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.
I would like share with you some of the results of our program “Help Children Left Behind in Mexico”. At the moment, 2,517 persons (657 adults and 1860 babies and children) have participated in our “I want to, I can” Child Development Centers in Hidalgo state. We have organized workshops for teachers, community promoters and parents and caretakers and the children have participated in different activities in the Child Development Centers and at school, depending on their age.
In December and January, we have been carrying out evaluations of our program. I´m glad to tell you that the evaluation of the babies and their parents have shown great results. We have been interviewing the parents and caretakers to get more information on the development of their babies, and in addition, we have realized different tests and observed the babies to corroborate the results. We have also compared the results with control group of children of the same age that do not participate in the program.
The evaluation shows that the babies that participate in the “I Want to, I can” Child Development Centers show higher levels of emotional, social and cognitive development and have better sleeping and nutrition habits than the babies that do not participate in the program. This means that the participant babies manage better their emotions, are less impulsive, irritable and aggressive and handle frustration better than the control group. They also communicate their needs better, cooperate more with other people, are more empathetic, smile more, play with their pairs and think more before acting.
In addition, all the babies that participate in the program show higher level of development than normal. At the same time, 72% of the babies in the control group show a deficient development level, which mean they are below the development level expected at their age.
All this shows that the program is really working. The early childhood development has an important impact in the later life. Giving these marginalized children a chance to get adequate stimulation, nutrition and care, together we can have a great positive impact on their future.
Thank you so much for your continuing interest and support for the children left behind in Hidalgo! Without people like you, we could not continue this important work!
After the tropical storm Manuel and the Hurricane Ingrid in September 2013, thousands of Mexicans suffered from the floods, landslides and damages to the infrastructure. Guerrero and Oaxaca were severely affected by these natural disasters. Highways and roads were affected by the floods and many communities were isolated.
Even though Acapulco and Chilpancingo, the most important cities of the Guerrero state have received resources for the reconstruction, in many other parts of Guerrero the situation is much more difficult. In the Mountain Region and part of the Coastal Region, several months after the storm the reconstruction process is only slowly beginning. In addition, Guerrero is the only state that will receive federal funds for the reconstruction process. For example, parts of the Oaxaca state also suffered heavy damages to the infrastructure, but no federal funds for 2014 have been budgeted for the reconstruction process.
Through our program “Help Mexico’s flood victims”, Yo quiero Yo puedo (IMIFAP) has reached to the marginalized communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca to help them with the basic needs. In September and October, we gathered basic food supplies, medicines and clothes and also received material donations from individuals who know our work. These food supplies were distributed to the communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca through Territorio Jaguar and Siete Colores, two local organizations. This strategy was chosen so that the food aid could be delivered as fast as possible in the difficult conditions were the access to many communities was very complicated.
In October 25th and 26th, we visited communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca to distribute cloths, shoes and some toys too, as the children lost also their toys. In Guerrero, we visited three communities: Banco de Oro, where the donation benefitted approximately 40 families, El Arenal, where 30 families received help and Comaltepec, with 40 families as beneficiaries. In Oaxaca, we went to the municipality of Santo Domingo Teojomulco, where the donation benefits approximately 20 families.
In 2014, our objective in this project is to concentrate more on the reconstruction of the houses and agricultural lands.
In this process, the support of the GlobalGiving donors has been and is fundamental. Thank you for helping the flood victims of these marginalized communities!