Help children in El Salvador overcome trauma

by International Brain Education Association (IBREA)
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Last Monday, we had to say our fond farewells to Grecia! She went back to El Salvador after a two-month long experience in New York City.

She stayed with us in Harlem and worked hard for us in the office! Thanks to our interconnected world, she could keep checking in with all our participants in El Salvador on their progress, while at the same time venturing into our projects in the US.  She helped us with the January World Peace Leadership Program, making sure that everything ran smoothly and that everyone was well taken care of.

Grecia started volunteering for IBREA FOUNDATION in El Salvador over 3 years ago. One day, she showed up in our teachers’ class in San Salvador. We were surprised to see a 16-year old smiley freckled face among the crowd! Her mom, who works at the Ministry of Education, thought she could really benefit from the program. She was lacking motivation, felt disoriented and confused. Since that day, she has been with IBREA and has not wasted a day to develop her great potential. In 2014, she even joined us as we pioneered in Costa Rica.

Here is what she wants to share with you!

“I discovered with this program just how much potential I have and how much I can offer to the world. I realize that even the smallest actions I take will have an impact. If I just do my best and trust myself, anything I do can create change. I trained my heart and mind, as well as my gut and body, and I developed the courage to try many things that I’ve never done before. I learned that if you just try and have the courage to do something, then you will realize that nothing is fixed and you can do many things in many different ways to get the results that you want.”

We hope she can be an inspiration to all of you. 

Thank you so much for your support to our project in El Salvador always. Grecia's participation in our annual World Peace Leadership program in New York was very meaningful. It helped her open her mind and fill herself with energy to do wider and deeper work with our current and future participants in El Salvador.

More soon on what that 2017 brings to El Salvador! We are working on a campaign on "Mental Wellbeing for Families" to support our students and teachers' families to keep up with their own holistic training and grow healthier, happier and more peaceful together as a community. 

New IBREA campaign!
New IBREA campaign!

Over the past two months, the IBREA team has been sharing a new self-healing tool all around the country, with +500 participants! 

Spread out in the 14 departments of El Salvador, these +500 new participants are receiving IBREA's full curriculum and enhancing their practice with this new tool, called Healing Life. It provides an opportunity for deeper benefits, including the improvement of the inmmune system, digestive tract, blood circulation and other physical benefits, while generating the production of serotonine and dopanime, the "happy hormones", and increaseing awareness and concentration. 

Participants have reported many benefits in themselves, their families and their school community. Teachers and principals who participated in IBREA's training in 2012 to 2015 have joined us this year and are assisting our training while they keep replicating to more groups. This is how the program has become self-sustainable and keeps impacting a larger amount of people! 

Last week, the new +500 participants have all been providing a replication of the program in their school and community. The replication of the program is an intrinsic part of their learning, and a necessary component to become certified by IBREA at the end of the year. Next week, we will hold national exams and in mid-December we'll have a nation-wide conference, where they will receive their certificates.

Thank you for your continued support to El Salvador! In 5 years, we have gone a long way with your invaluable help.

Please take an action in this beautiful Thanksgiving holiday week and contribute to this amazing cause that makes our world brighter and brighter!

Muchas gracias!

Grecia and Laura participated in our recent World Peace Leadership program, and represented El Salvador at our Youth Mental Wellbeing Conference at the United Nations.

Laura has been participating in our program in El Salvador since 2011. Since then, she maintains a strong mindset and will to keep overcoming obstacles and grow. You can see more details about her story in our project "Send Laura to College". Grecia, a student at the National University of El Salvador, has been receiving our program since 2013 and has been volunteering for us since then. At the young age of 18, she takes care of many of our teacher participants in El Salvador, communicates with government counterparts, and helped start up our program in Costa Rica in 2014.

They are both exemplary students of our program and an inspiration to other young participants from around the world. As such, they took part in our World Peace Leadership program this past July 30th to August 5th, and developed their leadership skills at the global level.

Laura also provided her testimony at the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber on August 3rd. In a room packed with over 600 people, including many NYU and Columbia University students, she shared her story of determination and strength growing up in one of the poorest and most violent areas of San Salvador, and making it to University. She stood proud as a living example of the power of mental wellbeing and positivity. 

IBREA recently signed the extension of its Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of El Salvador and plans many activities from August to December 2016 in the country. We'll keep you posted!

Thank you always for your support to our program in El Salvador. 

Hello supporters of IBREA El Salvador!

We recently visited El Salvador to have discussions with all our parterns in the country: the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs as well as ISBM (Institute for Educator's Wellbeing). We negotiated the terms of our work in 2016 and took the opportunity to meet all the IBREA coordinators from the different 14 Departments in the country. We also met Laura, who is doing great in University and helping IBREA activities.

We have exciting 2016 plans to share with you, including the establishment of an IBREA training and research center in San Salvador, and developing research indicators to measure our program's contribution to the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in the country. We will also provide Instructor Training to 300 teachers who are part of the Government's Capacity Building program for Teachers, and are meant to be mentors for other teachers.

After five years of IBREA's presence in El Salvador, there are over 1,000 educators certified by IBREA and they are ready to take more ownership and make the program sustainable. The long term goal is to increse the impact of IBREA's work on reducing violence and improving socio-economic conditions in the communities where we have been working - through the growth and increased confidence of individuals receiving the program.

Please keep being a part of this process and make your donation today! We need a lot of support, especially to establish the Center in San Salvador.

Thank you so much.

Kids feeling energy
Kids feeling energy

Dear donors,

10% of El Salvador public schools are replicating our program! Leading principals and teachers are using their IBREA certification to create health, happinness and peace in their schools and in the wider community. Some are teaching their families, others are teaching in their chruch community, others are gathering all the principals in their school district and sharing the benefits of our curriculum. Teachers who received the program from participating principals are also teaching kids in the classroom and seeing improved behavior as well as academic performance.

Next week, IBREA will travel to El Salvador and do a nation-wide exam to over 1,000 teachers who have received the program from principals or teachers who received it from us in 2013 and 2014.

We'll keep you posted! Thank you always for your invaluable support.

The end of the year is approaching. Please keep IBREA in your heart and make a tax-deductible donation!

The program in El Salvador is a model at the global level and will be presented in our upcoming conference in the United Nations on January 12th.

IBREA

Kids connecting mind and body
Kids connecting mind and body
 

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International Brain Education Association (IBREA)

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.ibreafoundation.org
Project Leader:
Isabel Guzman
New York, NY United States

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