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Jun 1, 2018

The Summer Crop: Creativity, Commitment and You, Our Partners

Otomi leader, cover page, 2017 Annual Report
Otomi leader, cover page, 2017 Annual Report

With this win-win quarterly report, we write less to share more. 

PSYDEH is thrilled to announce the publication of our 2017 Annual Report in two forms:

This document marks a complete redesign of how we think about Annual Reports thanks to our ongoing collaboration with the global digital media and digital communications Dentsu Aegis Network. It speaks to a seminal year for PSYDEH in 2017, which we now build into bigger and better impact in 2018.

Second, with a picture worth a thousand words, and video better than a photo, we invite you into "our living room" with these two short video episodes from our feminine voices series:

Our harvest is bigger and better than ever, and we invite you to share in celebrating our progress.

Happy summer from PSYDEH!

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Feb 20, 2018

Winter Yield: Your Investment = Late-2017 Wins & New 2018 Collaborations

Katie Freund, special projects coordinator, PSYDEH
Katie Freund, special projects coordinator, PSYDEH

2017 was a seminal year for PSYDEH; 2018 looks just as bright!

Since our last report, we:

  • executed the final stage of 12 months of training around political violence against women while continuing to coach women leaders on "how to" produce their own projects in 2018.
  • expanded our diverse team of majority-women professionals to include an American Fulbright and elite businesswomen from the Dentsu Aegis network of marketing and branding companies.
  • produced our biggest Public Relations event in PSYDEH history.

LATE-2017 WINS  

In December, PSYDEH completed a federal government-funded initiative to strengthen indigenous women's participation in Mexico's electoral processes. This work continued progress started with our 2016-2017 award-winning initiative, is highlighted HERE in our most polished film-to-date and produced such tangible products as:

And PSYDEH continued pushing for a strong 2018 return on "Fruits of Change" investments by empowering our network of women-led NGOs to recently unveil their respective missions, visions, and logos in advance of 2018 project planning and fundraising work. See below these four logos.

2017 FRUIT TO BEAR MORE SEEDS IN 2018 

PSYDEH's sustained success is dependent on effective partnerships inspired by the "bottom-up development" truth that we are better together. For example, and thanks to 2017 success, we

  • have been selected as one of two Mexican NGOs and one of 19 global NGOs to work with the global Dentsu Aegis network of marketing and branding companies in 2018,

As exciting, PSYDEH recently enlisted Ms. Katie Freund, US Fulbright scholar, as our special projects coordinator. Ms. Freund, passionate about combining hard data and cultural studies to produce a sustainable impact, states, I am excited to join PSYDEH because I love this region and the people who live here. And PSYDEH embraces the cultural richness of the communities in which they work, building off the natural and human resources that already exist here. It’s amazing to get to work with a team that is so committed to creating innovative, sustainable impact from the bottom-up.

BIGGEST PUBLIC RELATIONS EVENT IN HISTORY

In late January 2018, PSYDEH was celebrated at a groundbreaking experience at La Cineteca Nacional de México, one of the most prestigious cinema centers in the world, produced by the innovative Colectivo Cine Social (CCS), with support from the Mexican federal government Secretaria de Cultura. See HERE for a video news story in Spanish on the experience by Xinhua News Agency.

The event took months to produce and was co-led by PSYDEH to offer 200+ Mexicans and foreigners from more than 8 countries a special screening of the new, highly-acclaimed film by director Ernesto Contreras: “Sueño en otro idioma” (Dream in another language), a panel discussion on indigenous rights, with a focus on the right of autonomy through language as key to sustainable development, and a post-event cultural experience.

The PR initiative is the most recent chapter in PSYDEH’s ongoing campaign to bridge urban and rural communities at the national and international level. And its another example of our leader-training methodology in action. As Marisela, panelist and PSYDEH indigenous women partner, says, “We as indigenous women have the same abilities, the same dreams, the same potential to be successful in life: we just lack the opportunities. And this event gives us the opportunity to have a voice, to tell our story, to speak directly to our country. “

Opening ceremony, 4th Public Forum of Native Women
Opening ceremony, 4th Public Forum of Native Women
Workshop, Leadership as Social Impact Tool
Workshop, Leadership as Social Impact Tool
PSYDEH, Mexican & Int'l friends, Jan. PR event
PSYDEH, Mexican & Int'l friends, Jan. PR event
PSYDEH, 1 of 19 Global NGOs, Route-to-Good project
PSYDEH, 1 of 19 Global NGOs, Route-to-Good project
Logo 1, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 1, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 2, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 2, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 3, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 3, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 4, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 4, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors

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Oct 13, 2017

Fall Harvest: Our Campaign is Won, Your Investment Yields Results!

Dona Luisa, Otomi women, leader
Dona Luisa, Otomi women, leader

We refuse to let earthquakes, extreme weather and poverty stop us from progress.

Since our last report,

  • we completed our GlobalGiving (GG) campaign! 
  • Women partners confirm that our rights-based, bottom-up education and community organizing work is right and good. 
  • PSYDEH inches closer to delivering more returns on your investment.

WE'VE DONE IT!

When PSYDEH launched our GG "Fruits of Change" campaign in late-September 2016, we had few income streams, no donor base, no social media presence, and no history of, nor a story about, working with foreigners. Thanks to you, we’ve made strong progress in each of these areas. Your investment funds these actions highlighted in our June field report video. And we tell our powerful story to institutional funders, how a little Mexican NGO joined forces with citizens from 16 countries in four continents to resist the "wall talk" by joining native Mexican women to solve local problems. Doubt us? See our interactive donor puzzle and this AMAZING image for proof! 

OUR WORK, NATIVE WOMEN, RIGHT AND GOOD

Doña Luis Arroyo, the 67-year-old Otomí leader pictured above and a mighty force in our Umbrella Network of native women-led NGOs (Network), was scheduled to attend PSYDEH's first-ever public forum linking women with male government leaders on combating political gender violence. But, torrential rains converted the road to the Forum into an impassible landslide of mud and rock. Not one male official from her town made the trip. Doña Luisa was not deterred. Upon arrival, after hours of walking alone in her now-destroyed sandals, Luisa stated, "[a]s a leader of my community, our Network, there was no other option. I have the responsibility to be present at these actions no matter the challenges." 

HOW TO FISH...

You help us teach native women how to sustain their own impact. In early summer, we began the second GG project objective: empower each women-led NGO to produce its own vision, mission, values and unique history statement, organizational logo and a plan for their first pilot project, i.e., NGO sustainability training. Work commenced with appreciative inquiry of women leaders about their demands for this element. We continued into the Fall with the second and third of five planned two-day work sessions resulting in each NGO producing its own rough draft of strategic plans and logos. Upon objective completion in early 2018, each NGO will be ready to raise its own funds and produce projects. 

*WITH CAMPAIGN SUCCESS, this is our final GlobalGiving report. If you don't want future project reports sent directly from PSYDEH, send us an email @ unsubscribe@psydeh.com.

**TO LEARN MORE about 2017 returns and progress, be sure to check out PSYDEH's RECENT NEWS page.

¡Juntos Somos Mejores!

Otomi generations from San Bartolo Tutotepec
Otomi generations from San Bartolo Tutotepec
Nahua leader outlining her NGOs vision
Nahua leader outlining her NGOs vision
GG funded women-led NGO strengthening workshop
GG funded women-led NGO strengthening workshop

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