Children  Mexico Project #19664

Health and education for children in Chiapas

by Melel Xojobal A.C. Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


We will provide early stimulation and nutritional attention for indigenous girls and boys between 0 and 4 years of age, of limited resources and in high risk situations. With the project we seek to contribute to a healthy development of the cognitive and physical functions. Also, we will provide them with birth certificates and help them to enroll in preschool.

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The first stage of life is crucial for the development of physical and mental functions. Chiapas is the state with the second highest rate of malnutrition and associated diseases. More than 20% of children less than 6 years old dont have a birth certificate, leaving them unable to exercise other rights like education and access to health services. 41% of the children in Chiapas between 3 and 5 years old do not attend preschool, decreasing the probability of attending primary school.


The Early Childhood team runs the 'Arrumacos' nursery, as well as carrying out activities with parents. The nursery team provides care for 30 children at a time, who attend from 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday, administering educational activities as well as a cooked breakfast and lunch with dietary supplements if necessary. The nursery ensures a safe and caring environment for the children to develop and learn, and allows their nutrition and health to be monitored.

Long-Term Impact

Annually, 30 boys and girls between 0 and 4 years old will: a) attain motor skills and nutritional development in accordance with their age; b) attain the verbal, written, and physical skills for expression in accordance with their age; c) integrate their cognitive abilities and other skills in accordance with their age and; d) strengthen their self-esteem and identity. Also, we will help obtain birth certificates for 100 indigenous children annually.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Melel Xojobal A.C.

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @melelxojobal
Project Leader:
Ayelén Amigo
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas Mexico
$3,851 raised of $5,000 goal
66 donations
$1,149 to go
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