Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico

by Crecemos-Desarrollo Integral de la Juventud Oaxaquena,A.C.
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Be a hero for vulnerable children in Mexico
Eating at home
Eating at home

In order for each child to reach their full potential, we need to ensure that in their first years of life they receive, in sufficient quantity and quality, protection, care, affection, nutrition, health, stimulation and learning opportunities, positive interactions and play. Without them, her rights and abilities will be irreversibly affected. In Oaxaca, around 21 out of every 100 children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition (20.7%) and more than a third of children between 1 and 4 years of age suffer from anemia (34.7%). In partnership with CEMEFI and Fundación Soriana, we launched a project to promote healthy eating for children in early childhood from rural communities in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca. The project started with the delivery of 600 green nutritional packages with food orientation guides to 150 children from 0 to 5 years old, a nutritional diagnosis has also been made with anthropometric and hemoglobin measurements to the project participants, workshops have been held on school nutrition education for teachers and parent committees. 35% of children have malnutrition and 15% have anemia. A work has been started to raise awareness among their parents to improve the diet at home and we are pleased to see that they are cooking the recipes with a greater quantity of vegetables and that the children are eating healthily. The project will continue until August, hoping to deliver 1,800 green packages.
Thanks to your support, we may be able to continue working so that children have better opportunities to achieve full development even if they live in adverse contexts. With your support we can feed and nurture their smiles.

Eating at home
Eating at home
Nutritionist measuring hemoglobin
Nutritionist measuring hemoglobin
Delivery of green nutritional packages
Delivery of green nutritional packages
Nutritionist measuring cephalic perimeter
Nutritionist measuring cephalic perimeter
Mother cooking at home
Mother cooking at home
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Students in educational reinforcement classes
Students in educational reinforcement classes

In the month of March, 2 years have passed since the schools closed their doors due to the COVID 19 pandemic, leaving 874,200 basic-level students in the state of Oaxaca without classes. Since then, students have had to face the challenges of distance education, especially those who live in poverty, who lack home internet and a computer to carry out their school activities, they have suffered the most serious academic lag in the history. To the above, we can add the stress that children present, for not being able to respond adequately with their schoolwork, for being left alone at home because their parents have to go out to work, for not having adults to take care of them and help them in their chores, for taking on responsibilities at home and taking care of their siblings.

Faced with this problem, Crecemos DIJO has opened its doors to carry out academic reinforcement activities in person at its different community centers because we want to be a help to children and their parents when they need it most. Despite the fact that the number of infections has been increasing, especially at the beginning of the year, we have not stopped receiving children and helping them with their homework, providing academic tutoring to reinforce school content and continue learning. The children have returned with great academic difficulties, lack of concentration and attention, but with a lot of patience and professionalism, the teachers have helped them overcome these obstacles; We have been able to see the progress they have made. Reading, writing and logical-mathematical thinking have been worked on with them, among other topics.

The damage caused by the pandemic has been of incalculable magnitude, children need our support more than ever, that we do not leave them alone, and Crecemos DIJO with your support is contributing a grain of sand by providing this help to more than 500 girls and children from the state of Oaxaca.

Thanks for your generosity!

Students in educational reinforcement classes
Students in educational reinforcement classes
Students in educational reinforcement classes
Students in educational reinforcement classes
Students in educational reinforcement classes
Students in educational reinforcement classes
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father reading to his son
father reading to his son

During the pandemic, domestic violence derived from the toxic stress suffered by both parents and children has increased. This stress is caused by economic, health and school problems, it has generated a distancing in families, because parents are absent for many hours a day to be able to work or generate income to cover basic household expenses. As a response to this problem, a Reading Strategies program called "stories for the home" was implemented in which, through workshops, mothers and fathers are trained as readers. To date, more than 300 books have been read by 30 families. Thanks to this activity the children have improved their language and communication, they are more confident and capable of expressing their feelings and emotions. Parents have managed to strengthen their educational role, and reading has become a dialogue of love with their children, because many of them have this inability to show feelings and emotions, because they were not educated with love and affection. But being able to take a book and tell a story to your son to sleep, has been a gesture of love that has resulted in a stronger relationship and a healthier coexistence.
During the pandemic, many needs have been revealed, not only economic or material, but also affective, that need for love and affection that children need and need their parents to grant them. Thanks to you, families can be accompanied to live this crisis and remind them that they are not alone and that there is always hope.

Lupita choosing books from the library
Lupita choosing books from the library
Mom in the reading workshop with her son
Mom in the reading workshop with her son
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nutritious meal delivery
nutritious meal delivery

With your support, we can continue to help the families who are suffering the most from the effects of the pandemic. In the community center, we continued working despite the fact that in the first quarter of the year we had a rebound in COVID cases in the country and mainly in the state of Oaxaca.

One of the main objectives we have is that children have adequate nutrition, so that the feeding and nutritional monitoring activities are carried out in person with the necessary hygiene and prevention protocols and, virtual continuity. 1) Delivery of nutritious food: one person in charge per family attended the “María de Guadalupe” Center to receive food portions according to the number of members per household. 2) Personalized consultation and nutritional monitoring: remote nutritional monitoring and counseling measurements face-to-face. 3) Nutrition education: workshops through virtual platforms: Facebook rooms and WhatsApp platform.

The results achieved to date are:

  • 150 children have been benefited with nutritious food
  • 12,000 meals delivered from March to June 2021
  • 82.6% of families show evidence of improving hygiene habits at home
  • 8.8% of the children went from malnutrition to a normal nutritional state

Thank you for being her hero that nurtures her development and her heart.

nutritious meal delivery
nutritious meal delivery
hemoglobin measurement
hemoglobin measurement
weight and height measurement
weight and height measurement
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Beneficiary family
Beneficiary family

For 3 years I joined my family at the María de Guadalupe Community Center. My daughter Cármen asked me to enroll her because her friends from her school told her that they were going to a place where they learned to play guitar, violin, and computers, and my daughter wanted to attend. When I applied for enrollment I was surprised that they also gave other courses such as early stimulation for my 2-year-old daughter Lulú, in addition to the children's dining room and nutritional monitoring, it was actually very complete, something that I could not give my daughters because we are a family humble with little income.
There is so much help we have received that I could not describe it in a few words. My daughter Lulú began to come to her early stimulation classes since she was a baby, that helped her a lot in her development, she learned to crawl, walk, she is a very intelligent and awake girl, she knows the vowels, the colors, she expresses herself very Well, people are surprised that she is very smart for her age and I tell them that it is because in Crecemos DIJO they have helped us, because I, as a mother, have also learned to improve the way I educate my daughters.
My daughter Cármen, is 12 years old, goes to the violin and to computers. As a mother, I feel very satisfied and proud that she knows how to play the violin, because they are very expensive classes that we could not afford and at Crecemos they are free. She, too, already has a lot of computer skills, and that will help her a lot when she goes to high school.
When she entered the dining room she had anemia, for many years she had anemia, the doctors thought it could be a serious illness, because they could not recover. In Crecemos DIJO they supported us with nutritious food, nutritional monitoring, and also so that my daughter could be checked by a pediatrician and made many clinical studies. It was a long and painful process for the family, but thanks to God and Crecemos SAID, my daughter is now well, recovered.
My dream as a mother is that my daughters improve, study, prepare academically, that I can see that they are good people, that they do not go through the same difficulties that we parents go through, I wish a life very different from ours. We grow up. SAID is helping me to fulfill that desire, I see my daughters very different from others, and it is because of everything they receive in this place.
Thank you to all who, with her help, drive our dreams, thank you for being our hero.
Mrs. Irma. Beneficiary of Crecemos DIJO

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Visit at home
Practicing violin at home
Practicing violin at home
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Crecemos-Desarrollo Integral de la Juventud Oaxaquena,A.C.

Location: Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca - Mexico
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