Help children in El Salvador overcome trauma

by International Brain Education Association (IBREA)
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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
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 ~ 

IBREA

Opening the chest
Opening the chest

In September 2014, IBREA finalized the implementation of the Brain Education curriculum to the second national-level group. The group consisted of 242 participants, grouped by Departments (regions), including principals, teachers, doctors/health workers treating educational staff, and government officials from the Ministry of Education's headquarters in San Salvador.

To date, overall, since the project's start in 2011, approximately 700 people have received the training directly from IBREA, including both adults and students. About 80% of adult participants have been replicating, as agreed with the Ministry of Education, reaching a high number of indirect beneciaries.

The model is seen as a successful case in the UN and among other Central American countries, who are considering its replication in their own public school system.

The data collected is now being evaluated to measure the changes. From their testimonies, there have been many improvements in their lives, some prevented operations, one of the participants stopped her medication for cancer treatment, many participants lost 10 and up to 20 pounds, reducing related health risks like heart problems and ciruclation problems. Emotionally, they report being better able to manage their stress and their interpersonal relations. Many also share they are experiencing better concentration and focus and more clarity to make decisions. 

Enjoy the images of their big effort and their smiles!

Please help us expand to reach more people and make your donation today! If you make it today October 15th, from 9 am to 11:59 pm EST, your donation will be matched by Globalgiving by 30%. It's a great opportunity. Please make this small big action today!

Activating the imagination
Activating the imagination
Opening the chest more!
Opening the chest more!
Healing with magnetic energy
Healing with magnetic energy
Concentration, quieting emotions
Concentration, quieting emotions
Learning about the nervous system
Learning about the nervous system
Teachers replicating the program in their school
Teachers replicating the program in their school
Connecting mind and body
Connecting mind and body
Energy circulation
Energy circulation
Group evaluation
Group evaluation
Medical examination
Medical examination
 

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International Brain Education Association (IBREA)

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

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