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Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families

by Mayama A.C.
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Empower Highly Outcast Children and Their Families
Workshop Compromise&Responsibility. Moms sharing
Workshop Compromise&Responsibility. Moms sharing

The last quarter of 2013, it was a good time to celebrate the traditional Christmas season with our children and Mayama families as well as months of progress and achievements in daily operation. In our Day Centre, The Back to School Program (BSP) managed to reinsert 6 street condition children into School.  . According to the annual report by UNICEF (2012); in Mexico 13.20% of children between 3 and 17 years, are out of school (6 million). Of these, which also work (and do not attend school) are 1, 173, 000. In this regard, it is important that programs as BSP continue, because “school dropout” is a common consequence in a context of lacks of educational, health and cultural opportunities that children of Mayama Struggle. We are very proud to tell you that 100% of Mayama´s Children are street free and back to school thanks to the innovative education model. 

Regarding the Day Center which develops Skills in 5 areas, we celebrate a HUGE achievement. With the support of Hewlett Packard Mexico and its employees, Mayama has new computer equipment that helps to works special educational methodologies in this area. “I THINK” develops cognitive skills to receive information, analyze it and solve problems. One way to achieve this is from a fun and educational software. Thank you very much to all the people through Global Giving who believe in this project.

 Parallel to that, we continue with the Community Program for children’s families of Mayama. In this quarter, one of the most important workshops was "Compromise and Responsibility". In this workshop we guide to moms in order to identify their dreams, and then, these dreams could turn them into goals and look for ways to accomplish them with a firm compromise. All this work was both, individually and collective where moms shared their stories and experience with each other.

 To end the year and celebrate Christmas season, we made a great “posada” (that is a traditional celebration in Mexico). It was especially for 180 children and their families, about 700 people. In January, we had a special delivery of toys for our children. It was a special time, not only to celebrate Christmas, but to close a successful year and receive a 2014 full of challenges and growth for Mayama. In this regard, we would like to share with you that in this month; we begin the “Coaching Phase” for children who have completed their process in Mayama for 3 years.

 What does this mean?, Is a special process to support the boys and girls who met at least 80% attendance, to receive scholarships to continue School, Evidence shows they are free of addictions, girls are free of early pregnancy, they are people who shows peaceful behavior to themselves and others, they build an audiovisual project with issues related to their community (problem statement and proposed to solve it) and have finally managed to design a life plan.

We believe that every child who comes to Mayama should have a specific life plan, in order to put into practice outside, all knowledge learned in the Day Center. We are very proud that 28 children of Mayama start the Coaching Phase to reproduce all the lessons learned, and become leaders in their own communities. We are very happy to launch this new phase, and at the same time, we can welcome new children that need the support of Mayama immediately.

Thank you very much for believing in Mayama!

Would you like to support one of our children in Coaching Phase? 

Mayama's children&team with Hewlett Packard team
Mayama's children&team with Hewlett Packard team
Using for the 1st time our new computer equipment
Using for the 1st time our new computer equipment
"Posada": traditional celebration in Mexico
"Posada": traditional celebration in Mexico
Toys for our children on Christmas celebration
Toys for our children on Christmas celebration
The 28 children who start Coaching Phase.
The 28 children who start Coaching Phase.
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Resilience workshop with Mayama families.
Resilience workshop with Mayama families.

On this occasion, we are pleased to share the results of the last three months and tell you about two special events that are part of our Philosophy of Transparency: 1) the results report (activities during 2012) to our community and 2) to our donors. Regarding the daily operation of our Day Centre, the last three months have had great results for the Back to School Program (PRE for this acronym in Spanish), which managed to reinsert 40 children in the Regular School System (6 August, 25 September and 9 October). This is an important achievement if we remember that the current population treated at our Day Centre is 180 children, we are talking about almost a quarter (25 % approx.)

In reference to the importance of developing skills in 5 areas in our Day Centre, during July and August our Mayama kids participated in a Summer Course with the children of the Agentia employees (an alliance with Mayama AC). This was in order to share knowledge and feedback and also show the lessons learned between two different children’s perspectives of learning. We ended this enriching experience of the year's activities in the Day Centre with a clown show, which ended happily uniting these groups of children. In addition, as a complement to our educational program, the Hewlett Packard Volunteers delivered 180 schoolbags with school supplies to support our children and as a motivation to start the next school year with lots of energy.

Returning from the bye week, the Day Centre resumed its activities with Yoga for Children. This time with an innovative course called: “Dermo Optical Perception” (“Dermovisión” in Spanish). This technique aims to develop the mental abilities latent in human nature. It deals with the development of color perception through the skin. This mechanism is through the brain and nervous system. It is impressive what our Mayama Children are achieving.

Another workshop we can not fail to mention is the resilience workshop with our children, which is to develop the ability to face adversity (tragedy, threats, severe stress) and to overcome these through going through the process of feeling pain or emotional distress. From this they learn a lot and even emerge stronger from these events. Parallel to the Day Centre, this workshop was part of the Community Program, which took place with Mayama Families in 8 sessions, also working on personal and family strengths.

As a Non Governmental Organization, we are proud to share the Transparency and Institutional recognition (optimal level) for the second consecutive year, granted by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI for this acronym in spanish). Among the aspects considered for this award are: compliance with legal and tax provisions established for NGO’s, transparency in the use of resources, and to have a sustainable and efficient organizational structure, as well as others. This is  an important point because only 14 associations in Jalisco obtained it.

In respect of our philosophy of transparency it is our duty to inform the general public, families and all the people who support the project about the results, developments and innovations that are obtained year by year in Mayama A.C. In this sense, on October 6th, we had our third report to the Community, attended by 70 of the 89 Mayama families.  Among laughing, integration dynamics and words of thanks, we could see that Mayama transforms realities and that it is well worth supporting this kind of project.

Finally, on the third anniversary celebration of our opening Day Centre Mayama October 30th we will have a special event to share the results of all of 2012 with our donors, volunteers and all of the institutions involved. To all our friends at Global Giving we also want to invite you to witness the changes that brought support.  Furthermore if they are not able to attend, we will be sharing the details of our next report in January.

Would you like to find out about our Day centre?. Get in touch.

Dermo Optical Perception Course for Mayama Kids
Dermo Optical Perception Course for Mayama Kids
October 6th, report to the community
October 6th, report to the community
Transparency and Institutional recognition
Transparency and Institutional recognition
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Planting the seed of generosity
Planting the seed of generosity

Mayama is a NGO (Non Governmental Organization) based in Guadalajara, Mexico that supports 180 children and their families in highly marginalized, violence, abuse, exclusion and/or Risk Street situation. Thanks to the daily operation of our Day Centre, these children and their families develop skills for assertive decision-making in order to improve their quality of life and overcome the difficulties of their environment by themselves.

This educational model continues with the Back to School Program (PRE for this acronym in Spanish), which in the last three months and thanks to all the support of the donors, managed to reinsert 6 children into the Regular School System. This translates in 1344 hours street free annually.

In the other hand, as a part of our educational model in 5 areas of development, two workshops were held: the first was Yoga for kids with 12 sessions in two groups. The children learned concentration, focusing, breathing techniques and relaxation postures. The second one was a leadership workshop. This last, was performed simultaneously with the Community Program with the children´s mothers. The main objective was to develop skills for a better communication, decision making, negotiation and teamwork in their families and their community.

We are very happy to communicate that we started our Green Roof in our Day Centre.!! This process involves learning techniques of cultivation and care of various plants and seeds in small boxes. Initially, Earth Box Company trained the team of the institution; however, as a second phase is planned to share this knowledge with children and families to promote the auto-consumption of healthy and organic vegetables and spices.

We have an evaluation and research area that helps us measure the effectiveness of our program and improve our daily processes. This area did a comparative study between children that are users of Mayama educational model (group 1) and those who are not users yet (group 2). Both, with the same features and considering one year permanence in the program, the results tell us that while group 1 recovered 0 .43 years of maturity age, children in group 2 without Mayama, lost 0.31 years.

Regarding our non violence philosophy and education strategies of measuring " peaceful behavior” and “violent behavior”, we also concluded that there is a significant trend: for each year of permanence in Mayama program, acts of “peaceful behavior” significantly overcome acts of “violent behavior”. Thus, we can emphasize the importance of this kind care and prevention program with long-term results.

Finally, we would like to share with you some activities of people who help us build a more conscious society. Children, parents and teachers from the T. Jefferson College and Koala College, joined  the "Campaign of piglets" which consisted not only in raising funds for Mayama, but on the construction of a social conscience in these kids, by sharing the experience with Mayama´s  children and by planting the seed of generosity represented in this tree.

To all of them and  to you, Mayama´s staff, families, children and board members thank you for your support.

What would you like to tell the children of Mayama? We would be very interested in your feedback and we would make sure to give your message to all of our children and community in Mexico.

Please do come anytime to visit us!

Kids joined  the "Campaign of piglets"
Kids joined the "Campaign of piglets"
Yoga for Mayama kids
Yoga for Mayama kids
Green Roof in Mayama Day Centre
Green Roof in Mayama Day Centre
Leadership workshop with the childrens mothers
Leadership workshop with the childrens mothers
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Green team
Green team

Creativity has been a very important part of our work this year. Mayama children participated with Mrs. Rosa Murillo in UNESCO’s “Mexico, art and time” publication, titled “Identity, environmental care and human values”. The results were fantastic and consisted of several paintings, in which the children were able to express their ideas.
This trimester has also been very important in terms of ecology and environmental awareness. The children have been working on 'green walls'. This term refers to plastic bottles that hang from top to bottom, filled with soil in which the children plant seeds and take care of them. This develops empathy, a sense of responsibility and at the same time enhances the oxygen in our Day Centre and to their houses as well, because each boy/girl made their own green wall to take home.
At the same time, we have been working in the community with weekly workshops in which 30 moms learned how to develop vegetable patches and compost areas. This is important because in this way, they can have healthy food and save money at the same time. They also participated in another workshop to prevent risks and accidents.
In our 'Back to School' program, 7 children are now assisting regularly at school, and we’re about to put the 13 children left forward to achieve the 100% of our first group (20 children) studying.
In the emotional field, the main topic has been self esteem, working with art (masks) to recognize their own strength and their partner’s. In social development, the children are working on their family tree, mainly focused on the professions they have devoted to, in order to analyze whether if they want to do the same or consider other options.
With your support, you give this children and families the chance to have a better future!

Skills for life
Skills for life
Mayama painted by the children and Rosa
Mayama painted by the children and Rosa
Promoting good habits
Promoting good habits
Mayama mom planting
Mayama mom planting
HP volunteers sharing their knowledge with us!
HP volunteers sharing their knowledge with us!
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Democracy
Democracy

The end of a wonderful year  

2012 was a great year for Mayama. Our number of beneficiaries grew from 120 children in 2011 to 190 in 2012. This means also 15 more families in our Family Intervention Program, reaching to 95. We also had the first Volunteer Day in which 40 of our dads came on a Sunday to paint their children’s day Centre.  
In this last trimester we included a new methodology in our Physical Development Area called AMAYS. This is, martial arts with special focus in self-control and will development toward goals. In parallel of the cognitive area, we started the Back to School Program, with 20 children that have never been to school. In Expression one of our children won third place in the “Engrane de Matracas” painting contest and in Social development our children experienced democracy through their vote in the first elections with the parties they formed (we had elections in Mexico that year).  
As another accomplishment, our Education Team has given Lupita (and another 5 children) the opportunity to have an identity. She is a 12 year old girl that didn’t have a birth certificate; therefore she had no other rights, like education, health services, etcetera.  
In terms of professionalism, we achieved the maximum level of transparency and resources management by the Mexican Philanthropy Centre (CEMEFI) and this is for us an opportunity to thank our donors for their confidence. We are now taking a path of constant evaluation, beginning with the children's improvements, and from the team as well, and also a commitment to share our results with both donors and beneficiaries (families).

You can be part of this beautiful mission!

Engrane de Matracas
Engrane de Matracas
Engrane de Matracas 2
Engrane de Matracas 2
AMAYS
AMAYS
Registered Mayama girl
Registered Mayama girl
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Mayama A.C.

Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco - Mexico
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Monica Varela
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Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico
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