Oct 9, 2019

What were grateful for in Tultitlan!

Thanksgiving is still a full month away, but with so much going on in Tultitlán we can´t help but count our blessings a little early!

This past weekend we had the visit of 24 volunteers from the technology company Cisco who helped us paint the phychology area, playground equipment and classrooms, move dirt for the expanded vegetable garden, and trim the trees and bushes.  While we were there, some of the kids told us what they like best about going to the Tultitlán Community Center.

"I like that they help us with our homework and the things we don´t understand, so we can do better at school"  - Ximena, 10 years old.

"My favorite part is the dentist and nurse because they make me feel better" -- Valeria, 6 years old. 

"For me it´s interesting to learn about the garden and the plants and how we can cook different foods. I also really liked the time we went to Cisco´s office because we learned about all the parts of a robot and how each element is necessary"  - Frida, 15 years old.

For all of us at Amextra it´s a true honor to work with all these great kids, staff, donors, allies, and volunteers and to be a part of the holistic transformation happening in Tultitlán. We see this transformation in everyone involved- from local volunteers to those far away who remember Tultitlán and how their visit has impacted their lives.  

From now to December we have a lot of work to do to close out the fall semester and make sure the kids finish strong.  If you able to help these learners to keep growing during the fall months, click on the "Give Now" button below. We appreciate your support!

 

With gratitude, 

 

Stephanie

Sep 19, 2019

Planning and fundraising stages in progress!

Because of all of you, on Global Giving we have raised $4,030 for Amextra´s Community Narrative Practice (CNP) project for preventing violence against women in Mexico.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

With your generous support we will be able to keep reviewing the interviews collected in the Ocosingo region of Chiapas, bring Dr. Kathleen Cash to Mexico again to train the artists and story writers, and create the storybooks that will be used to spark dialogue.  We are waiting on the results of a few grants, and expect to begin the second phase in January. 

Currently we are working in Ocosingo, Chiapas with our regular projects in health and nutrition, environmental protection, income generation and education.  Women artisans are increasing their income, corn and fruit production is on the rise, and the social fabric is growing strong. One thing that makes this project special is the relationship of trust built with the communities, and the trust within the communities themselves. With this background in place, communities have the basis to open up to discuss deeper topics, such as gender violence.  CNP is the pefect method for this time in the community, as there is already a strong base of community cooperation.    

Every three months of we will be sending you notes like these from the field, telling you about our progress with this gender violence project in Mexico and sending photos we think you´ll love.  Thank you again for your support! We look forward to sharing this process of community transformation with you. 

Sincerely, 


Stephanie

 

p.s If you haven´t already, we invite you to vote for this project´s main photo in the 2019 Global Giving Photo contest. Voting is open until Friday, September 20th at 12pm Eastern time. Cast your vote here! https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1298

Sep 3, 2019

Chiapas Nutrition Report August 2019

During the past 3 months we have continued with the health, nutrition and environmental preservation projects with Tzotzil indigenous families in the Highlands region of Chiapas, benefitting 112 people. Here are a few of the highlights! 

Hydration workshop

In June we held a workshop on the liquids version of the Healthy Plate nutrition model, called Healthy Cup.  In this workshop, families discussed what liquids they currently consume, as well as learned recommendations for water consumption and reduction of sugary beverage consumption.  Families told us that they know they should drink only clean water, but were unsure of the amount they were supposed to drink per day. The most frequently consumed beverages in the communities are bottled soft drinks, coffee or flavored/sweet waters (Xulumó, Namtic and Tabilhucum). After this workshop many families were committed to increasing their consumption of clean, plain drinking water.  

Nutrition workshops

Through healthy eating workshops, families have been taking advantage of their local resources and learning which foods are edible from their local environment like turnip, chicory, berries and chayote.  

Xulumó has had a great greenhouse yield, and begun using broccoli leaves, a food they had not previously known how to cook, in recipes learned with Amextra. In the town of Tzacucum, Chalchihuitán carrots from the backyard garden were used for the recipe for “carrot tinga”.  Try the recipe yourself here! (https://www.myfoodandfamily.com/recipe/125182/carrot-tinga-tostadas) Tinga is traditionally made with shredded chicken, and in this recipe shredded carrots are used as a replacement.  

Improvements in Corn and Fruit Production

MIAF (Corn Interplanted with Fruit Trees) systems have been improved, monitored and installed; pests, diseases and nutritional deficiencies in coffee and fruit trees have been controlled, and organic matter and nutrients/minerals have been incorporated into the soil. 

Pruning was carried out on fruit trees in July and August in order to improve plant growth and development; The application of biofertilizers (alternative to the use of chemicals) in the crops was carried out to improve the productive yield and the care of the environment by producing clean and healthy food.

Thanks to the hard work of our local teams we are on track with our goals for the year, and continuing to build strong relationships in the communities where we work.  Thank you for your constant support that makes these programs possible!

 

Stephanie Ahlgrain

Amextra Inc. 

"Changing lives, transforming communities"

 
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