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Feb 19, 2019

Starting 2019 strong as a community

Eggs produced from the income generation project
Eggs produced from the income generation project

Since the beginning of the permanant housing construction project in Tetela del Volcán in February of 2018, 25 families who lost their homes in the September 2017 earthquake have begun or completed the construction of their new dignified and comfortable home. Currently, we are helping the families of four women: Elena, Sandra, Elodia and Martha.

In October of 2018, the business reactivation project was completed. Currently, we are supporting the 53 beneficiary families with follow-up of their projects, and taking note of the the progress and impact that this project has had on each family.  In January, most beneficiaries worked to keep up the business and looked for sales strategies so that they generate profits to invest and can keep their income constant. The sale of organic eggs, atole, tamales, bread, tortillas, pozole, tlacoyos, lunches, juices, smoothies and groceries, allow the families to have money to reinvest and support the family expenses.

In the town of Jojutla de Juárez 89-year-old Ms. Elena attends to a small candy store on the edge of her home, which was reactivated with Amextra´s help.  Elena says she is very happy to work again and have her own income. She says that working makes her feel good and that she loves to be in contact with people.

One of the most important parts of our project is that members of the town itself make up the Tetela del Volcán work team. Local volunteers have been helping each other build homes and learning how else they can support each other, too.  Having this team of 8 volunteers has helped us complete the construction projects more quickly as well.  

The permanent housing project will benefit Mr. Guillermo and Mr. Eduardo  during the month of February.  Also in February a series of workshops to train social work students in the Amextra Forming Values for Non-violence model will begin. The objective is to prepare the professionals with tools that they allow them to reproduce the model in the town´s elementary schools. The ultimate goal is to educate the new generations in tolerance, solidarity, respect for human rights, nonviolence and peace, to make them champions of these topics now in the classrooms as well as later in life as adults.  

Working on Ms. Elodias house with local volunteer
Working on Ms. Elodias house with local volunteer
Students of the Education for Nonviolence Program
Students of the Education for Nonviolence Program
Jan 15, 2019

Sharing our gifts this Three Kings Day

Staff Gaudencio and Marcela with the 3 Kings
Staff Gaudencio and Marcela with the 3 Kings

This past Friday, January 11, 2019, kids from the Sierra de Guadalupe, El Cerrito, and El Basurero communities excitedly arrived at the Amextra Community Center in Tultitlán to see what the Three Kings brought. 

Thanks to a collaboration with the technology company Cisco, 40 kids´ wish for new books or toys come true.  In December, the children wrote their letters to the Three Kings (Cisco employees), who then worked their magic to make the children’s´ wishes become a reality.  Some of the volunteers this day from Cisco were already familiar with Tultitlán, having participated in the day of playground repairs and painting back in September of last year.  We love that Mexico City Cisco employees are building relationships in Tultitlán! 

As the children bring home their new dolls and dinosaurs, we hope they smile remembering not only the gift, but the experience of sharing bread and time with peers and adults that care about them.  

From September to December, we worked with 48 children in tutoring and classes to bring kids up to grade level, English classes, Saturday math classes and computer literacy workshops. 42 children have worked with our psychologist through group and individual sessions, and are receiving the accompaniment they need.  

During events such as the Three Kings Day gift delivery, we remind parents and children of the health and education services provided by Amextra in Tultitlán.  Thorough these events we hope to strengthen the community fabric and unite the community in celebration of some of its youngest members.  We are so appreciative to the Cisco volunteers who helped make this event a reality, and to all those who support Tultitlán all year so we can provide health and education services. We can´t wait to accompany Tultitlán in 2019 during its process of holistic transformation!

Dec 18, 2018

Anthropometric measurements: Los Altos and beyond

Anthropometric measurement in Ocosingo
Anthropometric measurement in Ocosingo

The first years of a child´s life are essential for growth and development. It is important to monitor the gain or loss of weight and height in order to diagnose malnutrition problems from an early age, to prevent more serious health problems later in life.

Along with the Dr. Simi Foundation, the Amextra team in Los Altos, Chiapas has been able to test for hemoglobin levels in children under six and pregnant women from the communities of Aldama and Chalchihuitán, Chiapas. With this test we can detect if there is iron deficiency in the population and take necessary steps to reduce the anemia. When anemia is diagnosed, our nutritionist works closely with the families to discuss ways to decrease anemia through dietary measures. We also work closely with health centers and are able to make referrals in cases of anemia or malnutrition that require further follow-up.  

During October of 2018, the Amextra in the region of Altos accompanied the Amextra Ocosingo, Chiapas regional team to perform the first anthropometric measurement in this reagion. This first measurement will serve as the basis for the anthropometric and hemoglobin monitoring of children under 6 years of age, pregnant and lactating women. In total, Amextra is attending to 72 infants and seven women in these regions of Chiapas. Also, this year an internal manual was created by the Amextra teams in order to have organized and systematized information on the anthropometic measurement of women and children. This manual will help our six regional teams to have more communication and professionalization of their nutrition and health program processes.  

 
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