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!
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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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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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Hand-out of food and greens
Hand-out of food and greens

Our population still face the government’s imposition to “stay at home”, families have lost any opportunity to generate economic resources, and stranded without food.

 

Fortunately, we have accompanied our population from the first day. Every four days we bring them balanced and nourishing food for the whole family.

 

We keep focusing our accompaniment and educational attention on our beneficiaries, even though they aren’t allowed to show up at school yet. We bring them educational support so they can maintain or advance their educational level, and also to minimize the negative impact the pandemic has on their lives and educational and personal formation.

To be more specific, this implies accompanying the children and adolescents in their educational development, which has been digitalized as a response to COVID-19. As only 1% has access to the internet at home, which makes it impossible for them to follow the online education, implying downloading and uploading their homework. Our teachers help them with the digital part of their education and make sure that all have their homework in printed versions. This way we try to minimize the educational backwardness the digitalization cause.

We have also opened a line of psychological attention for our children and adolescents, and for their families as well.

 

We keep following all sanitary standards regarding food deliveries and visits.

 

We thank you for your support and commitment to this cause, pandemic or not.

More greens!
More greens!
And we hand-out homework as well
And we hand-out homework as well
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Thank you so much for all your confidence and faith in our work. We are continuously working hard to make this world a better place for children. 

 

This year we started with great achievements, during the first four months, our team of educators:

 

  • Attended 80 children in total, 41 boys and 30 girls
  • Given 84 hours of Life Skills classes and educational reinforcement where the boys and girls have got to know themself better and improve their educational level.
  • Served 593 plates in that last four months of the year to the boys and girls participating in the program

 

However, in March our project faced the challenge of adapting its operation to the pandemic. We knew we needed to take action, the rights of child workers must continue to be guaranteed in times of crisis.

 

For this reason, since March 15 twice, we have restored the right to food by delivering 432 basic food baskets to the families of child workers in the beneficiaries' work areas and homes.

 

Thanks to your support we can cover their most basic alimentary and sanitary needs, to provide the social protection and prevent the effects of the crisis.

 

Thank you for all your support, which is what makes our work possible. 

 

Please stay safe during these difficult days for us all.



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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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