Project #3788

Help 455 At-Risk Children in Mexico Stay in School

by Fundacion EDUCA Mexico
Nov 23, 2009

Essential Services for Preschoolers to Stay in School!

Teacher Aurelia Guerrero reads a story to her class.
Teacher Aurelia Guerrero reads a story to her class.

Thank you very much for your generous support! Your donations have allowed us to continue supporting at-risk children with services that encourage them to stay and succeed in school. 65.9% of them come from families with monthly incomes between 77 USD and 230 USD. Therefore, these services make a significant impact in their daily lives.

“I really like to come to school because I make many friends and I like to study and eat” – Fernando Tafolla Ponce, Five-Year- Old Benefited Preschooler

Meals SEDAC’s Pre-School provides balanced breakfast and lunch for its 455 students. Each month, the School serves an average of 3,285 breakfasts and 5,645 lunches. The nutrition program has now been complemented with medical monitoring of each child’s height and weight. As a result, school staff make sure that children who are underweight or who suffer malnutrition consume the necessary intake of food. In addition, their parents are being informed of their child’s growth and the school has invited a nutritionist to offer them advice to follow at home.

School Supplies This Pre-School has a teaching staff of 18. They use teaching material to stimulate the Pre-Schoolers’ five senses focusing on personal and social development, language and oral communication, artistic expression, and exploration and knowledge of their surroundings. Your donations have supported the maintenance of their computer lab, and the purchase of school supplies such as different types of paper, coloring pencils, paint, scissors, wooden sticks, straws, seeds, magazines, balls and balloons. These supplies, along with those available in the school, aid in the development of their fine motor skills, communication and memory.

Psychological Services Psychological attention is mainly provided for students whose disorders affect their integrity and cause poor academic performance. Many of their problems stem from their family’s problems at home; therefore, their families also receive guidance. During October 2009, 37 children and their parents received therapy to address learning disabilities, adjustment and behavioral problems, and speech therapy. Each child continues to receive therapy and guidance as long as necessary.

Parenting classes 52.83% of their parents list elementary or middle school as their highest level of schooling. As a result, they lack the skills to support their children with school related matters and personal development. With the donations that have been received, the school has been able to provide Parenting Classes. The school psychologist gives speeches about family values, parenting skills, and habits that their children are being encouraged to adopt, for instance, using a fork and knife to eat. As a result, parents become co-educators at home who reinforce the teachers’ work and their children’s accomplishments.

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Best regards,

The Fundación EDUCA México Team

Cardboard & clay volcanoes “erupt” with vinegar and baking soda.
Cardboard & clay volcanoes “erupt” with vinegar and baking soda.
Preschoolers enjoy their balanced lunch.
Preschoolers enjoy their balanced lunch.

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Fundación EDUCA México
Mexico, D.F., Distrito Federal Mexico

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