In this project, 250 children become agents of change in their families and communities. Children and their parents have access to formal education, tutoring, Values for Non-violence workshops, urban gardens, nutrition counseling, psychological accompaniment, and have a space where they can believe in their ability to learn and lead. The Community Center where this project takes place is less than 1 mile from the municipal landfill, and many families make a living by separating garbage.
The problem is lack of quality education and health services in Tultitlan. Without access to individualized education, children grow up believing they are unable to learn, and malnutrition causes them to grow up without energy to play and create. Also, living next to the garbage dump makes families more prone to suffer from respiratory problems, stomach problems and other serious health problems. Without adequate education and health, future opportunities for the community are limited.
Our education promoters work with children to believe in themselves and their ability to learn. At the same time, education promoters help parents reflect about the value of education. Finally, urban gardens and nutrition workshops help the families prepare health, diverse meals with ingredients produced in their own homes and learn the value of taking care of our bodies and health.
As children grow up, they will be left with the memory of a time when Amextra and their community came together to support them in their time of need. They will have the academic skills they need to pursue any career of their choosing and skills in peaceful conflict transformation in order to build communities of peace. They will be strong and healthy and ready to be leaders in the community, their country, and, if they so choose, around the world!