Help children in El Salvador overcome trauma

by International Brain Education Association (IBREA)

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.


Kids connecting mind and body
Kids connecting mind and body
The full group in bloom
The full group in bloom

In June, we carried out an intensive training with selected participants from 2013 and 2014.

76 principals, teachers, health workers came together in a beautiful forest near El Salvador's highest peak, in the area of Chalatenango in the North side of the country. Day and night, they worked so well to find their own problems and heal inside. All participants went through challenging physical and emotional processes to strengthen their health, emotional regulation and clarity of vision. They made groups and practiced creating harmony within the group to become active healing members in their communities. The last day we celebrated their effort, everybody was so joyful and hopeful.

During the next months, until November, they will all train groups of 30 people in their communities, and further to an exam in December, they will be certified as brain education instructors.

This is a very special group, who will be leading the process of creating health, happinness and peace in their communities. 

We also want to share with you that we are now constructing our first brain education training center in El Salvador! It is a refurbished classroom in one of the schools where we've been working since 2012, Joaquin Rodezno. A the heart of the country's capital, this school is a very unique place, where, through brain education training, the principal (Gloria), teachers and students have led a process of transforming the whole school atmosphere and culture in 3 years. We are now fundraising to help them remake the floor, the windows, paint, change the cealing and install air conditioning, among other changes. Tehy will also need a projector and a music system for their training. Other than the school members, this center will serve as a space for training for other schools' teachers as well as for the parents of the students, who are mostly street vendors around the area.

Thank you always for your support. We will continue sharing the good news as we go.

Please make your donation today and continue being a part of this beautiful process of healing and creation!

Blind walking. Trust your senses!
Blind walking. Trust your senses!
Group work
Group work
Sharing experience
Sharing experience

On December 19, 2014, a new group of over 200 beneficiaries, including principals of schools, teachers, and doctors taking care of educator's health, was certified by IBREA. All of them are replicating the program. This was a prerequisite before getting certified. Two principals gave their testimony, it was so touching to hear from them how the program has changed their lives and their schools. By learning and practicing to manage their emotions and stress and to focus inside to find solutions to their problems, they are feeling more healthy, stable, and productive and creative in their context. Some of the participants have also started going outside their school and teaching other principals of schools in their communities. The replication is happening in a very natural way, because the participants experienced the changes in themsevles first, so they passionately want to share what they learned in order to benefit others.

IBREA discussed with the Ministry of Education a sustainability plan for the future. In 3 years, it is planned for the government and the Salvadorian community to take full ownership of the process of expanding brain education to all the schools in the country. This is a big step! Please keep supporting them in the process until it become sustainable. Your help is what is making it possible for them to take full responsibility afterwards, which is the ultimate goal.

The certifying event included a presenation of the research results by a local doctor from the Instituto Salvadoreño de Bienestar Magisterial (ISBM), one of the project's partners. The results show a statistically significant decrease in weight (72% of participants), body mass index (64% of participants) and blood pressure (41%). At the emotional-social level, the research results show a big decrease in accute stress, emotional fatigue, and depersonalization, and an improvement in school climate, self-efficacy and self-realization.

Everybody celebrated the results of this collective effort and commited to continue supporting the process as IBREA starts with a new group in 2015. Enjoy the pictures!

Please make an End-of-the-Year donation and gift to this meaningful project that is greatly changing the atmosphere and results in the El Salvador education system, giving new hope and strength to a population that has suffered too much for too long.

Thank you always ~ 



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International Brain Education Association (IBREA)

Location: New York - USA
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Project Leader:
Isabel Guzman
New York, NY United States

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