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.
Dec 11, 2014

December Update:"The program helps them emotionally to give better results"

Workshop activities for teachers
Workshop activities for teachers

Hi!

December is a time of giving and loving. We appreciate all the support you have given and will give to our program “Help marginalized children to study” in Coahuila and I’m glad to tell you that the programs is giving good results!

We have already told you about the positive results of the program with the teachers. The evaluation of the children shows that our program is not only showing positive effects in the teachers, but also in the children. They have increased their knowledge on gender equality, the importance of school achievement and civic values.  They have also improved their attitudes towards gender equality, which is important in Mexico, where traditional gender stereotypes still tend to limits girls’ and women’s development, especially in marginalized communities. After participating in the program activities, they now show positive attitudes towards finding and developing their talents. As the students have commented:  

“In life, we sometimes fall, stumble and bump into obstacles; the important thing is to know ourselves so that we can move forward and succeed.” (A 9-year-old girl)

“Today I learned what I´m good at and what I need to practice to improve things that are difficult for me”. (A 10-year-old boy).

These good results motivate us and the teachers to continue with the program. During this semester, the teachers have participated in new workshops to increase their knowledge on healthy nutrition and to continue to develop their life skills and improve their teaching skills. They have also started to replicate these new skills and knowledge to their students. At the moment, we are evaluating the effects of these new workshops in children and teachers, so that we can give you more results soon. The teachers have been happy with the training, as their testimonies show:

After the workshop, I have more confidence in my abilities and I feel more confident about working with my own areas of opportunity. I want to be an agent of change.”

“The participation of the children has left me surprised, I didn’t think that they would have that capacity to grasp the theme, in addition, the programs helps them emotionally to give better results. (…) I´m also using the guidebook with my own daughters.”

“I’m surprised with the way the group is answering (to the program), they like the program very much and answer to it in a way I didn´t expect.”

I’m sure you can see their happiness also in the pictures we’re sharing with you!

During these Holidays, you can give a lasting gift to the children in Coahuila. Your contribution will help them to continue their studies, learn skills that will serve them for their whole life and help them to break the circle of poverty.

Thank you so much!

Teachers in a workshop
Teachers in a workshop
After the teacher workshop
After the teacher workshop
Sep 11, 2014

September Update: "I have seen several changes in my students"

A teacher with her group
A teacher with her group

Hi,

I hope you are doing as fine as the children and teachers who participate in our program "Help marginalized Mexican children to study" in Coahuila! This program helps the marginalized students and their teachers to develop their life skills, such as decision-making, creativity, self-knowledge and assertive communication and reduce their psychosocial barriers such as guilt, shame and fear. Studies show that these skills are important protective factors against many social problems, such as violence, drug addictions and eating disorders.

Originally, our goal was to work with 26 teachers, 750 children and 650 parents. However, ou program has been received so enthusiastically, that we are working now with 891 children. In total, the program benefits 1571 persons (28 teachers, 891 students and 650 parents) in 17 primary schools in Torreon, state of Coahuila. The results have been postive and more schools in the area are interested in participating in the program. 

In the last report we shared with you the positive results of the evaluation with the teachers. The program evaluation has also shown positive effects in the students. After participating in the program, they have increased their life skills and have now better group work skills and manage better their emotions. They are also more motivated to study than before. 

A 28-year-old teacher in the "Dr. Habib Estefano" School told us his experience with his students after the first year of the program:  

"I have seen several changes in my students with this program... in their skills. There were children that were afraid to participate in the class... that were very self-conscious and reserved. They have now shown a different kind of attitude. I have managed to generate that motivation or confidence to particiopate... It has had many results. It is a process and there will be many difficulties, but this year I see that my group is very active and motivated... They have also learned to be thankful, even when they simply borrow a pen, for example. (...) (After the program) the children have also learned to think things before acting, to think what consequences there might be... Part of them already did that before. They have reacted in different ways, but yes, there was a change, thinking before acting, and expressing their feelings in different ways... One example is that they started to avoid aggressions. Before starting inmediately a fight they stopped... And we analized situations, they were reminded that ´everything has a cause´. That would be one example: aggressive children have started to control themselves more, to restrain (their anger)."   

This school year, we are continuing the work with the same children and teachers. The students will be now studying in the fifth grade in primary school. This year, the participants will continue to develop their life skills and we will work with them on new themes, too. This year, the program will be addressing healthy nutrition. In the Northern frontier of Mexico, bad food habits, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are a serious public health problem. Starting to work with the children in early age can make a lasting change. We also invite parents to participate in interactive conferences, so that the whole family can benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.  

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!

Program activities
Program activities
Everyone has their books!
Everyone has their books!
Sep 5, 2014

Can you prepare yourself for natural disasters?

First page of material for children
First page of material for children

Hi!

You can't prevent natural disasters. But can you be prepared for them? Sure you can. You might not be able to avoid all the damages, but if people are more prepared and know what to do in a case of natural disaster, its consequences can be at least less disastrous.

In Mexico, the hurricane season takes place between June and November every year. During these months, the coastal regions, including the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero are most vulnerable to suffer from natural disasters. In addition to storms and hurricanes, the coast of Guerrero and Oaxaca is also vulnerable to earthquakes. This is why it is important to not only attend the consequences of disasters, but also train the communities to be more prepared to the catastrophes. 

As Yolanda from Cuajiniquilapa commented to us: “We think it is important that people learn to prevent things when there is a catastrophe… What they can do to prevent diseases, for example. People have already lost so much, learning to manage all these emotions would also be important.”

To answer to these needs, Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has developed educational materials on what to do in case of natural disasters. The materials are brief and easy to read, with simple and concrete instructions in themes like: first aid; personal hygiene and hygiene in the house; taking care of the babies in a case of a disaster; how to store prepare food and water in order to avoid diseases; team work and management of emotions. There are materials for both adults and children, as it is important that children learn the basic instructions too. This way, they can participate in the activities to help their families and communities, be less vulnerable in case of losing family members and learn to be responsible citizens when they grow up.

The educational materials are important, but in our opinion, they can be more effective if they are used as part of a training process. The communities we work with, have expressed their interest in participating in workshops on these themes. This is why Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has also developed a 10-hour course for the communities. We will start implementing with three courses, two in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca during September. I’ll keep you posted!

Thank you for continuing to help the marginalized communities of Guerrero and Oaxaca! 

First page of material for adults
First page of material for adults
 
   

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