Apr 27, 2021

The 2021 Strategic Plan- Education, Peace, and Gardens

Dear friend and supporter,

Thank you for reading our first progress update during 2021. We are happy to say we have started the year strong, following the strategic plan and calendar created by the families we work with and regional staff during October 2021 and approved by the Operations Manager, General Director and Board of Directors of the organization.

Three of our main goals for this region during 2021 are:

1. Children and adolescents from Tultitlán, State of Mexico receive quality academic services, according to the local context
2. Mothers and fathers learn and apply tools to promote healthy coexistence at home
3. Families from Tultitlán, State of Mexico learn the value of producing food locally and produce and consume various vegetables harvested in their backyard.

More specifically, our goals are:

  • 40 children and adolescents improve their academic preparation, and advance one grade in their studies
  • 20 mothers and fathers apply knowledge acquired in 6 sessions of a workshop on parenting
  • 20 family representatives receive assistance via telephone or online, to work with the socio-emotional and psycho-pedagogical needs of their family.
  • 18 workshops on urban gardens facilitated in 2021 with the participation of 50 people
  • 6 families build a new garden at home and 8 families maintain their gardens built in previous years.

Finally, right now we are transitioning from virtual attention to a hybrid model in which we accept groups of maximum 5 children in the community center at a time for education, respecting all health and hygiene recommendations. Workshops for parents and psychological accompaniment are still being held primarily virtually, but slowly will transition to in-person appointments when necessary and appropriate.

We are looking forward to sharing our advances with you this year! We can´t wait to see all these goals and more achieved. 

Mar 3, 2021

#InternationalWomensDay is a chance for increased solidarity

Dear Friend, 

International Women's Day, celebrated around the world on March 8th, is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. It is a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe, and is also typically a day for individuals to band together in the continued fight for gender equality.

This year, Amextra is dedicating our International Women´s Day efforts to the fight against gender violence, specifically forced marriage, rape, and human trafficking against tzeltal indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico, through this very project, Our Voices are Stopping Violence.  

Thanks to your support over the past two years we have been able to complete the first two of five stages of Community Narrative Practice (stage 1: conducting community interviews and stage 2: writing narratives) and are now ready to start stage three, four and five: illustrating and printing the stories, training discussion leaders, and using the illustrated books in small discussion groups.  As a judge of a grant we received from Avon recently wrote, 

“This is a very innovative methodology for Mexico and very suitable for indigenous communities, where gender violence is exercised, but it is not talked about."

As of February 2021 we are very excited to be in the process of hiring illustrators to make these storybooks a reality.

Also, from March 8th to 12th this project will be participating in International Women´s Week here on GlobalGiving. Donations up to $50 will be matched at 50% all week long from Monday to Friday. We are so appreciative for your support so far, and humbly ask you to consider making an additional donation from March 8th to 12th to make sure no other women and girls in Mexico need to suffer at the hands of preventable gender violence. 

 

With strength and hope, 

 

Stephanie and the entire Amextra team

Feb 11, 2021

Looking back at December to February: Wisdom+Hope

Hello! I hope your 2021 is starting off in the best way, with health and peace for you and those you love. Amextra´s health and nutrition program in Los Altos (Highlands) of Chiapas ended with a time of reflection between the regional team and the families we serve, and this year is starting off strong with workshops, planning, and exchange of information. Here are just three acheivements we want to highlight from the period of December 2020 and January and February 2021.

  • 114 people participated in the “2020 Summary and 2021 Planning” workshop in the communities of Aldama and Chalchihuitán. In this yearly workshop the families we work with share what they liked best about their work with Amextra and as a community during the year, share what they think could have gone better, and make plans for a collaborative and successful next year.  
  • 4 women participated in the planting of tomatoes, cilantro and radishes, of the Xulumó community greenhouse in Aldama. This greenhouse serves as a demonstrative project to other communities, where they can see how working in a greenhouse benefits the community of Aldama and decide if they would like to work on one in their own community.
  • 16 women participated in the 1st practical workshop on hygiene and cleaning of ecological latrines, to avoid infectious diseases in the community of Namtic in the municipality Chalchihuitán.  These ecological latrines are generally well-accepted by the communities, as they provide a hygenic alternative to defication in open spaces, thus preventing contamination of water and soil and providing families with more comfort. These 16 women that have been trained had this space to ask questions and learn best practices for making the most of the ecological latrines.  

Thank you for being a part of this project and the Amextra community. It will be a joy and honor to share the advances in this project with you every trimester throughout the year, 

 

All the best,

 

Stephanie

 
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