Dear Friend of Global Giving;
"[...] First of all, I had an emotional change. In the past, I was very impulsive and I could not be with anyone, I was very grumpy and very loud [...] here in Mayama, they taught me about emotions. At least, the most important ones. And in my psychological aspect and I already think differently, I think further. I think not tiny, but big. I can already think more than other people. My friends, sometimes I think I'm more mature than them, thanks to Mayama" (Alex, Mayama Child).
He is Alex, a Mayama boy that we met when he was 11 years old. He is now 14 and is in Phase Change Agent. He ended Skills Program in 5 areas of the Day Centre ( I think, I feel, I express myself, I relate with others and I act). He had from 2010 to 2013 80 % attendance and now he continues his studies in the Regular School (He is in 8th grade). He also has an amazing academic trajectory been recognized twice for participating in a state Math Olympiad.
Regarding to his family, there is more ability to communicate and support each other in difficult situations. There is an increase of dialogue over the violence between Alex and his dad. In his plan of life, Alex wants to study Science (Mathematics) and now in Phase Change Agent Mayama he can continue with their goals, dreams and projects.
Thanks to the support of Global Giving donors, Alex continues in this phase that includes: 1) Individual sessions with support from a professional Coach, 2) group sessions, 3) Monitoring the family sessions, 4) Volunteer Program and 5) And a monthly scholarship of 400 (Mexican pesos) to continue studying (especially spent in things related to their education: teaching materials, haircut, shoes, uniforms, etc.). Thank you all.
We are very proud to conclude the trust phase (6 months), intensive phase ( 2 ½ years ) and simultaneously start the phase change agent (one year) with this first generation of 80 children who show that the model Mayama works. Also, we are attending to another generation of 90 children that continue in the intensive phase and we are currently selecting new 130 children and 70 families Mayama in order to start the program in August 2014: Children in our Day Centre and Families in the Community Program.
We believe that Mayama Educational Platform works, we believe the best way to overcome the conditions of violence and marginalization is the alternative education that allows users (children and families) to think about their environment and find ways to overcome it.
This time, we want to share our institutional philosophy. We call it "the Mayama creed."
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