Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico

by Yo Quiero Yo Puedo
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Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico
Empower communities to end child marriage - Mexico

Dear GlobalGivers,

 

It’s been a while since the last time we told you about this project in Metlatonoc, Guerrero, Mexico. But here we are! 

 

This year, the implementation had a very significant challenges: the situation of extreme poverty in which the communities find themselves, and the lack of basic health services is very serious in the context of the pandemic, since the population does not have access to medical services in order to know their needs.

 

But, we are so happy to tell you that we are working for end the child marriage in 2 new Metlatonoc’s communities: Yucunduta and San Juan Huexoapa and - because of the pandemic - we adapt our project with technologies that allows the implementation remotely. Also, these adaptations implied strategic alliances and work with local organizations.

 

Through the implementation of the project, we observed that girls were able to identify their rights. They also pointed out that all people have equal rights, that men and women have the same rights, that those living with a disability have the right to receive support, that rights carry responsibilities (such as cleaning their room, helping at home and respecting others) and that it is important to report when someone violates rights.

Finally, we share with you a testimony for a 13-year-old girl in Metlatonoc: "I have the right to whom to marry and how many children to have and not to be sold, as it would be treating me as a thing".

 

Thank you for helping this little girl to become an agent of change. We can't wait to keep you updated over the year.

 

With gratitude,

 

The Yo quiero Yo puedo team

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Workshop time!
Workshop time!

Dear GlobalGivers,

Happy new year! We are now breathing the hopeful air of 2021. You are part of this story and this hope. So many of you gave us new donations in the last few weeks, we are profoundly grateful.

So what is the news from the field- from the Mountains of Guerrero where we are working day in and day out with the local communities to end child marriage- during these last two months? The WhatsApp messages and photos continued to roll in from our facilitators Paty and Benito throughout December, and I am excited to share a few more photos with you- as the workshops have continued that you, GlobalGiver, are making possible. Check out the photo of Paty with a rose, as part of the local tradition of asking the Virgin of Guadalupe to help your work.

In just one week we start this year´s workshops with the communities of Guerrero and this week we are putting finishing touches on new materials made specifically to respond to the challenges of making change happen in the midst of Covid-19. Can´t wait to tell you more about them soon.

In gratitude,
Shoshana and the Yo quiero Yo puedo team

Paty participates in the local custom with flowers
Paty participates in the local custom with flowers
For fun, participants teach Paty how to weave!
For fun, participants teach Paty how to weave!
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Paty speaks with Villano in Juquila
Paty speaks with Villano in Juquila

Dear GlobalGivers,

Last we wrote, back in August, we shared photos of our hard work to make sure that hunger is not a reason that the communities of Metlatónoc, Guerrero, Mexico are selling their daughters into marriage. Your support, particularly those who are recurring monthly donors, made it possible to quickly get emergency food baskets- beans, rice, corn flour, chiles, cooking oil and more- to the 175 neediest families.

Once we met those immediate needs, we brought our staff back home for their safety, during which time we started preparing workshop activities to get back to the mountain, continue our work in the communities of Metlatónoc and Yucunduta and extend our work to a new community: San Juan Huexoapa.

I am over the moon to share with you that on October 30th, Paty and Benito, our facilitators, drove the 9 hours back up to Metlatónoc and restarted socially-distanced workshops!

Right off the bat, we were met with great news- check out the photograph above of Paty talking with Villano, the elected leader of Juquila, who proudly told her that since before the pandemic, when his town officially ended the sale of girls and women into marriage, not a single girl has been sold! There have been 6 marriages in the town in this time, and not a single one involved a girl or her sale. We celebrate this incredible feat of the town, in the midst of a pandemic, at that. 

What has the team been up to since getting back to the communities? Here is a glimpse from the field: 

Nov 7: Our team launches a training for local women´s rights activists so that they have the tools to end child marriage in the multiple communities from which they come.

Nov 9: Paty and Benito meet with the Juquila preeschool director, a long-time partner of our work, and he tells them he “is very surprised because in Juquila, girls and women are no longer sold, which is proof of the great work that Yo quiero Yo puedo is doing and its magnificent results”.

Nov 10: Our team officially launches our program in the new town of San Juan Huexoapa! They meet with Bernardino, the local leader, and then hold the first educational session with women, inviting them to join the forthcoming workshop. Check out all those masks! We greeted each participant with a mask and showed her how to wear it properly.

Nov 17: Paty and Benito hold a strategy session with the local commissary in Yucunduta to define the best way to safely carry out the workshops in the midst of Covid-19. Look at all that social distance in the photo!

Nov 19: To continue with the launch in San Juan Huexoapa, our team meets with the secondary school Parents´ committee because we have seen firsthand the importance of building a school community that doesn´t tolerate child marriage.

The work is just beginning, and every time I get a new Whatsapp message from Paty and Benito with photos and update I feel such deep joy. I hope this mini “field log” has made you has excited as we are about the sustainability of the impact your donation has made possible, and the way we keep expanding it, ceaselessly, despite the challenging conditions.

In gratitude,

Shoshana and the whole Yo quiero Yo puedo team

1st educational session in San Juan Huexoapa
1st educational session in San Juan Huexoapa
Strategy session with commissary in Yucunduta
Strategy session with commissary in Yucunduta
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Dear GlobalGiver,

This crazy ride continues, and in the midst of it all, the communities of Metlatónoc, Guerrero are battling drought. As subsistence agricultural communities, this is a strong blow to their ability to ensure a basic income and to put food on the table to eat. At the same time, many of their family members who are migrant laborers have returned home in order to have a roof over their head. It also puts girls at new risk of being sold into marriage to bring immediate cash to their family.

In a divergence from our methodology, and in solidarity with the girls and communities of Metlatónoc, Guerrero, in June we began a special collection of food stuffs and have just delivered food baskets to 175 families, the baskets large enough to last each family for a full month. I am sending you here a number of photos from the deliveries.

We know that things are not easy, for each of you as individuals and for the communities we work side by side with each and every day, but we know that we can always do more, and so we rise to the challenge and support the communities in this unprecedented crisis. May hunger not be another challenge they must face nor a reason to sell their daughters into marriage.

Your support makes these types of pivots possible in our work, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

With gratitude,

Shoshana

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A girl in typical dress celebrates local languages
A girl in typical dress celebrates local languages

Dear GlobalGivers, 

We are in a uniquely difficult moment. Covid-19 has changed the personal, family and professional dynamics for all of us across the world. And one of the overlooked impacts of this crisis is violence against women. 

Violence against women increases in every crisis. Today, 139 women and girls around the world are killed every day. Home, where officials are urging us to stay, can be the most dangerous place for many. During this time of unprecedented challenges presented by Covid-19, our resolve has only strengthened. So while our staff are currently following the national quarantine protocols, they are also hard at work preparing for our next phase of field work to protect the rights and safety of girls in Metlatónoc.

Upon the ending of quarantine, we plan to expand our program to reach three more communities in the mountains of Guerrero to end child marriage and protect the safety of girls there as well. In this time of increased violence against women and girls, we rely on your support. Will you help us help them?

Also, because good news is important in these moments, attached find a few photos from the International Day of Native Languages, which the communities invited us to celebrate with them in the mountains of Guerrero just before quarantine started. 

With gratitude,
Shoshana and the whole Yo quiero Yo puedo team

Inaugurating the Native Languages parade, Guerrero
Inaugurating the Native Languages parade, Guerrero
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Yo Quiero Yo Puedo

Location: Mexico City, Mexico - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Shoshana Grossman-Crist
Mexico City, Mexico
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