COVID-19  Mexico Project #50439

A Better Future: quality education & companionship

by Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, MAMA A.C.
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A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
A Better Future: quality education & companionship
We celebrated Childen's Day with smiles & outdoor
We celebrated Childen's Day with smiles & outdoor

A season of celebration, but also an opportunity to reflect upon the last school year, and its challenges. 

 

Our operation distinguish from the traditional educational services children and adolescents receive here in Mexico. The girls and boys we work with, do not have access to the privilege of prioritizing school. they are unable to dedicate the time it requires, in order to finish their basic education. One thing is the lack of time and money that it costs when choosing school over work, but another is the lack of support from the closest network. 

This is where MAMA comes in. When parents are unable to support their children, our professional and effective educators, teachers, and psychologists stand in, and empower these souls through support and encouragement. Thanks to our team, and you support that help this program keep operating, we have been able to: 

 

GRADUATE 16 GIRLS, BOYS, AND ADOLESCENTS IN TOTAL! 

  

7 of the girls and boys graduating are beneficiaries of this program. 52 beneficiaries will continue their educational path, investing in their future, and hoping to soon follow the steps of their recently graduated peers.

All this has been done through providing formal and informal education below: 

 

  • Help with homework 
  • Academic follow ups with their schools and teachers 
  • Development of social skills in workshops 
  • Life Project Workshops 
  • MAMA A.C. lessons and values 
  • Recreational activities 
  • Individual accompaniment and counseling 
  • Academic management and liaison 



But, school and personal development are not the only factors improving the quality of life. Events for socializing and celebration improve connections by creating shared memories. This is why we decided to celebrate Children's day and mothers day, to remember that each one of us matters. We also co-organized and hosted the big Street Soccer tournament on local level May 18 and 19. And at last, we were invited to participate in the International Cinema Festival, as 1 of the 10 benefitted organizations. In June a group of excited children and adolescents had the great opportunity to enjoy the new Disney Movie, Lightyear. 

 

We know that behind these celebrations big effort has been made, and big challenges had to be defeated. Not everybody has the resources to do so, and unfortunately that has resulted in 8 students dropping out of school. The major reasons behind the dropouts are inasistance, economic difficulties, and migration. The open spaces in the project have been utilized by 5 new girls and boys that have been enrolled into the project, to enforce their educational formation. 

 

From the mouth and the heart, thank you for your support. 

Both girls and boys in all ages participated
Both girls and boys in all ages participated
Both beneficiaries and Director went to the cinema
Both beneficiaries and Director went to the cinema
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Since last you have heard from us, we’ve closed a year and opened a new one. maybe not the one we expected, so far. The world is challenged by apathy, causing suffering, chaos and lifes. Christmas is almost 3 months from now, but I still find it very proper to show you my gratitude. I would like to take a look at the brighter side of the coin, and thank you. To let you know, that we sincerely appreciate your trust and donation. With your support, we are able to make the world a more affectionate place, by planting a seed of prosperity in the eye of the hurricane. 

 

This seed is watered by the girls, boys, and teenagers with help from our educators. In the last three months, they have received help with their homework, workshops on social skills and life projects, MAMA´s life lessons, and individual counseling. Besides, our three educators have monitored the educational processes of the children and teenagers, teaming up with the school and their teachers to enhance the learning and academic development. 

Besides our usual activities, we have also provided more infrequent support. In December, we celebrated Christmas with a Posada, and the children where the children and teenagers received their Christmas gifts, as they do every year. In January, we helped 13 children change their school, and we helped one of our teenagers to enroll at high school! February comprised the enrollments of two smaller siblings into kindergarten, and 6 enrollments into primary education, and 5 enrollments into lower secondary education. We visited a children's Museum and went several times to the park, to move the body and change the classroom with trees and grass. 

 

We will keep supporting the younger generation in creating a safer future, and we’re grateful for having you by our side. Again, thank you.

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School is back and so are we! Since August our building has been full of laughter, dedication, studying, and creativity. The girls, boys and teenagers are showing up from Monday to Friday, to work on their Life Project, their social skills, and their academic formation. This is accomplished through help with homework, counseling at an individual level, and academic accompaniment. As part of their everyday life they receive recreational activities, which the last couple of months has included finger painting, documentary workshop, and yoga classes.    

Many had their eyes opened to yoga, and how it can be an activity that can bring them relaxation and calm. Activities like these can be of great value in a hectic and chaotic environment, where emotions are required to be regulated, to act desirable towards others and themselves. The intuition was practiced while decorating glass with paint, applying it with the fingers. Practice was the key during this workshop, given that nobody was able to take their paintings home, because they had to erase it by the end of the class. At the intense cinema workshop that lasted for a week, the girls, boys and teenagers had the opportunity to get an overall understanding of the visual storytelling tool. In order for them to succeed and actually create a mini-documentary, they needed to work in one team. Everybody was needed. Someone needed to act, others had to direct, and some to edit the whole thing. Without everybody's willingness and engagement, it would not have been able to make the documentaries that they did.  

So, to come to an end: without you, our friend and supporter, we would not have been able to actually carry out our everyday work. Once again, we would like to thank you for your support. 

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The graduated! Part 1
The graduated! Part 1

July 12 was a very important day for all of us! 32 beneficiaries - boys, girls, and teenagers - achieved to enter a new phase, and so they have moved closer to achieve their dreams. 7 graduated kindergarten, 10 graduated primary school, and 5 graduated secondary school.

From the heart, thank you, benefactor, for believing in and joining this cause. We will keep fighting and fulfilling dreams because as the Founder and Educator Rogelio said;

I want,

I can,

I could!

 

Besides, the girls, boys, and teenagers are finally back in the classroom regularly, which facilitates the platform we need to succeed in our work. We still take all sanitation measurements needed to protect all of us. 

At the moment the beneficiaries are on vacation from regular school, but we opened the doors for them to come and join our summer school, where they are taught more creative skills, such as storytelling and movie production. 

 

Again, thank you. This would not have been possible without you. 

The graduated! Part 2
The graduated! Part 2
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Three girls have a message to you. Have a look :-)
Three girls have a message to you. Have a look :-)

Four months have passed since the begging of this campaign and work, and a lot has happened! Nevertheless, we will try to keep this report short and informative. 

 

First of all, you decided to support this project and work - we are beyond grateful for it! 

Second, Mexico has faced the second COVID-outbreak, which have impacted the children and their ability to keep up with their studies. The local government decided to carry out the education online until Summer. Consequently, more than 2,5 million girls and boys dropped out of school on a national level in the period from May to August in 2020 (statista, 2020), since the government's educational model does not take into account the most vulnerable of society.

The major reason for the high numbers of drop out is the lack of resources. The homes do not count with the needed equipment - such as computer, internet, printer, and school material. Besides, many students and their family members do not count with the required abilities to manage to homeschool - their parents are in a dilemma between dedicating time to their children's educational needs or generating an income to assure the survival of the family. 

"Before entering MAMA in February (2021), I hadn't done the homework for almost one year. Because of the pandemic, my mom had to cut our internet since we couldn't afford it." 

(Anonymous beneficiary, 13 years)

 

Since January, the girls and boys have attended our day centre, where they receive help with homework from one of our educators. More than ever, the educators play a crucial role in the boys and girls' permanence in the educational system and assuring their well-being while studying at home. Besides tutoring them academically, they help them downloading and uploading their homework to the digital platforms. The educational and logistical support our educators provide the girls, boys and their families helps them overcome the stress and challenges they live at the moment due to the pandemic. Moreover, receiving the girls and boys again in the day centre and providing them with a safe space where they can socialise with their friends has contributed positively to each of the children's well-being. When you ask them what they want the most, they all answer: 

 

"I want to play with my friends" or "I want to go to school, to see my friends again". 

 

Thanks to you, we can keep carrying out our labour and stand by the children and their families' side in these hard times. With your support, we safeguard the boys and girls' right to study and play and their right to be heard.  

This little girl has something important to say!
This little girl has something important to say!
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Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, MAMA A.C.

Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Louise Brams Vinther
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico
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