Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic

by Centro Creativo y de Reinsercion Mi Valedor
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Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Help Mexico City's homeless during the pandemic
Sales opportunities for our beneficiaries
Sales opportunities for our beneficiaries

These last four months have been full of activities for the benefit of those who have less. Our alliances with various institutions, the donation days, the accompaniment in legal processes, as well as the production of tools to generate an income have been possible thanks to you. Thank you very much for your valuable donation! We tell you what we have done. // Estos últimos cuatro meses han sido de muchas actividades en beneficio de quienes menos tienen. Nuestras alianzas con diversas instituciones, las jornadas de entrega de donativos, el acompañamiento  en procesos legales, así como la producción de herramientas para que generen un ingreso han sido posibles gracias a ti. ¡Muchas gracias por tu valioso donativo! Te contamos lo que hemos hecho.

  • Sales opportunities for our beneficiaries // 1. Oportunidades de venta para nuestros beneficiarios

 

We continue working to promote a healthy environment and work tools for the beneficiaries of our project: the valedores. Their participation in design bazaars and book fairs in cultural spaces is fundamental for their reintegration processes and is possible thanks to your donation. In recent months we were part of events in spaces such as the Alameda Central, Reforma avenue,  Huerto Roma Verde and the Monument to the Revolution. // Continuamos trabajando para promover un entorno sano y herramientas de trabajo para los beneficiarios de nuestro proyecto: los valedores. Su participación en bazares de diseño y ferias de libro en espacios culturales es fundamental para sus procesos de reinserción y es posible gracias a tu donativo. En estos últimos meses fuimos parte de eventos en espacios como la Alameda Central, Avenida Reforma, el Huerto Roma Verde y el Monumento a la Revolución.

  • Art and culture as a pathway to reintegration // 2. El arte y la cultura como un camino para la reinserción

 

The beneficiaries of our project continue to generate skills and new tools of expression through our training workshops. Thanks to them, they have been able to create pieces that have been exhibited in contemporary art fairs such as Clavo and in a space as representative of Mexico City as the Metro. Vaya, vaya Tacubaya is our first collective exhibition in a public space, and it is presented in the Tacubaya subway of the Metro of Mexico City Collective Transportation System. Let's go for more! // Los beneficiarios de nuestro proyecto continúan generando habilidades y nuevas herramientas de expresión a través de nuestros talleres formativos. Gracias a ellos, han podido crear piezas que se expusieron en ferias de arte contemporáneo como Clavo y en un espacio tan representativo de la Ciudad de México como lo es el Metro. Vaya, vaya Tacubaya es nuestra primera exposición colectiva en un espacio público, y se presenta en el metro Tacubaya del Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro de la Ciudad de México. ¡Vamos por más! 

  • Dialogue with the government and other organizations to promote change. // 3. Diálogo con el gobierno y otras organizaciones para promover un cambio

 

Our participation in congresses and meetings with important actors in the social and political panorama of Mexico City has allowed us to propose actions in favor of the most unprotected. Thanks to your support we are able to manage our presence in spaces where we discuss ways of accompanying people in street situations through new legislation and policies in which our experience is taken into account. // Nuestra participación en congresos y reuniones con actores importantes del panorama social y político de la Ciudad de México nos ha facilitado proponer acciones en favor de los más desprotegidos. Gracias a tu apoyo podemos gestionar nuestra presencia en espacios donde se discuten formas de acompañar a personas en situación de calle a través de nuevas legislaciones y políticas en las que nuestra experiencia es muy tomada en cuenta.

  • New printed issue! // 4. ¡Nuevo número impreso!

 

For the beneficiaries of our project it is essential to have a tool that allows them to generate an income. Thanks to your constant support, we obtained the necessary funds to print a new issue of Mi Valedor magazine: number 28, which deals with water issues in the populations of Mexico City and its surroundings. This new issue triggered parallel outreach activities with the general public such as an exhibition, two presentations and many sales events for the benefit of the Valedores. // Para los beneficiarios de nuestro proyecto es fundamental contar con una herramienta que les permita generar un ingreso. Gracias a tu apoyo constante, obtuvimos los fondos necesarios para imprimir el tiraje de una nueva revista Mi Valedor: la número 28 que aborda las problemáticas del agua en las poblaciones de la Ciudad de México y sus alrededores. Este nuevo número detonó actividades paralelas de vinculación con público en general como una exposición, dos presentaciones y muchos eventos de venta en beneficio de los valedores.

 

  •  Donations of personal hygiene items for homeless people. // 5. Donativos de artículos de higiene personal para personas en situación de calle

 

We were able to gather a large number of people who donated personal hygiene items for people in vulnerable situations. Through several tours, we delivered them to points in Mexico City where homeless people, sex workers, abandoned elderly people and other priority groups are concentrated. // Logramos convocar a un gran número de personas que donaron artículos de higiene personal para personas en situación de vulnerabilidad. A través de varios recorridos los hicimos llegar a puntos de la Ciudad de México donde se concentran poblaciones en situación de calle, trabajadores sexuales, adultos de la tercera edad en abandono y otros grupos prioritarios.

  • Services and support in legal processes // 6. Servicios y apoyo en procesos legales

 

Many of our beneficiaries do not have the resources or means to access such basic processes as obtaining an identification document or an eye exam. With your support it has been possible to continue our alliances with health companies and government institutions for their benefit. // Muchos de nuestros beneficiarios no tienen recursos ni medios para acceder a procesos tan básicos como tramitar un documento de identificación o un examen de la vista. Con tu apoyo ha sido posible continuar nuestras alianzas con empresas de salud e instituciones gubernamentales en beneficio de ellos.

Art and culture as a pathway to reintegration
Art and culture as a pathway to reintegration
Dialogue with the government and other organizatio
Dialogue with the government and other organizatio
New printed issue!
New printed issue!
Donations of personal hygiene items for homeless
Donations of personal hygiene items for homeless
Services and support in legal processes
Services and support in legal processes

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Our beneficiaries. Nuestros beneficiarios.
Our beneficiaries. Nuestros beneficiarios.

Dear donor:

In these 4 months, we have managed to bring wellness to the most unprotected sectors of Mexico City, and everything has been possible thanks to your donation. Let’s go for more!

What did we achieve in this quarter?

We organized health prevention campaigns

Working together with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Condesa Medical Clinic and the Medic laboratory ChektAhora, we carried out health prevention campaigns, where influenza vaccines were applied to street populations, as well as tests for the detection of HIV, syphilis, glucose tests and blood pressure measurements.

We carry out vaccination days at Casa Frida and Casa Lázaro, places where support is provided to people from the LGBTTIQ+ community and homeless people, respectively.

2021’s closure, thanksgiving to our allies and beneficiaries

We organized an event together with U-Storage as a token of appreciation for our closest collaborators, as well as for the Valedores; we projected documentaries made by journalism students from the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey, where the stories of the Valedores are told.

Lazos, documentary film

In Lazos, it is narrated what it means to be a Valedor in the words of the Valedores themselves, we find images of the art and photography exhibition that the Valedores set up at the end of 2021. 

Workshops and cultural tour are back

With the pandemic giving way more and more, we have begun to resume workshops and museum tours with the Valedores. Thanks to the workshop given by PROEmpleo, the Valedores have received tools to better manage their personal finances. Likewise, we made visits to the Photography Archive Museum, where it was possible to learn more about the history of local markets and Mexican photojournalism.

Both activities provide the Valedores with new useful knowledge for their domestic economy, as well as for the memory and recognition of the historical value of the city they inhabit.

We participated in local bazaars

Once again, we were present in bazaars that seek to encourage local, independent and sustainable commerce within Mexico City. The Valedores participated in the Itinerant Local Bazaar in 2 of its editions.

We reaffirmed this space as one of well-being and healthy coexistence 

Carrying out dynamics such as the Rosca de Reyes, on the occasion of Día de los Reyes Magos, and the resumption of the Valedores Saturdays, giving a guided meditation workshop, we reaffirm ourselves as a space where the Valedores can function freely, under an approach that seeks enhance their comprehensive development.

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Querido donante:

Estos cuatro meses hemos logrado llevar bienestar y salud a los sectores más desprotegidos de la Ciudad de México. Y todo ha sido posible gracias a tu donativo. ¡Vamos por más!

¿Qué alcanzamos en este cuatrimestre?

Organizamos campañas de prevención para la salud

En conjunción con la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, la Clínica Condesa y el Laboratorio ChektAhora, realizamos campañas de prevención para la salud, en donde se aplicaron vacunas para la influenza en poblaciones callejeras, así como pruebas para la detección de VIH, sífilis, exámenes de glucosa y tomas de presión.

Igualmente, llevamos a cabo jornadas de vacunación en Casa Frida y Casa Lázaro, quienes laboran con personas de la comunidad LGBTTIQ+ y personas en situación de calle, respectivamente.

Cerramos 2021 dando gracias a nuestros beneficiarios y aliados

Organizamos un evento junto con U-Storage como muestra de agradecimiento para nuestros más cercanos colaboradores, como también para los Valedores; proyectamos documentales realizados por estudiantes de la carrera de periodismo del Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, donde se relatan las historias de los valedores.

Documental Lazos

En Lazos se narra sobre lo que siginifica ser un valedor en palabras de los propios valedores, encontramos imágenes de la exposición de arte y fotografía que montaron los Valedores a finales de 2021.

Volvieron los talleres y recorridos culturales

Con la pandemia cediendo cada vez más, hemos comenzado a retomar talleres y recorridos en museos con los Valedores. Gracias al taller impartido por PROEmpleo, los Valedores han recidibido herramientas para tener un mejor manejo de sus finanzas personales. Asímismo, realizamos visitas al Museo Archivo de Fotografía, donde se pudo conocer más acerca de la historia de los mercados locales y del fotoperiodismo mexicano.

Ambas actividades proveen a los Valedores de nuevos conocimientos útiles tanto para su economía doméstica, como para la memoria y reconocimiento del valor histórico de la ciudad que habitan.

Presencia en bazares

Nuevamente nos hicimos presentes en bazares que buscan incentivar el comercio local, independiente y sustentable dentro de la Ciudad de México. Los Valedores participaron en el Bazar Local Itinerante en 2 de sus ediciones.

Reafirmamos este espacio como uno de bienestar y sana convivencia

Realizando dinámicas como la partida de rosca, con motivo del Día de Reyes, y la reanudación de los Sábados de Valedores, impartiendo un taller de meditación guiada, nos reafirmamos como un espacio en donde los Valedores pueden desenvolverse con libertad, bajo un enfoque que busca potencializar su desarrollo integral.

Health and vaccination. Salud y vacunacion
Health and vaccination. Salud y vacunacion
Influenza vaccination. Vacunacion contra influenza
Influenza vaccination. Vacunacion contra influenza
Workshops and training. Talleres y capacitaciones
Workshops and training. Talleres y capacitaciones
Museum visits. Visitas a museos.
Museum visits. Visitas a museos.

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The most important Book Fair in Mexico City
The most important Book Fair in Mexico City

Dear Donor. 

We would like to begin by thanking you. 2021 has been a challenging year, yet it has been filled with wholesome events, all possible with your donations. It is because of you that our project presses forward in achieving its objective: To support the vulnerable populations of Mexico City through workshops, a source of income and, above all, an environment of healthy coexistence.

What have we achieved in this last quarter?

Workshops and training in our Creative Center

Valedores have been able to continue training in crafting their traits in areas such as photography, writing, administration and personal finance. Accompanied by collaborators and our editorial team, the project’s beneficiaries continue to work on their academic skills in a friendly, free, and open enviorment. Throughout these past three months almost 50 hours of training have been given as part of the social working model with which we seek to influence as a positive change in the lives of the Valedores.  

 Our Presence at the most important Book Fair in Mexico City

We managed to procure a spot in Mexico City’s most prestigious annual Book Fair, Zocalo International Book Fair. Our participation through our bookstand allowed Valedores to interact, sell and network in an environment with recognized publishers. Valedores introduced the project to the public and were able to generate legitimate income, which is particularly useful in these critical times.

Free psychological therapy for Beneficiaries

We know the importance of mental health and the well-being of the individual for a comprehensive social reintegration process. For this reason, we manage the psychological therapy service for the Valedores who request it, and which is given at our facilities on a weekly basis.

Support for specific and individual needs of the beneficiaries

With your donation, we can continue supporting the Valedores´ needs through their journey. Haircuts, personal hygiene, eye exams and free delivery of visual and hearing aids are all being supplied for their well-being. It is because of you that Valedores such as Rodolfo can count on quality medical eyewear, improving their vision and quality of life.

The first collective Exhibition of Mi Valedor

This quarter we were able to complete on of the most ambitious and emotional projects of Mi Valedor: our first collective art exhibition displaying the work the Valedores have created throughout the pandemic. We partnered with Mirada Camarada to display photography, texts and drawings that the Valedores have developed alongside our editorial team through various workshops at our Creative Center or other cultural activities. The exhibition was a SUCCESS!

Finally, we would like to reiterate that these activities are only possible thanks to your continuous support and exposure towards the project. We finish 2021 with only but good news!

 

We were at the most important Book Fair
We were at the most important Book Fair
Support for specific and individual needs
Support for specific and individual needs
Support for specific and individual needs
Support for specific and individual needs
Workshops and training
Workshops and training
Workshops and training on human rights
Workshops and training on human rights
Our first collective exhibition
Our first collective exhibition
Our first collective exhibition
Our first collective exhibition
Our first collective exhibition
Our first collective exhibition

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Emergency support
Emergency support

Dear donor,

The last 15 months have been filled with difficulties and uncertainty, providing important lessons on how global challenges have differentiated impacts, often hitting the most marginalized the hardest. Our mission is and will be to support valedores, people who are living or who are at risk of living on the streets, migrants, and elders. With your donations we were able to continue our work during the pandemic, finding innovative ways to support those most in need. 

Here are 4 actions that were possible with your help:

  • Emergency support 

An array of institutions donated essential goods and funds to our cause all of which have been delivered to vendors in these difficult times. Valedores can now request at any time personal protective equipment to take care of their health during the pandemic. Free magazines and food vouchers were also provided, and personalized savings funds were set up to help many vendors pay for emergency expenses.

  • A safe space for everyone with personalized support and guidance

Our headquarters remain a creative center where we can welcome valedores, hold workshops and provide an opportunity to generate an income in a safe and friendly environment.  Many vendors do not have identification documents limiting their access to basic health and welfare services. To solve this, we teamed up with local allies to provide birth certificates, state issued identification, registration, and transport to vaccination sites.

  • Volunteer meetups, workshops, training, and cultural visits.

Volunteers play a fundamental role at Mi Valedor and with your support, we were able organize monthly vendor and volunteer outdoor meetups. We also reactivated photography and sales workshops that provide vendors with the tools to participate and sell in our publication. Likewise, as museums, galleries, and art fairs in Mexico City opened their doors, we teamed up with venues so vendors could sell magazines, take tours of their collections and temporary exhibits, generating an environment of healthy coexistence based on art and culture.

  • A new issue!

Vendors generate a legitimate income through the sale of our magazine, Mi Valedor. With the help of a major donor, we were able to print a new issue. Valedores del mundo uníos was presented in May of 2021 and is still sold by our vendors today.

All these actions have been possible thanks to your generous donation! For more information on our work please check out our Annual Report which is now live on our website. 

We also ask for your continued support as we are participating in the GlobalGiving Annual Photo Contest with the opportunity to win US$1,000, which would go a long way in continuing these actions. Please go to: https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1593 and vote!

Thank you!

A safe space for everyone
A safe space for everyone
Volunteer meetups, workshops & cultural visits
Volunteer meetups, workshops & cultural visits
Volunteer meetups
Volunteer meetups
Emergency support
Emergency support

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Four fixed sales events
Four fixed sales events

Dear donor,

Thank you for your generous support!

Over the last three months, we have managed to carry out all our activities with the valedores, which would have not been possible without your support. 

Since February of 2021, we have held workshops, training courses and safe gatherings with our vendor community. Additionally, we were able to print our first physical copy of the magazine in 2021 which was a huge editorial milestone, and which provides our vendors with a new source of motivation and income.

A few highlights of what your contribution have supported:

  • Four fixed sales events, organized by Mi Valedor in which our vendors continued to develop their social skills while earning an additional income that is particularly important in the face of the ongoing pandemic. 
  • Vendors were also active selling to corporate institutions, weekend bazaars and Art Galleries during Mexico’s City latest Art Week.
  • Development of a “vendor-distributor” scheme in which experienced vendors will function as the intermediaries between local businesses –cafés, bookstores, shops in general– and Mi Valedor as magazine distributors. This has allowed vendors to become more actively involved in wholesales and thus generate a more significant income while developing their skills as a self-employed businesspersons.
  • Print and outdoor presentation of our latest issue “Valedores del mundo, Uníos” on May 4th with a panel composed of editorial team members and vendors.
  • 8 monthly workshops; totaling 24 over the last trimester. These workshops cover management, personal finance, art, writing, and personal wellness. In addition, photographic tours of the city have been carried out with beneficiaries to feed a community image archive. 
  • Biweekly supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits including facemasks and antibacterial gel for vendor use as well as in kind food and supply donations provided by other Charities.

Here are some pictures of our latest events and vendor focused activities.

You can be sure that your recurring donation will be used to further support the valedores.

Thank you once again!

Activities in museums
Activities in museums
Workshops and training courses
Workshops and training courses
Print and outdoor presentation of our latest issue
Print and outdoor presentation of our latest issue
Biweekly supply of Personal Protective Equipment
Biweekly supply of Personal Protective Equipment
Our latest issue
Our latest issue

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Location: Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City - Mexico
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