Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!

by Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, MAMA A.C.
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Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!
Educator Janeth teaches emotions
Educator Janeth teaches emotions

Our intervention on the streets is fully operating, and we’re way busier than expected!

Since our latest update in February, we have attended 138 girls and boys in street situation, restituting their rights to play, to learn, and to a nutritious meal. When we designed the project, we expected to attend 80 girls and boys, but the demand for attention rose by 68%. The is caused mainly by the pandemic, since many parents saw themselves obliged to take their children out of school, to attend their basic need to generate an income and to survive. This means that we have more work than first expected, but we gladly do the extra so we can reach a support more children!

We restitute the right to survival, development, and protection, through:

  • Disseminating information on the program and onboarding of children in need
  • Sessions where we work and develop social and emotional skills, such as identifying feeling and healthy ways to relate
  • Sessions where we work and develop the academic and cognitive skills
  • A time to play
  • And a nutritive meal

Besides, when needed we help the children and their families to obtain birth certificate or other legal documents, we accompany parents to get their COVID vaccine, and when other special needs occur, we help them to identify a solution to their situation and accompany them in their first appointment.

 

Now, we’re in the process of applying a socioeconomic and cultural study, to get to know better the situation and the needs of the girls and boys. Along the month of June, we’ll be applying 138 studies, and when we have the results, we will be happy to share them with you.

Until then, take care of yourself, and thank you for supporting us and this much needed intervention.

Our volunteers take active parte in our operation!
Our volunteers take active parte in our operation!
Girls and boys are identifying values
Girls and boys are identifying values
Every intervention includes a meal
Every intervention includes a meal
We learn through creative and playful methods
We learn through creative and playful methods
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Children and teenagers working or accompaying
Children and teenagers working or accompaying

It’s a new year, and we’re reaching for new heights

 

First, we would like to share with you, some of the details we have so far on the children and adolescents in street situation in Guadalajara.

In the last report we send you, we had registered 322 children and adolescents in street situation. We’ve done a bit of counting since, and the numbers are now 381. In other words, during the last 4 years – which was when we last counted the children and adolescents on the streets – the number of children and adolescents in street situation has increased by 116.5%. This increase has primarily been due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Almost 70% of of the children and adolescents work on their own, more accurate 253 of the counted.

 

Many of these teenagers, are normally handed out grown up responsibilities by their parents or guardians. As a consequence, they would often have to leave behind their studies at an early age, if they are enrolled in an educational institution. 

The economic activities the children, adolescents and their families are carrying out to survive varies. 70% of the identified population dedicates themselves to the sale of some sort of product, food or handcraft, such as chips, candy, water, bracelets, etc.   

As mentioned in the previous report, a part of the population identified is indigenous. To be more specific, 32%. This population are facing a severe vulnerability, since beside being poor they belong to a discriminated minority. As a consequence, they commonly have a really low self-esteem, and their rights are not upheld due to their ethnicity.

While we carried out this general census, we had the opportunity to chit chat with population, and they shared with us how they had experienced the pandemic so far. In general, they expressed that 2020 and the beginning of 2021 had been really hard economically, mainly because their survival and income depends on the sales they make at their stands at the main square. During the quarantines and following numerous lockdowns, they had a tough time, since they weren’t allowed by the local government, to generate an income in a public space. Even though the sales improved in 2021, they are still not back to as they were before the pandemic.   

 

But, lets get back to the field! In February we’ll start the “Friendship Phase”. Here our aim to get to know the beneficiaries, and build a good relation to them and their families. This process happens through play, where we restitute the “right to play”, which is often deprioritized or not existing in these children lives. We’re excited about starting this phase – that has been postponed due to Omicron variant, which hit Mexico in December and January – and we hope that you are as well!

 

Again, thank you for supporting this intervention. Personally, I can’t wait to send you a new report in June.

The kind of activities they are carrying out
The kind of activities they are carrying out
The ethnicity among the children and teenagers
The ethnicity among the children and teenagers
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Gender distribution
Gender distribution

So... We're back on the street! The pandemic has hit us hard, as well as many around the world.

Finally, it's been possible for us to take back the streets, and start unfolding the classroom at the crossroad! 

To be able to provide the kind of services needed, we needed to get back out, investigate, and understand the socio-economic situation of the street working children and adolescents in a post-COVID-19 world. The first phase of the preliminary process of the project was to observe streets, avenues, squares, parks and other public areas that can facilitate selling goods and services. 

For two weeks, we went out to observe the infantile working population, to get a better idea about their gender, age, ethnicity, the activity they carry out, whether they work or accompany family members who work on the streets, and the location where they work. In total 322 children and adolescents, were registered. The first phase of the new cycle of the project, which will last two months, was composed of a total of 25 routes observing the situation, in total 43 hours of work. 

Those working on the avenues and the crossroads either clean windshields, juggle, sell candies and snacks, or beg for money. Those working in the squares sell plants, snacks, handcraft, and traditional clothing, or beg and sing. Among the boys and girls we’ve registered among others, ethnicities such as Tzotzil, Mixtecos, Otomíes, Wixarica, and Mestizos. 

It is important to mention that age and ethnicity is the investigators' judgement

 

The step is to initiate “Operation Friendship” to the closer to the population at getting to know their individual reality and circumstances. We're so thankful for the trust and support you have shown this program! Thanks to you, we're able to continue attending the girls, boys, and teenagers that each day goes on the streets in order to create a life for themselves! 

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Demography
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Happy kids, and full bellies (soon)!
Happy kids, and full bellies (soon)!

The pandemic is still present, but society is slowly getting “back to normal”. The economic stress the children and their families have been living the last year and a half roughly have affected almost all of our beneficiaries negatively. Those affected the most have been those from the street working program. The majority of this population had been left without income. Poverty and its insecurities have hit them hard but it has also manifested how they are distanced from society and its services. 54% of the families have not applied for any governmental support, 20% of them did apply but did not receive any, and only 26% did receive support, but it was not enough to cover their needs. We know that times are hard and that getting help is not always easy.

In solidarity, we have handed out 108 pantries from February to May, to the families of the children participating in the program.

Thank you for making this possible, without you and your support this would not have been feasible. 

And the mothers are content as well!
And the mothers are content as well!
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Dinner is (almost) ready!
Dinner is (almost) ready!

 

Since the last report, Mexico has faced the second COVID-outbreak, which have impacted the children and their families’ financial situation and threatened their health - 97% of all our beneficiaries and their families have been affected negatively financially by the crisis since its beginning.

 

Due to the pandemic, this program had to adapt to the restrictions issued by the local authorities. We keep attending the children in the ways that we are allowed to, either attending them in the streets, in our educational centre, or at their homes. The operation is continuously shifting from “in-person” to “at distance”. We hand out the printed educational activities together with pantries when we aren’t able to carry out the activities in the streets as planned. The pantries are still handed out once a week, containing food and basic utensils for the children and the families, to mitigate the extreme stress they are living at the moment.

 

But, in the midst of the critical situation, we are living at the moment, there is room for some great news as well… Seven children have been canalized from our street program to our school program! This implies that they have improved their educational abilities, but also their social-emotional skills have improved to such degree that they can be integrated into our school. This is a significant step in their path to creating a better future for themselves!

 

On behalf of MAMA, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all the support we have received. Thanks to you, this intervention is still possible, even though the odds are against us in times of crisis.

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Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, MAMA A.C.

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