Instituto Mexicano de Investigacion de Familia y Poblacion - IMIFAP

To create and implement programs which contribute to sustainable human development in order to allow individuals to take control of their own health, productivity, and lives.
Sep 8, 2015

An integral and sustainable approach to education

Children doing a teamwork activity
Children doing a teamwork activity

Educating children is important; educating the educators is vital. Parents and teachers are the main source of education, training and tutoring and they are the closest role models the kids get in their early life. Following the Yo Quiero Yo Puedo (I want to, I can - IMIFAP) philosophy (one can’t give what one doesn’t have), if the parents and teachers are empowered, they will then be able to empower the children. Successfully, through the 2014-2015 school year, 1,304 people have participated directly in this program impacting another 3,912 indirectly.

Children/Students:

995 children have participated in our program. Imagine just one kid, and thanks to your help, that kid named Pedro, Juan or Alejandra is now less likely to drop out from school and has less chance to be a victim of (or enrolled by) the organized crime from the northern region of Mexico. You are making these possible:

-       Children who participated in the program improved 12% their attitudes toward gender equity.

-       They have a more favorable perception of their teachers as promoters of reading (from 19% to 22%); they told us that teachers now encourage them more to visit the library.

-       Children who participated in the program have better organizational skills that the ones who didn’t participate (32% vs 31%), as well as better critical thinking (33% vs 31%) and creative thinking (27% vs 25%).

Teachers:

The most significant progress with teachers was their ability to promote the program target behaviors in their students, from an average score of 86% to 91%. Specifically, teachers now feel they are better able to improve school climate, promote reading and written communication in their students, and develop their talents.

In the accompaniment visits the staff of Yo Quiero Yo Puedo (IMIFAP) made to the teachers, we evaluated their technical skills for communicating (verbally and non-verbally) as optimum: they now make eye contact, listen carefully to what the kids have to say and clear their doubts. They also improved their didactic abilities and the use of material, enhancing their group management; kids participate more because they trust the school environment. A couple of testimonies illustrate these achievements:

 "This program has been very helpful: I have learned about myself, ¡even at my age! I also learned to communicate better with the mothers of my students because I was almost always fighting with them, and now I’m not. I have also learned what my students need to know and how to teach it to them". Male teacher, 53 years.

"The program has helped me get acquainted with my group, so now I know what issues some students may have regarding the learning process. I realize that I have a lot left to learn and I want to keep working". Male teacher, 52 years.

Parents:

At Yo Quiero Yo Puedo (IMIFAP), we facilitated 18 five hour workshops to more than 272 parents with excellent results! We received a rating of 9.4 (out of ten) in satisfaction which includes: usefulness, knowledge, learning technics, and fulfillment of their expectations. They mentioned that they learned important life skills like how to develop healthy abilities in their children regarding nutrition and eating habits, better communication, and self-awareness. Two testimonies were specially touching for us:  

 "Everything I saw in this workshop I felt deep within me. It hurts me to know how I'm hurting the ones I love when I'm angry. Now I have to change my ways". Parent, 35 years old.

"I will apply what I learned by playing with my children, to help them become more open in their opinions, to be more assertive." Parent, Ricardo Flores Magon Elementary School.

Sustainability:

Since we are involving the education authorities of the state of Coahuila in implementing the program, we look forward to having an effect on public policy. The innovative key of our program is that both programs and the results are sustainable. By forming people from the community (teachers, parents, students) as promoters, the virtuous cycle of transmission of content, training and empowerment is perpetuated, strengthening the social fiber and community networks.

See you next time with more awesome results!

Parent playing and learning in the workshop
Parent playing and learning in the workshop
Teacher replicating what he learned
Teacher replicating what he learned
Students using the IMIFAP workbooks
Students using the IMIFAP workbooks
Students using the IMIFAP workbooks
Students using the IMIFAP workbooks
Jun 11, 2015

Why your support for children is crucial!

Teachers learning to replicate with students
Teachers learning to replicate with students

Why your support for children who want to continue their education is crucial!

Hi! We are bringing you exciting news!

Today, we will present some of the big advances that we have made in Mexico’s region of Torreon, Coahuila. First, it is crucial to understand the current social state of Mexico, particularly the northern regions of the country. There have been several problems regarding violence, gangs, drug cartels and “sicarios” (hired assassins), affecting the overall security of Mexico. Some of the region´s children have become orphans due to violence. Although not all children fall victim to this unfortunate situation, most of them have directly or indirectly been dragged into the violence of the region. For example, becoming a hitman or “sicario” is a cultural aspiration for much of the youth. This title holds the characteristics of being powerful and invincible, being the protector of their own family, and being respected and admired by others in the community. This stereotype has drastically impaired the social functioning of communities. At Yo Quiero Yo Puedo (I want, I can... IMIFAP), we feel that the lack of education in many northern regions of Mexico is greatly responsible for this interminable circle of constant violence.

Not everything is lost! You are helping these children, against all odds, to have real opportunities; and we are seeing results! With a strong enforcement on education and better livelihood, our program is finally helping the community of Torreon, Coahuila.

Last year, we reached our goal of engaging 891 students into our program.  Today we are reaching 995 students, 31 teachers, and 650 parents directly. At the end of the year we will reach a total of 1676 direct beneficiaries and 5028 indirect beneficiaries. (Remember that this is only in Torreón, Coahuila).

This is all thanks to your support!

We are working with other donors (foundations, enterprises, etc…) to achieve our goals. So why is your individual funding so important? As for everything in life, resources are restricted. Your funding has helped us to expand those boundaries and reach more people to participate in our program. Every extra child, teacher and parent is because of your support! And every extra child, teacher and parent is worth the effort. We need you! There are still more children that we can reach.  We (together you and our foundation) will support them to continue their studies and improve their quality of life. 

To conclude we proudly present to you two inspiring testimonies showing our progress:

“[Some students] are acknowledging their mistakes… they say, ‘yes, I did that’… they try to recognize and rectify their mistakes. [The program] is something that has worked a lot for me, in my personal and professional life.” -A teacher replicating the program with their students.

“It is so exciting, the [positive school] environment that the program has generated, because I have learned to create a good and fun climate in the classroom. It was very motivating to me, because I went motivated to the school and [the students] felt how I was feeling… I based [my class] in motivational way with fun things; fun, but with learning. Through new group dynamics and games, we created an experienced-based climate. I am very motivated to work with them (the students).” -Another teacher replicating the program with their students.

Thank you for your continuous support and making a difference for the lives of so many underprivileged Mexican children, teachers, and parents! You can further help by sharing these stories with your networks!  

Until the next time (to present more successful reports)!

PS. We share with you some pictures of our work with teachers during workshops (soon more children photos).

Teachers learning about themselves
Teachers learning about themselves
Teachers Learning During Workshops
Teachers Learning During Workshops
Teachers lerning new ways to educate children
Teachers lerning new ways to educate children
Teachers learning again to play as kids
Teachers learning again to play as kids
Teachers learning life skills
Teachers learning life skills
Apr 8, 2015

Thank you for your support! Final Report

A girl and a mother receiving your help!
A girl and a mother receiving your help!

“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:

Thank you!

“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

Best Regards

Dane Salinas

A kid receiving your help from us!
A kid receiving your help from us!
Various kids being supported by you!
Various kids being supported by you!
Women receiving your help!
Women receiving your help!
Thanks to you, together we helped them!
Thanks to you, together we helped them!
Organized community women sharing our help!
Organized community women sharing our help!
Thank You Donors
Thank You Donors

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