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 

Jan 6, 2020

Great news for our project in Mexico!

Dear friend,

We have some great news to share from Chiapas, Mexico!  Last week, the Vista Hermosa Foundation, an ally of ours for over a decade, approved a grant to support the second and third stages of Community Narrative Practice (CNP) with tzeltal families. This ally, along with all of you, will allow us to provide follow-up on the 135 interviews collected with women and men regarding gender violence and reproductive health in five tzeltal indigenous communities. 

Since receiving your support this summer and the most recent support of the Vista Hermosa Foundation, Dr. Kathleen Cash has been analyzing the patterns in the interviews to find common threads. This is a process Kathy has carried out in all her CNP projects, and is essential to making sure the program matches the community´s real issues. In approximately April of 2020 Kathy will be traveling to Mexico again to teach us this process so we can replicate it in other regions where Amextra works, and in the future share the process with other non-profit organizations in Mexico.  

We´ve been in contact with Kathy during this data analysis and story-writing time in case she has questions about any of the interviews.  As the project advances we´ll be sharing with you, our community of supporters, information about the storybooks that have been created as well as other updates from the field.  

Thank you for believing that a world without gender violence is possible. We´re honored to include you in this journey that has the potential to change the lives of hundreds of women and men in Mexico through reflection on current beliefs and brainstorming of alternatives.  

 

With gratitude,

 

Stephanie Ahlgrain

Manager of Fundraising and Strategic Alliances

Amextra

 
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