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Mar 13, 2020

80,000 strong standing up for womens rights

This past Sunday and Monday were historic days calling for a stop of violence against women in Mexico. On Sunday, March 8th, nearly 80,000 people (primarily women) marched from the Monument of the Revolution to the Zocalo in Mexico City to call attention to the alarming rates of femicides and other acts of gender-based violence in the country. Then, on Monday, March 9th, women staged a national strike, with 7 out of 10 women participating in some way. To participate in the strike, women were invited to miss work, not buy anything, and not use social media as a simulation of disappearance and as a way of remembering and reflecting on all the women who have disappeared or been killed in Mexico. 

These recent events have caused us to see even more clearly the importance of projects like Community Narrative Practice (CNP), which open discussions of gender relations in communities. The goal of opening these conversations is to prevent gender-based violence. With CNP, men and women talk about the current relations in their community not by being pressured to talk about their own lives, but by talking about characters in storybooks who were created based anonomous interviews in their community.  With reflection about the current situation comes an opportunity for change. 

Right not Dr. Kathleen Cash is in the process of reviewing the more than 100 interviews collected in Chiapas and finding the patterns.  Then, the storybooks will be created, local leaders will be trained, and discussion groups can begin. Once we evaluate the program in Chiapas, Amextra plans to implement the program in other regions where we work as well, starting with the Highlands of Guerrero.  

 

Thank you for joining us on this journey. 

 

Stephanie Ahlgrain

Manager of Fundraising and Strategic Alliances 

Amextra

Feb 25, 2020

Spring news from Los Altos, Chiapas

We wouldn´t be able to start 2020 completely without thanking you for your support of this project in 2019. Because of you and others like you, families of the rural communities in Los Altos, Chiapas, Mexico have an alternative to marginalization, and are producing their own foods, cooking with less wood (and therefore less smoke!) and changing their vision to realize they have skills and recources that can make their lives more abundant and make their community a better place.   

In addition to thanking you for your support, we also want to keep you updated about the projects and the families.  Without further ado, here are a few updates from Los Altos, Chiapas from December 2019 to February 2020:  

Challenges and lessons learned in 2019 On December 13th, 17th and 19th in the communities Tzacucum, Namtic, Canech, Santa Cruz, Tabilhucum, and Aldama Centro in Chiapas, Mexico the final workshops of the year were held, in which 105 people participated. This last workshop of the year was aimed at summarizing the advances and achievements of each community group, as well as learning their dreams and challenges for 2020, in order to create a joint plan that will help us promote the holistic transformation of families in 2020.  

Bacteriological Analysis Water is a basic resource, but it can also be a cause of illness, such as diarrhea, which is the main cause of morbidity and mortality globally among children. Because of this, in the communities Tzacucum, Xulumo, Tabilhucum and Santa Cruz, the workshop Bacteriological Analysis (led by the non-profit Agua Pura para el Pueblo) which allows us to test the microbiological characteristics of water (identify bacteria Escherichia Coli) was held for 24 people from the communities. 

Lastly, as you may know, the women and children we work with through this nutrition project not only benefit through health and nutrition programs, but rather as part of Amextra´s holistic program in the region. For this reason, we want to share with you that in January of 2020 in the Aldama Centro communtiy 8 women attended a workshop for sewing on new fabric used for shirts, (called manta in spanish) learning about quality of materials, color combinations, and types of stitches, so that they can innovate in the making of local garments.

Each and every one of these acheivements is thanks to donors like you.  We hope you feel a part of this change and know that you are a valued member of our community!

 

With gratitude, 


Stephanie

Manager of Fundraising and Strategic Alliances

www.amextra.org 

Jan 13, 2020

Learn about our recent visit to Kidzania

Thank you for your interest in learning what we´ve been up to in Tultitlán the last few months! The first two weeks in December were great, as we had two educational visits outside the Amextra Community Center for the children and adolescentes we work with.  

We had two opportunites presented us- first to go to the Cisco Systems office for a robotics course, and then to go to Kidzania, an educational theme park with over 70 attractions based on the jobs and carrers needed by a city.  We decided to invite the older children (10-17 years old) to Cisco, and then the younder children (3-9 years old) to the event at Kidzania.  

During the Cisco event, one of the childrens´ favorite parts was making the robot they created move around the classroom, stopping when it´s eye-like sensor detected an object 4 inches or less away.  They also loved touring the Cisco building, stopping on the 17th floor for a few minutes to watch the planes fly in and out and observe the world at hundreds of feet above ground.  For almost all the kids this was their first time in an elevator and their first time in a skyscraper!

While at Kidzania two weeks later, the children walked around bright-eyed looking at all the mock businesses and pretending to be an adult for the day. They made cinnamon bread at Dominos, pretended to be journalists at a local newspaper, got a driver´s license and learned about traffic laws, and spent their day´s earnings on real good like pencils and toys from the Sanbourns store. 

We are so happy to have these opportunities to take these kids outside their community and allow them to imagine a wide variety of options for their futures.  Your donations allowed us to pay for transportation for both of these trips. This wouldn´t have been possible without you!

 

All the best, 

 

Stephanie

Manager of Fundraising and Strategic Alliances

www.amextra.org 

 
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