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

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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