Educate 80 street working children in Guadalajara!

by Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, MAMA A.C.
Play Video
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!

We have worked hard with this population and we maintain contact during each week of the year with 135 Children (more have been added). They are located in different places of concentration in the center of Guadalajara such as the Tapatía square, the San Juan de Dios market, and some neighborhoods. During 2022, we carried out a total of 268 street work sessions for the development of academic and social skills, games, food services and MAMA AC's philosophy. We delivered 4,004 food services. 64 referrals were made to various external and internal services of MAMA AC, always guaranteeing their basic rights. Among them are: academic registration, MAMA AC's school, CAM (multiple care center no. 7), vaccination registry, dental care, audiological device donation campaigns, red cross, health center, Hospital Civil de Guadalajara, economic campaign for botox ampoule, civil registry, ophthalmological services and violence care unit among others

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
"All kids, all rights" it says on the wall
"All kids, all rights" it says on the wall

When we first met Miguel and his grandmother, she wished to send her grandson to school, together with his two minor siblings. But, there were two challenges: 1) they couldn’t afford the uniforms, backpacks, pencils, and toothbrushes and 2) Miguel was almost deaf in both ears. 

The problems and solutions, but the family couldn’t afford any of them, on their own. The hearing aids were the whole family's budget for three months. Our educators talked to the doctor, willing to give a discount. The grandmother promised to pay 20% of the equipment, and we reached out to our network of friends and donors. Thanks to all; Miguel and his siblings are off to school! We are beyond grateful and happy, and so are one of the many families we work with. 



Besides this case, we have in the last three months achieved the following: 

  • 113 sessions have been carried out, where 156 girls and boys have participated. 
  • Our sessions are composed of five elements; 1) working the social and emotional skills, 2) academic support and learning, 3) MAMA’s life philosophy, and 5) having lunch together. 
  • 62 sessions of social and emotional skills were implemented
  • 113 sessions of academic intervention 
  • 50 sessions learning about MAMA's philosophy
  • 113 playful interventions where they get to be just kids 
  • 113 lunches were served, to make sure all bellies were full 

 

We also work with the parents to support them in a chaotic and unknown social system. As a result, 73 supportive sessions have been given to parents, helping them with the following:

  • Signing their children up for school
  • Receive dental service
  • COVID-19 vaccinations registration
  • Psychological attention and health services

 

Now, 4 girls and boys are registered to receive their vaccination and 16 joined school! 

We are beyond happy, and our hearts are about to burst! 

 

All this is possible thanks to you, friends and support. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. 

The squares and street are our classrooms
The squares and street are our classrooms
Learning numbers and colours
Learning numbers and colours
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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! 

From the 

Demography
Demography
Working locations
Working locations
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

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

Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco - Mexico
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Louise Brams Vinther
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico
$10,482 raised of $20,000 goal
 
110 donations
$9,518 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, MAMA A.C. has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.