Children
 Mexico
Project #11133

Education for 250 working children in Chiapas

by Melel Xojobal A.C.
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Learning circles in Melel
Learning circles in Melel

Dear GlobalGiving Donors

From February to May, this is what we´ve been doing in the working children program:

Annual Birth Certificate Campaign

From February to April, we ran our annual birth certificate campaign. The goal is to support the city’s indigenous families in obtaining birth certificates for their daughters and sons.

The campaign was conducted at markets and public spaces where children commonly work and we also broadcasted spots in Spanish and in Tzotzil Maya on local radio.

We held 2 information sessions with the families where we explained the procedures and the documents that they needed to gather. We helped obtained 64 birth certificates.

Strengthening School Attendance and Performance

We had weekly sessions in four different markets and in the organization, dedicated to reinforcing academic skills. This year topics are: a) improving reading and writing; b) basic mathematical skills; c) reading circles and; d) history.

We are also working with children and families to ensure that they are enrolled for the next school year and providing special workshops for the girls and boys who need to take the secondary school test.

At the moment 31 children and adolescents have a scholarship; we have monthly meetings with them and the families to monitor their progress at school and to provide guidance in case they need it.

So far, 222 working children have benefitted from the work that the organization does and we are only able to do it thanks to the invaluable support and generosity of all our donors around the world.

Kind regards 

Learning circles in Melel
Learning circles in Melel
Learning circles in the Cathedral
Learning circles in the Cathedral
Learning circles in Santo Domingo
Learning circles in Santo Domingo

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Artesans working children
Artesans working children

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

It is with great pleasure, that we present to you the annual report for the funds we received this year. Your contribution makes a real difference for the children that we work with.

Last year we work with 528 working children. With the program we help to promote their rights such as education, identity and a life free of violence.

 

a)      Annual Birth Certificate campaign

 From January to May we held the annual birth certificate campaign, it was focus mostly in the markets and public areas where children work, but we also produced radio spots that were broadcast in local radio stations.

 We help to obtain 69 birth certificates.

 b)      Educational activities

 We did weekly educational activities in different places like markets, downtown and in the organization office. The activities were focus to help children to learn abilities such as reading comprehension, writing, mathematics, technology; abilities that are useful in school contributing to prevent drop-out. But also, we taught them about their rights and life skills such as work team, frustration tolerance, patience, self-esteem, etc.

 

c)       Annual Campaign: Right to Education

Melel Xojobal ran a campaign to promote the enrolment of working children in school. The campaign took place in three markets where there are children working without attending school. We performed a play and we also placed posters and gave out leaflets with information for parents.


The play´s title was: “The story of Lupita: the girl who sold flowers at Merposur”.  Lupita is an 8 year old child, who sells flowers at a market, she doesn’t have a birth certificate, so she can´t go to school. The play analyzes the different problems of education for children who have to work as well the importance of having a birth certificate. It also encourages parents to support their children to attend and to stay in school, providing a new perspective about the long term benefits that education will have on their children.

d) Scholarships

 We were able to award 31 scholarships to families in greatest need to help with the costs associated with schooling.

 

                                                     We want to thank all of you your priceless support

Learning activities in Santo Domingo
Learning activities in Santo Domingo
Learning activities at Melel Xojobal
Learning activities at Melel Xojobal
Learning activities at Melel Xojobal
Learning activities at Melel Xojobal
Learning activities at Santo Domingo
Learning activities at Santo Domingo
Primary school graduate she has a scholarship
Primary school graduate she has a scholarship
Learning activities in Santo Domingo
Learning activities in Santo Domingo

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My name is Sandy and I received the scholarship, it has been very helpful, especially with my school supplies, with stationary supplies and with food etc.

In Melel Xojobal there have been activities such as jewelry-making where we make chaquira bracelets and collars. I learned how to use the pliers.

We also have activities every Monday at 4:00 pm, where we learn about our rights, about bullying and especially how to defend our rights.

I like Melel Xojobal because I learn more and also because it’s very fun. I thank the people who gave me the scholarship, it´s been very helpful. When I don´t have shoes to go to school I can buy them with the scholarship and also buy school supplies. Sometimes my school supplies are stolen so I can buy more.

Thank you for your attention

I am Sandy and I am 11

Life, work and dignity
Life, work and dignity
Trip to "Arcotete"
Trip to "Arcotete"
Learning activities in the Cathedral
Learning activities in the Cathedral
Original letter part 1
Original letter part 1
Original letter part 2
Original letter part 2

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Melels Director at the award ceremony
Melels Director at the award ceremony

Dear friends

It is an honor to be able to inform you that for three consecutive years, Melel has been officially recognized for the work it does in support of the children of Chiapas. Last Monday we received in London the inaugural With and For Girls award, given by the Stars Foundation, for the work we do in support of girls and adolescents.

We want to take this opportunity to extend this award to all the GlobalGiving Donors who support our work and invest in the lives of children in Chiapas.

Here is the press release for the award:

PRESS RELEASE: Mexican girl-led charity wins international award for outstanding work

Local charity Melel Xojobal is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award.

The With and For Girls Awards is a global initiative to identify and support strong local organisations working with and for girls.

The charity – based in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico – is recognised for its work with indigenous girls and young women on skills building, rights promotion and health education.

Melel Xojobal will receive the Award at a London ceremony on Monday 16 November 2015, where representatives from the winning organisations will attend along with people from a range of foundations, multilateral agencies, INGOs and prominent influencers within the sector.

The Chiapas region of Mexico is rich in natural resources, yet has some of the highest rates of poverty in the country.

There are low levels of indigenous children enrolled at school and high dropout rates due to poverty, unplanned pregnancies, early marriage, gender inequality and discrimination based on ethnic origin.

There is a lack of access to information to help girls to make informed decisions and few or dysfunctional support networks for victims to turn to if their rights are being violated.

Melel Xojobal works to boost the social and political involvement of indigenous girls, boys and young people from San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

Through its work to keep children in school, Melel Xojobal has helped teenage girls reach higher levels of education, enabling them to widen their employment options. Activities focus on developing girls’ social skills and allowing them to map out their life plan in a conscious and informed way.

All of Melel Xojobal’s programmes have been designed to promote girls’ participation and autonomy, to widen their support networks and to provide them with knowledge about their rights and enable them to develop the tools and skills to exercise and defend them.

Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation – “Despite the critical role that women and girls play in sustainable development, the World Bank estimates that less than two cents of every dollar spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls. The With and For Girls Award provides flexible funding to grassroots girl-focused NGOs, empowering them to invest their funds where they need them most. We want to shine a spotlight on these outstanding local organisations and encourage more funders to support girls in their role as vital agents of change within our sector."

As part of the award package, Melel Xojobal will receive US$50,000 of flexible funding and capacity building support. ENDS

Work with girls and adolescents
Work with girls and adolescents
Press conference lead by girls
Press conference lead by girls
3rd event of girls and adolescents
3rd event of girls and adolescents

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Lupita and the old wise man
Lupita and the old wise man

Melel Xojobal ran a campaign to promote the enrolment of working children in school. The campaign took place in three markets where there are children working without attending school. We performed a play and we also placed posters and gave out leaflets with information for parents.

The play´s title was: “The story of Lupita: the girl who sold flowers at Merposur”.  Lupita is an 8 year old child, who sells flowers at a market, she doesn’t have a birth certificate, so she can´t go to school. The play analyzes the different problems of education for children who have to work as well the importance of having a birth certificate. It also encourages parents to support their children to attend and to stay in school, providing a new perspective about the long term benefits that education will have on their children.

This campaign is part of the Entering and Remaining in School program focused on helping children enroll in school through support in obtaining birth certificates as well as the holding of weekly “learning circles”, where Melel’s educators work to support children in their studies, improving their understanding of what they are taught in school and helping to keep drop-out rates as low as possible. We were also able to award 31 scholarships to families in greatest need to help with the costs associated with schooling.

Santo Domingo Craft Market
Santo Domingo Craft Market
The play was popular in Merposur
The play was popular in Merposur
She talks about the importance of education
She talks about the importance of education

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Melel Xojobal A.C.

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​www.melelxojobal.org.mx
Project Leader:
Susana Donaire
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas Mexico
$21,932 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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