May 28, 2021

Our paradigm-changing work continues (1st - 2nd quarters 2021)

Bordamos Juntos Main Page
Bordamos Juntos Main Page

2020 and early 2021 investments result in our COVID-19 program, PSYDEH's most ambitious fieldwork ever, a key step forward in our work to be a paradigm changer in the community-led development sector across the Americas and worldwide. Concurrently, we make strong advances in modeling to other nonprofits how they can evolve with more success in resource raising, corporate alliances, new branding, and intentional transparency. Let us explain! 

Fieldwork

  • One of the key parts of our just-launched COVID-19 program (see below), perhaps its crown jewel, is PSYDEH’s social enterprise project Bordamos Juntos (“Embroidering Together”) produced with Ayuda Mutua CDMX. Bordamos Juntos offers a limited collection of embroidered and handwoven textiles crafted by Indigenous women artisans from Hidalgo, Mexico, available for purchase online on our brand new Etsy shop with international shipping options.
  • Produced pursuant to Indigenous women's demands in late-2020 and early 2021, our seven-mechanism COVID-19 program mitigates the pandemic's social and economic effects on women partners and their communities, while cementing our progress incubating a Network of women-led collectives since 2015-2016.
  • PSYDEH continues making a creative impact with our newest short film "Poderosa" celebrating women partners and friends running for political office in the Fall 2020 election season in Hidalgo. This short was directed by resident filmmaker/photographer Diogo Heber to offer an intimate conversation around how rural Indigenous women leaders view empowerment in the context of our work to protect and promote Mexican's right to vote in fair and open electoral processes.

Resource Well-being

  • The Kroll Charitable Foundation (then called Duff & Phelps), the giving arm of the firm Kroll, selected PSYDEH as one of 22 eligible charities worldwide to receive a grant. We use these funds for our COVID-19 program and have already made a presentation to Kroll employees across the globe. 
  • As part of Zoom's International Women's Day celebration, PSYDEH was chosen as one of two women's rights organizations worldwide to receive grant funds from Zoom Cares, their social impact program. Concurrently, we work to build a multi-year relationship with them, including having already made the first of a number of presentations to their employees.
  • Building off long-standing relationships in Germany and with crowdfunding platforms like GlobalGiving, PSYDEH now builds a German-speaking country resource raising strategy as well as a market-facing consulting service to support for-profit companies, nonprofits, and especially rural, Indigenous artisans wanting to solve ethically knotty cultural and branding appropriation cases in a win-win manner. 

Organization Progress

  • In spring 2021, we were chosen as the only nonprofit from GlobalGiving’s worldwide network of 6000 organizations to serve on an expert panel for the official launch of Ethos which is GG’s “philosophy and how-to guide designed to help leaders explore, act on, manage, and learn from dilemmas“. Mahathi Kumar, Project Manager at PSYDEH, shared our experience using the Ethos principles to navigate a recent dilemma involving business ethics and cultural and brand appropriation. Our case study, titled “Indigenous Communities, Companies and Cultural Appropriation” speaks to the same dilemma with more detail.
  • In early 2021, we used our years-long partnership with the groundbreaking Indian social start-up Chezuba to be selected as the only nonprofit in Latin America for India's largest company, the Tata Groups's TATAEngage Volunteer Program. Here, we allied with one of Tata's expert accountants based in Ambala City in the state of Haryana in northern India to produce a project focused on PSYDEH's organizational promise to be intentionally transparent. Specifically, he has delivered top-quality tools for annual financial reporting and organizational budgeting. 
  • With the leadership of Valeria Olivares, PSYDEH's Social Media and Brand Awareness Consultant, we designed our innovative “Se dueña de tu voz” (“Own your voice”) to ally with social media influencers when engaging and connecting women (and men) across Mexico with the aim of promoting women's voices at the nexus of social media and social impact.
Etsy Bordamos Juntos
Etsy Bordamos Juntos
New short film "Poderosa"
New short film "Poderosa"

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Jan 25, 2021

Thriving, not just surviving (4th quarter 2020)

Indigenous women candidate for office, Oct. 2020
Indigenous women candidate for office, Oct. 2020

In 2020, your donation helped PSYDEH to see challenges as opportunities. 

During the fourth quarter, the entire year really, during these difficult COVID-19 times, we asked ourselves this: is there a way to still thrive, to be more resilient?

Showcasing how we get to “yes,” how we use your gift to make an impact in our work, see below highlights from our FOURTH QUARTER 2020 NEWSLETTER celebrating our progress in the field, with our finances, and as an innovative organization. ***OF COURSE, if you prefer to view the full newsletter, click on the link above or HERE.

 Fieldwork

  • We published the English version of our e-book "Narrativas”, the fruit from our innovative storytelling initiative produced with crowdfunds from GlobalGiving (GG). Learn more about this work here.
  • PSYDEH continues to promote and support women’s participation in late-October electoral processes in four indigenous municipalities. Our short-film on this work will be released in the 1st quarter of 2021.
  • We finish planning for our 2021-2022 multi-mechanism program. Reflecting local indigenous women feedback, this is our most ambitious fieldwork ever, produced in collaboration with these women to help their families and communities rebuild during and after COVID-19. See this news item for program details, this account on our novel leadership-training planned for our women partner’s network, and this dispatch on one of the mechanisms we call “Bordamos juntos”, innovated with our new partner Ayuda Mutua CDMX.

Financial Well-being

  • Since September, we have launched new pieces of our seven-resource stream strategy: our (1) volunteer collaborator’s program, and (2) corporate partnerships program, including one of its key elements, (3) our cause marketing initiative. For details about volunteer collaborator activities, contact Carmen Grab. For more on corporate partners and cause marketing, contact Damon Taylor and Hannah Swenson respectively.
  • Our pro bono global law firm partner Hogan Lovells CDMX, in collaboration with TrustLaw (a project of the Thomson Reuters Foundation), helps us to make needed progress in becoming an outfit with 100% financial transparency. Learn more here

Organization Progress

  • India-based Chezuba helps PSYDEH to link with professionals from across the globe, including employees of the Tata Group, one of the largest Indian multinational conglomerates with 100,000+  workers across the world.
  • PSYDEH’s majority-paid field team grows. Necessitated by local indigenous women’s demands and our 2020-2022 COVID-19 recovery project, PSYDEH launches our nine-person, majority-indigenous women field Corps. It operates out of our first satellite-field office “Casa Siempre Viva”, named after indigenous women partner’s regional organization with the same name.
  • For over a year now, PSYDEH strategically uses our voice as a community-led development leader to promote more equitable access to resources through online global crowdfunding platforms like USA-UK-based GlobalGiving (GG). Learn more about PSYDEH’s evolving role here, and our novel model for working in this area here. To see the indirect impact of our nudging, and to learn more about GG's new community-led development research initiative, see this article and this report

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Jan 25, 2021

Thriving, not just surviving (4th quarter 2020)

Indigenous women candidate for office, Oct. 2020
Indigenous women candidate for office, Oct. 2020

In 2020, your donation helped PSYDEH to see challenges as opportunities. 

During the fourth quarter, the entire year really, during these difficult COVID-19 times, we asked ourselves this: is there a way to still thrive, to be more resilient?

Showcasing how we get to “yes,” how we use your gift to make an impact in our work, see below highlights from our FOURTH QUARTER 2020 NEWSLETTER celebrating our progress in the field, with our finances, and as an innovative organization. ***OF COURSE, if you prefer to view the full newsletter, click on the link above or HERE.

 Fieldwork

  • We published the English version of our e-book "Narrativas”, the fruit from our innovative storytelling initiative produced with crowdfunds from GlobalGiving (GG). Learn more about this work here.
  • PSYDEH continues to promote and support women’s participation in late-October electoral processes in four indigenous municipalities. Our short-film on this work will be released in the 1st quarter of 2021.
  • We finish planning for our 2021-2022 multi-mechanism program. Reflecting local indigenous women feedback, this is our most ambitious fieldwork ever, produced in collaboration with these women to help their families and communities rebuild during and after COVID-19. See this news item for program details, this account on our novel leadership-training planned for our women partner’s network, and this dispatch on one of the mechanisms we call “Bordamos juntos”, innovated with our new partner Ayuda Mutua CDMX.

Financial Well-being

  • Since September, we have launched new pieces of our seven-resource stream strategy: our (1) volunteer collaborator’s program, and (2) corporate partnerships program, including one of its key elements, (3) our cause marketing initiative. For details about volunteer collaborator activities, contact Carmen Grab. For more on corporate partners and cause marketing, contact Damon Taylor and Hannah Swenson respectively.
  • Our pro bono global law firm partner Hogan Lovells CDMX, in collaboration with TrustLaw (a project of the Thomson Reuters Foundation), helps us to make needed progress in becoming an outfit with 100% financial transparency. Learn more here

Organization Progress

  • India-based Chezuba helps PSYDEH to link with professionals from across the globe, including employees of the Tata Group, one of the largest Indian multinational conglomerates with 100,000+  workers across the world.
  • PSYDEH’s majority-paid field team grows. Necessitated by local indigenous women’s demands and our 2020-2022 COVID-19 recovery project, PSYDEH launches our nine-person, majority-indigenous women field Corps. It operates out of our first satellite-field office “Casa Siempre Viva”, named after indigenous women partner’s regional organization with the same name.
  • For over a year now, PSYDEH strategically uses our voice as a community-led development leader to promote more equitable access to resources through online global crowdfunding platforms like USA-UK-based GlobalGiving (GG). Learn more about PSYDEH’s evolving role here, and our novel model for working in this area here. To see the indirect impact of our nudging, and to learn more about GG's new community-led development research initiative, see this article and this report

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