A man from the community participating in our programs.
We would like to thank you again because without your support and trust we would not have been able to aid the people in need. This is just the beginning! Soon you will hear from us as we will bring new projects and programs to GlobalGiving! You can continue helping us too with our other program we have active in GlobalGiving about children and education. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-mexican-children-to-study/ Help Mexican Children to Study
We hope you had a great start to 2015. We began this year in Coahuila with lots of excitement and a variety of activities.
During January we adapted and handed over new didactic material to teachers and students; we also held a workshop with key education authorities in Coahuila state (the Director of Educational Innovation and Quality of the state, primary principals, area supervisors and pedagogical technical advisors) to sensitize them about the "Yo quiero, Yo puedo" program (Education and Gender Program in Primary Schools in Torreon).
Additionally, we held an extra 10 hour workshop for some teachers that could not attend to all the workshop sessions for them to be fully prepared for replicating the program with their students.
We are very excited because of the activities we have planned for the next months!
In March we will make 54 accompaniment visits to the teachers: we will guide them and give them feedback for an optimal application of the program with their students. We will also organize 17 workshops for parents so they can know more about our program and how they can implement it at home.
After March we plan to make a second accompaniment visit to the teachers and 2 educational fairs for students, parents and community members to have access to the information we develop in the program. Community integration is a key factor and teachers have noticed positive changes in this área. For example:
"This program has proven very useful for me: I have learnt to communicate better with the parents of my students; before, I was always arguing with them and now we don’t. I also achieved a better understanding of the teaching needs of my students." a teacher
We also want to give a book supply to all participant school libraries to promote interest in reading!
This, of course, could not be possible without the support of the Caterpillar Foundation and each one of your donations. We invite you to continue supporting all these children; please share our results: with your help, this program can have major impact and change the lives of marginalized Mexican children in Coahuila.
Thank you for continuing to support this great effort!
I wish you a very happy and prospective New Year!
In our last report, we told you we had planned to implement 10-hour workshops for the communities in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, so that they could be better prepared for the natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes that are common in the costal area of Mexico. However, due to the internal community dinamics and the times of the three chosen communites, we haven't been able to implement the training yet. The new plan is start in January or by latest in February.
Even though this might seem like a setback, this delay actually has proved to be fruitful. During the last months, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with civil protection authorities in the state of Hidalgo. While these authorities are experts on prevention and preparation for disasters caused by both the nature and the humans, they have asked us to work with them in the theme of life skills, such as decision-making, planning, management of stress and management of emotions. It is important that both the authorities and the civilian population can develop these skills that are very helpful in a case of natural or man made disasters.
This collaboration with the authorities in Hidalgo has given us new perspectives and ideas that we want to apply also in Guerrero and Oaxaca. For example, how the communitie can more easily identify risk zones and how they can deal with the risks more efficiently. One interesting idea that emerged in Hidalgo is also the training of community teams for civil protection. These teams could have a permanent character and could help the civil protection authorities in a case of a risky situation or a disaster. Training these teams in intercommunitary communication in order to implement more effective actions would also be important in the communities in Guerrero and Hidalgo. After training community members in general, we can start the second phase of the project to trian these community teams.
We are very excited to incorporate all these new learnings to this project!
Thank you for your support!