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.
Jun 9, 2014

June Update: Advances in Coahuila

A girl participating in the program
A girl participating in the program

Hi!

 

I’m glad to tell you that our program “Help marginalized children to study” is going well. As we told you in our last report, our school-based program in Chiapas came to an end and we are now working in the state of Coahuila in northern Mexico. Let me first tell you a bit about Coahuila and then share our results so far.

27.9% of the population of Coahuila lives in poverty and 31% of the population over 15 years old hasn´t finished the basic education. This is why it is important to work for education in the state. Due to organized crime and drug trafficking, the state has lots of security problems. The education will also protect children of many of the social problems that they may encounter, like violence, substance abuse and participation in gangs.

In Torreon, Coahuila, we are working with 1,571 persons (28 teachers, 891 students and 650 parents). We have already implemented a 40-hour workshop for the teachers of 17 primary schools in Torreon.

The evaluation of the teachers shows that after participating in our workshop, the teachers have increased their knowledge about how to improve the academic achievement of the children (e.g. teaching strategies and techniques, gender issues, promoting student participation). They have also increased significantly their life skills, especially self-knowledge, identification and management of emotions, empathy, creativity, decision-making and planning and organization. They now feel more empowered and more capable of promoting the academic achievement and talents in their students than before the workshops.

The skills and didactic techniques that the teachers have developed thanks to our program, will help them improve their teaching skills and to promote the life skills in their students. The teachers have been replicating the workshops contents with their students with the help of our facilitators who visit them to give them feedback and to monitor the quality of the replication. We are evaluating the impact of the program also on children and will soon tell you the results. In June, we are also giving conferences to parents, so that they learn how to best support their children’s education.

Thank you for continuing to help us! With your support, the marginalized children in Coahuila can have a better future. 

Children with their "I want to, I can" guidebooks
Children with their "I want to, I can" guidebooks
"You can learn everything if you try"
"You can learn everything if you try"
May 29, 2014

A testimony of a program participant

Edith
Edith

Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has continued the work with the floods victims of Guerrero and Oaxaca. In addition o addressing the problems caused by tghe floods, we are starting to continue our earlier activities witht the community. 

This time, we want to share a testimony of one the flood victims, Edith:

“My name is Edith and I’m forty years old. I’m from the community of Comaltepec in Guerrero. Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has come here to give us workshops, first the “I want to, I can” workshops. We have learned that if we want something, if we put our mind on something, we can be successful. We have learned (in their workshops) that we can achieve whatever we want.  Principally it has been for the personal improvement, and from there… First we have to personally improve (our lives), and after that we can help and support our relatives, our children, we can guide them to take the best way. They (IMIFAP) have also given us (workshops) about community banks, where we can save and (with the savings) create our own income sources and sources of employment. There we will get to know each other better, as compañeras and can lend each other money from our own bank, first to one, then to the other and so on… At the moment we don’t have a community bank. We were working on that, to create our own community bank, when the floods came. That has held us off, because we have had to dedicate ourselves to the most important things, to our lives, how to survive, to deal with this thing that happened to us.

The things (the floods) got really ugly here. Especially for the people who live outside of the community, near the riverbanks. It got ugly because the river broke down and there were three currents. In this side, that is my area, there were people who got trapped in the fields, on the trees, they couldn’t get of the trees. They had to stay there for one night and one day, and it was only one day after they could be rescued, because the current was very strong. You could not pass there. They tried, but the current damaged things and it was impossible to pass until the other day. And many people lost their houses, the water damaged their houses, made holes in them and  damaged them from below… the majority of the people lost it all… clothes, dishes, personal things, furniture… they didn’t have much things and they lost them all. The water took it all. It was very hard.

We want to thank you, I want to thank you in the name of my compañeros, my community… That you have helped us, from the first day… that you have come and helped us, to see how we were… you have brought us food, clothes, basic things… with the other associations. You have come to help us and we want to give you the thanks. Thank you for your support, both moral and with the basic needs.”

Feb 12, 2014

February Update: Goodbye Chiapas, Hello Coahuila!

Students with their "I want to, I can" materials
Students with their "I want to, I can" materials

Our program “We want to stay at school!” has come to an end in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, and will continue in the state of Coahuila. We have achieved great success in Las Margaritas, and surpassed our original goals. We have contributed to the personal development of in total 704 persons: 33 teachers and educational authorities, 90 parents and caretakers and y 581 middle school students. The project was funded by MetLife, but without the additional support of our GlobalGiving donors, we wouldn’t have been able to reach as many children. For that, we offer you our deepest thanks!

The program had very positive results: the students have developed their life skills, increased their motivation to study and their capacity of solving problems and have now more positive attitudes a towards mathematics. We also found that the students have learned to get along better with their family members, teachers and other students. Their qualifications in mathematics have also improved thanks to the program. As two students put it:

Before I didn’t like so much to go to the school, but after (the program) I started to like it a lot more, now I have good grades and all… Now I feel like it’s me who wants the grades and not my parents.” (Girl, 2nd grade middle school student)

Before I didn’t communicate with my parents and my siblings but since we had the sessions on family coexistence, now we live more like a family, we talk… My dad took the workshop and since that we also started to communicate better.”  (Boy, 3rd grade middle school student)

The teachers that participated in the program have increased their life skills (especially self-knowledge, personal agency, empathy and communication with their students). Teachers have been very content with the program, as this testimony shows:  “I’m happy because the program has helped me personally, here at the school and as a person, with my family and my social surroundings…  and also outside of school, it has helped me a lot.” (Teacher, 34-year-old woman)

The parents that have participated in the program have increased considerably the interest in the academic achievement of their children and participate now more in the activities of the school: “He (the son) has changed, he has put more attention to his studies and he has become more responsible already, and I as her mother have been there with him doing the homework and I know it has been difficult for him as he is restless, but he has committed a bit more… I tell him look, everything can be done if “I want to, I can”, no one is dumb, we are all intelligent.

We want to thank everyone who has donated through GlobalGiving and made the program possible. Even though the program in Chiapas has ended, we continue our work so that marginalized Mexican children get better education. Currently, we are working in the state of Coahuila, in the North of Mexico, and we need some additional support from our donors at GlobalGiving. We will train 26 primary school teachers that will replicate the program with their 780 students.

Please help us to continue to provide support to children in Coahuila! Our work there will help children to continue their studies, improve their school achievement and learn about themes related to health and nutrition, prevention of obesity and diabetes and prevention of violence. 

Students that participate in the program
Students that participate in the program
Teachers taking a workshop
Teachers taking a workshop
Training for teachers
Training for teachers
One of the participating schools in Chiapas
One of the participating schools in Chiapas
 
   

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