It is the end of another school year, and we couldn´t be more proud of how this third year of work in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo has gone. You should be too, because you made it possible.
When we arrived in Chimalapa, Acaxochitlán, the men were uncomfortable with us talking about sexual and reproductive health (even though unplanned pregnancy is one of the biggest reasons why indigenous girls drop out of middle school here) and they wanted us to leave. The Chimalapa parent association insisted to these men on the importance of the program. And today, we are excited to share that in our last “Yo quiero, yo puedo” parent workshop of the year, there were quite a few men in the room participating. We have made sure to do some of these parents sessions with men and women separately, to ensure that the women can speak up too, and not just the men to whom the society affords a voice.
We have reached over 700 girls and boys in over 40 classrooms across indigenous Acaxochitlán this year. We even got to reach younger students, in 4th grade, thanks to all the support from donors like you. See one of these girls, Esmeralda, tell you what she thinks about gender equality, in the video below.
And watch the video of Cirilo talk about the change he has seen in the community, and his daughter and son, as a result of the program. We will be back soon with the evaluation results from Year 3!
Yo quiero Yo puedo