Improve quality of health and education in Mexico

by Amigos de San Cristobal AC
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
Improve quality of health and education in Mexico
SOLMUNDI WORKSHOP
SOLMUNDI WORKSHOP

We are delighted to meet again, always grateful and excited to share how things have gone for us, what we have learned, achieved, and where we continue to progress. In the previous report, we shared with you the projects we are supporting this year, and this time we want to tell you what is happening with the projects but mainly what can be observed and what progress has been made with people and processes. These findings guide us to know if a good job has been done and encourage us to move forward. Thank you very much for rereading us and continuing to support their well-being and our communities.

SOLMUNDI

In the project "Center for education and training in agroecology from local contributions and knowledge," there has been greater participation of young people and women during the workshops. There is interest in the knowledge that has been shared, and they handle some technical concepts in their vocabulary; They have expressed the importance of recognizing ancestral knowledge based on work and family dialogue. On the other hand, families have greater food product diversification. This diversification could be seen through increased production or economic income from the sale of honey, coffee, and vegetables, allowing them to acquire other foods unavailable in their agricultural spaces. Something important to share is that two young people continued their higher-level studies in careers related to agroecology and productive work.

 AMEXTRA

With the "Integral Health in Los Altos" project, we identified a change in people's vision regarding their work and value. They have opened up to integrating new technologies, activities, and habits in their daily lives, as is the case with the use of filters and the development of beekeeping as a productive and commercial activity. Tangibly, families have improved their housing conditions. With the strengthening of effective projects, the possibilities of achieving food sufficiency are increased while generating additional income to remedy the lack of access to other resources such as health or education. Some groups have developed more significant appropriation to the projects and further strengthened their knowledge since they have begun to train their peers and lend their modules or plots to develop demonstration activities to improve the results of other community members.

FORO PARA EL DESARROLLO SUSTENTABLE

With the project "Agroecological Community for Good Living," we have seen different advances in the different groups:

Seedbed: it can be observed in the behavior of young people and children who have improved body language, are overcoming stage fright, are developing techniques and skills to express positive messages, are overcoming shyness, are handling carpentry tools, have also acquired knowledge about conscious and healthy eating

Red Patrol: the connection with the participants depends on the interests of each one; the element of Hip Hop allows exploring the interest of the attendees. We promote community and unity; we see that they are integrating with these same ideas.

Kassil Vochonil: Talking with girls and boys, they show greater awareness about not consuming packaged products. The interaction with different workshop participants and visitors has generated enthusiasm for knowing and learning about various topics they have heard, understood, and practiced in some of the activities promoted by the center.

Muk' ta luch: They want to integrate more women into their collective who are in the city and their communities of origin; they want to be trained in indigenous women's rights issues to be promoters in the communities and the city.

HOGAR COMUNITARIO

In the project "Development free of violence for indigenous and mestizo women migrant to the city," during the emotional care and pregnancy care consultations, as well as the childbirth preparation workshops, women are obtaining insights about themselves and the way of reacting to adversity that keeps them in constant suffering. This pattern change is gradual, and we can notice it in their attitude, the consistency with which they attend activities or punctuality in consultations, and the questions they ask regarding their process. 65% have valued themselves as a person and understood the importance of self-care and that they no longer victimize themselves, take responsibility for their actions and decisions, and look for alternatives to solve their situation. Of this group, 50% have taken steps that are moving them away from the circles of violence. They are interested, ask questions, and try to lead a harmonious life with their children.

In the case of the women attending the TRAMA workshops, they all express themselves more confidently and work on the technique with more confidence and patience. They have incorporated designs into their work that relate to their lives. They take care of the raw material and put a monetary value on their products following the steps for cost; they do it with more certainty. They express how they feel without shame and enjoy teamwork.

In the case of women's meetings and work with adolescents, the majority try to continue participating in the workshops and invite someone to attend. They all expressed their desire to get out of the circles of violence and understand how those circles manifest in their lives. The adolescent workshops are a space highly appreciated by this group of young people. They have invited other friends to join. We use the CAP methodology that helps us make visible the areas where it is necessary to reinforce and progress. In schools, we also use the same evaluation tool. A significant achievement in the school work is that the school is open to us developing a program instead of only allowing a 50-minute talk once a year.

As for the children, approximately half of the attendees are more tolerant of others, integrate quickly, participate, share what they know and express their doubts. Everyone arrives with their notebooks and books from school for review time, focusing on doing homework with pleasure. As for the mothers, they are seen as more relaxed and enjoying the activities with the children. In turn, the children do not feel intimidated by the presence of their mothers; they play and look for their mothers to share the game with them.

 MUTRAM

In the project "Building territories of hope: Educational strategies in health-gender with women, men, girls, and boys," there is greater participation of women in the workshops; in particular, attention is being paid to incorporating more young women and men. Workshops have been planned to generate interest in youth participation. A working group has been created in San José, combining six women from the Colibríes collective. A group of young women shows interest in joining the training process.

Greater empowerment of the Phases of the Moon group has been seen by appropriating the methodology and overcoming the fears of facilitation before the groups. Participation in community assemblies has been achieved; security is acquired, and the fear of speaking is lost. The women came to start their organization and contact community actors.

In addition, our community participation has increased. One of our partners is the secretary of the Pastoral Council of the Sacsalum neighborhood. At the organizational level, there is greater cohesion with the alliance on the border. The critical and self-critical review of our educational practices is a significant change that allows us to identify mistakes and successes at work. That has led us to identify the ways we relate to each other.

Men participating in anti-patriarchal masculinity workshops have improved their practices that reproduce violence in the family and at work. The alliance with organized women has been strengthened; proof of this is that from the colis and phases' health work, other men interested in joining the work of masculinities are approaching.

Another significant change is the involvement of girls, boys, and young people. The boys and girls are approaching the women's workshops. In San Nicolás, a group gets together when the women of the little flowers get together. In the municipality of Margaritas, in the workshops carried out in the neighborhoods, children and young people are coming to participate.

OMNIUNITY

Implementing the project "Youth, Women, and Health in the Original Neighborhood of Cuxtitali: a proposal for popular self-organization" contributes to increasing the community's awareness of health issues, mainly because people have nearby spaces and accessible was to receive the necessary information and attention. In the case of the Casa de Salud, it is very noticeable how it went from having a good response only when we provided free health services (and not educational/reflective) to outstanding participation in the workshop spaces. We also see that users continue to increase, we have registered more than 60 new users in the last quarter, and those who were already registered keep coming back, inviting their family and friends, and expressing their needs.

In the Gymnasium, we have noticed how the participation and commitment of teachers and students are more significant when we have adequate materials available, not just recycled things. Everyone takes more responsibility. More spaces for feedback have been opened, such as assemblies, and it has been possible to listen to people to improve.

TIERRA ROJA

In the project "Tierra Roja, land of peace: healthy relationships, non-violent coexistence and social insertion for young people from the urban periphery of San Cristóbal de Las Casas," one of the challenges we expected in this 2021-2022 cycle with the young it was regular attendance since the previous year we had registered little regularity in their attendance. We also observed a certain apathy and lack of motivation to participate in the activities. After a deep self-critical reflection, we have understood that a lot depended on external factors (consequences of the pandemic at an emotional, social and developmental level) but also on internal factors that had to do with the proposal we were sharing this segment of the population. We were used to working with girls and boys up to 10 years old, but these children had already grown up and had new needs. From this reflection, this project was born, more focused on building the proposal together with them where the activities would be closer to their wishes and needs. Since the beginning of the year (2022), this change and methodology have also transformed the group, which has been attending regularly and participating actively and critically. It seems a significant difference to us, even though we have little time and a lengthy process. We measure this process with attendance lists, participation, decision-making assemblies, listening, and conflict transformation spaces.

Thank you very much and stay close, hugs :)

AMEXTRA orchard
AMEXTRA orchard
SEMILLERO
SEMILLERO
MUTRAM YOUTH WORKSHOP
MUTRAM YOUTH WORKSHOP
OMNIUNITY HEALTH HOUSE
OMNIUNITY HEALTH HOUSE
TRAMA HOGAR COMUNITARIO
TRAMA HOGAR COMUNITARIO
YOUTH TIERRA ROJA
YOUTH TIERRA ROJA
CONIDER Pusilja
CONIDER Pusilja
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COMMUNITY HOME
COMMUNITY HOME

Once again, we meet to share experiences, stories, and work. On this occasion, we are pleased to share with you the projects we have accompanied this year, their progress, and their testimonies. All of them are key so that our communities' children, women, and families have more significant opportunities for development in an adverse context. Thank you very much for rereading us and continuing to support their well-being and our communities.

 

SOLMUNDI

From 2018 to 2022, the Agroecology Training Center project has been built and strengthened based on local contributions and knowledge. We have worked with four family groups from the Altos de Chiapas area. The locations are: Naranjatik Bajo and Jamubil in the municipality of Chenalhó, El Pozo de San Juan Cancuc, and El Corralito in Tenejapa, Tzeltal and Tzotzil groups respectively. The work has focused on learning agricultural techniques with an agroecological approach, including workshops on group participation, gender equity, and conflict resolution. From February 2022 to June 2022, follow-up workshops have been held in each group, mainly on ethnoveterinary poultry production and beekeeping management, reinforcing learning on coffee, orchards, and organic fertilizers. The groups are in a learning process for solidarity trade in producing eggs and meat from backyard poultry and the production of honey and by-products from the hive. There has been greater participation of young people and women in the workshops and greater diversification of food products in the families.

Uriel is a young man who has decided to study a career in the forestry area, at the Benito Juárez University, in his municipality. He told us that agroecological practices and workshops from this project had helped him better understand the issues he sees at his university. He also says that he reinforces these practices and learns about new strategies he is implementing with his family. He currently also participates in a group of young people trained in the marketing of agroecological products; together with his family, they decided to focus on poultry production.

 

AMEXTRA

In this project's first period, we followed up on productive projects of beekeeping, poultry farming, and vegetable production in orchards and greenhouses of 3 families in Chalchihuitán, Aldama, and Larráinzar. This experience has made it possible to obtain a production of food to integrate into the daily diet of the families. We managed to improve housing, health, and hygiene conditions by installing a new eco-technology and monitoring 13 more in the municipalities of Aldama and Chalchihuitán. Finally, three local promoters attended an exchange of experiences on solidarity economy to promote and construct leadership on issues of productive projects. This event was possible thanks to the alliance with ECOSUR, KAN, and KAKUXTAL.

 

Doña Estela is originally from the community of Canech in the municipality of Chalchihuitán; She raises backyard poultry and grows coffee and milpa. She has been producing with the new chicken coop for two months. She now has about 80 birds. The eggs are used for consumption and hatch, thus having new birds. She is the mother of several sons and daughters, and she also works in the fields and takes care of the home: "When it rained, a lot of water came in, and my chickens got wet and often got sick with cough, diarrhea or fever; the floor of the chicken coop was dirt and, truthfully, the space was tiny. With the new chicken coop, I think my production will improve because it is bigger, has a cement floor, meshed, and has greenhouse nylon that covers it when it is cold and rainy. I hope to see my poultry production improve and that I can produce more hens for family consumption." Estela

 

CONIDER

This project has sought to strengthen community health and follow up on deworming campaigns in 9 San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas localities. Seven communities were visited to promote the project and inform about the deworming campaigns and the health and nutrition workshops that take place throughout the project. In 2 communities, nutritional follow-up was given to children under five years of age, and anthropometric measurements were made. Physical examination showed that the main clinical signs of deficiencies are: vita C deficiency, iron deficiency, reflected in pale conjunctivae, protein deficiency reflected in the skin, nails, and depigmentation. Workshops were held in the communities: 1. Workshop Signs of malnutrition, attention, and care. 2. Personal hygiene workshop, family at home and community level to avoid diseases and parasites. 3. Workshop on how the digestive system works and feeding sick children. In 5 localities, the deworming campaign was carried out; ADC vitamins were provided for children, and folic acid and iron for pregnant and lactating women.

Ana is a mother of a family from the Community of Tanubiljá. She comments that she finds it very important to continuously attend to her children, two of whom have chronic malnutrition. The way the nutritionist treats them is a good way since they are attended to in their language. The project goes to her and her family. They explain their actions, so we have confidence in bringing our boys and girls to care.

 

FORO PARA EL DESARROLLO SUSTENTABLE

Joint work continues to be carried out with different actors, groups, and collectives with which they seek to build and strengthen an agroecological community for good living: The "Muk' ta luch" Collective, El Huerto Kassil Vochonil, Semillero Cultural and Agroecological Center, the Red Patrol Cultural and Agroecological Center, the "Anstik Tsunubil" Women's Group. Agroecological production activities, food exchange, sale of products for the sustainability of the project, exchange of seeds and knowledge with the participants and Latin American organizations, preparation of traditional foods, and training activities such as workshops on food sovereignty have been carried out, nutrition with and without an artistic approach; volunteering in the orchards; rap and hip-hop high school performances and murals; events such as Disco Sopa in the communities of Ciudad Real and Jardines del Valle.

Miguel Ángel actively participates in the Semillero project. He is an 11-year-old boy in the care of his brother, under three years old. They live in a complicated family situation; even so, they attend and participate with great motivation in the center's activities.

 

COMMUNITY HOME

Always seeking violence-free development for indigenous and mestizo migrant women, this year's activities strengthened these women, who often struggle to survive. Prenatal care and emotional care consultations, childbirth preparation workshops, and childbirth care continued. Manual art workshops for employment (TRAMA) four times a week, macramé and waist loom, where they reflect on the value of their culture, their abilities, their self-esteem, and the importance of collaborative work. Las Orugas Children's Space, where children reflect on suitable treatment and express their emotions and needs. Also, this year, we have held two Mothers and Children meetings designed to analyze the agreements at home to avoid violence. We have held women's meetings: 2 in the city and 2 in communities (some men have also attended) to reflect on the different forms of violence. In coordination with Doctors of the World, we resumed a program of face-to-face workshops on preventing violence and teenage pregnancies at CECYTE. We are going for the second season of workshops with the group of adolescents from the Community Home we hold at our headquarters. The themes point to self-knowledge, strengthening self-esteem, and learning and exercising healthy sexuality.

Julia came at a critical moment; we worked on anger and acceptance, the experience of abandonment, her self-care, self-worth, and self-knowledge: "every word I found when I got here had helped me a lot to get ahead, especially when I arrived I was all down without knowing what I was going to find, I thank you for having supported me a lot, you advised me that it had helped me a lot to get ahead and get my son ahead when I came he was not like that, I came worried I felt alone I felt that I had no support from anyone and with you, I felt accompanied." Julia

 

MUTRAM

The Educational project strategies in health-gender with women, men, girls, and boys strengthen the training process from a perspective of the prevention of gender violence and a community and indigenous perspective in the border region of Chiapas. The work has been done with groups ((Hummingbirds, Phases of the Moon, and Men G), training them on gender, health, and territory issues. There has been greater participation of women in the workshops and better management of popular education methodologies and perspectives of community feminists. Conversations were also held between adult and young men and women to prevent gender violence in the municipality, and bimonthly assemblies to plan and evaluate activities that allow groups to be strengthened. These activities have shown that the perspective of women and men is changing and has improved their lives. Women participate more; mainly, the attention is on incorporating young women and men. A group of young women and men has been formed from the talks driven by one of the collectives. We will carry out a diagnostic workshop to see what needs they have and start a process of enclosure and training.

"I did not dare to speak in the assembly. But I wanted to do it because of the problems related to the consumption and sale of alcohol, and passing in front requires a lot of security and removing fear, and I didn't want to do it. I dared and say what I thought, other people did not speak, and I ventured to speak in the assembly by myself. I felt bad, and then I settled; I expressed what I felt and stayed calm. The problem is that I was angry because I was going to see alcohol in the community, and it came up without approving anything. I got furious, and in the assembly, I said that because they drink, the consequence is violence, accidents, and mistreatment. That men think what they are doing because they have their daughters and not think only of themselves." Zenaida Member of the Hummingbirds.

 

OMNIUNITY

This project aims to build and strengthen community health spaces in the Cuxtitali neighborhood with activities aimed primarily at young people and women. From the Popular Gymnasium, we have followed up on all our sports courses with young people from Cuxtitali, starting activities to strengthen these programs. From the Health House, we have carried out different preventive health activities aimed at women from the neighborhood and other city neighborhoods. Two herbalist workshops for natural gynecology were held with women. In addition, the office was opened weekly for individual consultations. A free campaign for the prevention of cervical-uterine cancer and sexually transmitted infections (Pap smear campaign) was carried out, in which 53 women participated, in collaboration with health promoters from the organizations "Brigada Callejera de Apoyo a la Mujer E.M.A.C." and “Mayan Moon A.C.”

Clara Luz and her family (her daughter and granddaughter) have been with us from the beginning. They are users of the Popular Gym and are proof of how much the women of the neighborhood have a fundamental role in the development and success of these projects since they are often the ones who are most involved. They always contribute as much as they can with some gifts or something to eat for our events. They do not miss an assembly or an event and always contribute new ideas about how you would like the project to evolve. Clara Luz and her family, as well as other families, are the backbone of our project.

 

TIERRA ROJA CUXTITALI

We seek to promote the active and autonomous participation of young people from the urban periphery of SCLC and offer them healthy, peaceful, and alternative social spaces to violence, discrimination, and marginalization. During this period, workshops and weekly meetings on academic reinforcement, literacy (primary and intermediate), music, construction and management of a family educational greenhouse, and socio-environmental education activities. With the accompaniment and monitoring of the group of educators, the participants organized and managed weekly and monthly leisure and fun spaces. Also, sports, crafts, and tournament workshops have been shared, opening the space for self-management and receiving other groups of young people from other organizations (Popular Gymnasium, Sueniños A.C., Cuxtitali soccer team). We also link with other groups and organizations to create collective moments of dialogue, reflection, and channeling needs, focused on building relationships of friendship, trust, and solidarity, inside and outside the Community Center. We are linked with Popular Gymnasium Barrio Bravo (for regular activities of physical activation and sports as a tool for conflict resolution); with Persicaria (for socio-environmental education workshops focused on the construction of spaces for Peace). We have other links planned with Semillero and Casa de Las Flores before the end of July.

 

Thank you very much for reading us and being interested in the projects. All this good news is possible because of your support and the accompaniment you give us.

United, we make the difference :) 

AMEXTRA
AMEXTRA
CONIDER
CONIDER
DISCO SOPA - FORO DE DESARROLLO SUSTENTABLE
DISCO SOPA - FORO DE DESARROLLO SUSTENTABLE
GYMNASIUM
GYMNASIUM
MUTRAM
MUTRAM
SOLMUNDI
SOLMUNDI
TIERRA ROJA
TIERRA ROJA
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Water analysis AMEXTRA
Water analysis AMEXTRA

Our work is valuable for contributing to people, girls, boys, women, and families in our beloved region. This work is not a unilateral relationship; they all teach us, we learn and grow together. This report allows us to inform you of the life experiences of all of them. We want to use this space to share their testimonies and experiences in the projects on this occasion.

We hope you can listen, feel closer to them and continue supporting their development. Thank you very much

 

Learning and teaching in community.

"This is Sebastiana's story. She is 14 years old and has participated in Tierra Roja since 2016, along with her little sister and her mother. She now participates with the youth group and begins to come when the childhood group comes, to which her sister belongs. Living far from the Community Center, we have proposed to her to stay, even if they were not "her days," and in a very spontaneous and natural way. Sebastiana has begun to get involved in different activities: tidying up the library, helping the little ones with their homework, publicizing projects and events. She has become a volunteer, but not just any volunteer. She knows the context; she has grown up in the little school. Her contribution is crucial for the development of activities. Her support with the childhood program is essential. Above all, it is something that she likes to do, which helps him develop more. Her story has inspired us, and by the beginning of 2022, we want to promote more young people, as volunteers, in the childhood program. We are sure that they can contribute a lot and at the same time can be strengthened in many aspects, thus promoting the solidarity and capacity building." Tierra Roja Cuxtitali Community Center.

 

New Masculinities

"Well, the truth is, when I talk to my friends, they tell me what happened to you? You used to like going out for a walk and getting together to go out somewhere to celebrate. But I think about it, and I listen to the talks of my friends and what they say, I no longer share. They criticize me because I don't go out very much anymore, but the simple truth is that I lost interest in going out there at any time or partying. And yes, something has been changing in me since I started going to the masculinity workshops with my colleagues from the G-men group. And I am very grateful to my partner because she used to go to the workshops and I just pretended not to, but then I asked her how she had done, and she told me that she liked it. Several times she asked me, "Why don't you go to the workshops?" that there were also for men. I just listened to her and told her yes, that I would give me that time one day. Until one day, I dared to see about workshops with men. Yes, I was surprised because I met other men who shared what they are like with their families, with their partners, at home, with their daughters. I have daughters, and I thought I would like my daughter to have a husband or partner who loves and respects her. I realized and remembered that I often disrespected my partner because I yelled at her loudly, which hurt her a lot. When I remember that, I feel ashamed; I can say that this has changed because now both my daughters and my partner see me with different eyes, and I feel that there is a different atmosphere in the house. I share that because I know that it can be possible; it is all a matter of wanting to and being willing to change." Participant of the Hombres G collective in the MUTRAM project.

 

Clean water for health

"I am Pascuala. I am 62 years old. I have been working with Amextra for a long time. I like being in the workshops; the water analysis we just did to determine if the water I drink with my family is clean. For me, at a glance, it is clean clear. Still, seeing the result of the analysis we did, it is not clean. It has bacteria. The recommendation is always to boil the water, and the container where the boiled water is emptied must be clean and thus be sure not to get sick to the stomach. I appreciate the attention they give us in my group." Woman from Santa Cruz, Aldama.

 

Children, hip hop, and agroecology

"I enjoy what we do… I like being here at the Semillero. I have fun getting to know new places with the Semillero. We teach other children what we do in agroecology, sharing how to make a growing bed and its vermicomposting. I'm still a bit embarrassed when talking to other people. Still, I'm getting better. My mom tells me go water your plants, you're going to dance, my mom always asks me how I feel, and I tell her that I like it because I have a lot of fun." child Omar from Semillero, a project working with Mujeres y Maíz Criollo.

 

No worms, always happy.

"When my children took the medication, I saw an improvement in them, both in us as adults. Before, they constantly went to the bathroom, which is not the case now; their stomachs improved. The vitamin helped my children have more appetite; they already eat better and are more active and happy, making me happy. For that reason, I appreciate the support they gave us. I help and heal my whole family; they supported me by not buying medications; thank you for taking care of our health, and I would also like you to support us with vitamins for adults." Anita, Pokolna neighborhood, from the CONIDER project.

"The opinion of the nutritionist is critical when carrying out her work in the community in which weight and height surveys were carried out. In the first survey, all the girls and boys came out normal, and even one was overweight. However, the nutritionist's surprise was that the bulging of the stomach indicated an excessive weight of worms and parasites, so the measurements did not reflect the state actual nutritional value of each of the girls and boys, which led us to carry out a second lifting exercise to compare results. The nutritionist was surprised by the conditions of the girls and boys of the community since she had not seen so many problems of malnutrition expressed in bulging stomachs, skin spots, pale conjunctivae, discolored hair, and problems of lack of appetite. This situation made the nutritionist feel very committed to the community and willing to support follow-up." CONIDER.

 

With the earth, the chicks, and the bees.

  "My family liked all the practices learned; however, we cannot apply all of them, but we really liked the chickens, beekeeping, honey, and coffee. The coffee is improving; it is recovering from the rust. We also liked to produce medicines for people and animals -propolis, cough syrup, and natural preparations for birds-. We liked everything, but sometimes there is no time to work on everything, but we have the notes. We can do it when you want to work on them; here is our note. Thanks for the training, for the SOLMUNDI workshop. What we are working on the most is about honey, coffee, and chickens, and we like it more about bees because we fell in love with the work of bees." Cristobal, from Naranjatik Chenalhó.

 

Weaving trust

"My name is Adriana. I am 17 years old. I was born here in the Community Home. Right now, I am participating in the TRAMA workshops manual artwork. Through these workshops, I learned how to maintain the quality of the embroidery and what are the meanings that they have to carry; each embroidery has a meaning of why they did it and why we are doing it. I am also learning about knitting. It has helped me a lot because I can have something to do around the house, something productive to do. Being in the workshops has helped me learn to have an orderly job maintain cleanliness. I have learned that if we fail, we learn from it, accept that I was wrong, and improve it. They have also been important because I have met some people. Before, I did not know anyone, and I was lonely. I did not have the confidence to speak. Now I am speaking more, not 100% but more before I was quiet, and now I can talk a little with the people I know best. I feel happy with the embroidery group because they talk about everything they do and help you with your mistakes. It has helped me to pay more attention." Adriana is a user of the Community Home TRAMA project.

 

Learning from love and with love

"Being here has been a change in life because really when we first arrived, we didn't know much about how to talk to our children, we didn't know how to treat them. It often happens to me that I get very angry with my children, now not so much because I already know how to talk to them, how to talk, how to treat them, and how we have to listen. My daughter can tell me what she thinks. If I continue to abuse, they will not tell me. I am learning, and some things are helpful to me; not everything stays in my mind, but there are things that I am practicing and that I can share with my family, it is not easy, but we all have to respect each other. Now I can share with them what is happening to me, we don't have the same experiences, but I can share what I feel. I didn't grow up with that with my parents, it was sad, but it's over, and now we can't repeat it with our children, now I can tell things happily, I don't keep that hate in my heart anymore. These experiences have changed my life. Sharing things here and listening to different people here gives you joy. "Natalia, a user of the Community Home.

Each of these words gives us strength and drives us to continue closely accompanying organizations and contributing something valuable to each of these people. Thank you very much again for reading us, contributing, and being close.

United, we make the difference. :) 

Children from Semillero
Children from Semillero
Workshops on parasites CONIDER
Workshops on parasites CONIDER
TRAMA Workshop
TRAMA Workshop
Masculinity workshops MUTRAM
Masculinity workshops MUTRAM
Production of ointments for birds SOLMUNDI
Production of ointments for birds SOLMUNDI
Creating in Tierra Roja
Creating in Tierra Roja
Meeting of mothers and children Community Home
Meeting of mothers and children Community Home

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Guitar workshop
Guitar workshop

We are happy to write to you today to greet you with joy and share news about the work of the different projects with the people to whom all our work is owed: children, women, and families from Los Altos de Chiapas. Thank you very much for being part of this collective effort, for continuing to support us, and believe in our work.

 

Literacy and regularization of primary education

In Tierra Roja Cuxtitali, the school year has ended in July. All the work has been done these months to encourage children's participation, socialization, and especially children's emotional well-being. Thanks to this work, they have shown more group cohesion and initiative in sharing their knowledge among colleagues, supporting each other when necessary. Accompaniment with workshops to strengthen social skills such as working at the Casita de la emociones has been essential. The issue of self-esteem has been worked hard and the link with the own body, self-perception, and conflict resolution to motivate them and be resilient in the face of adversity. The guitar workshops, visual arts, and production in the garden have also inspired the children who participate and brought them closer to pleasant and joyful experiences. The closeness with the families has been essential to follow up the process of their children and build with them. After the cycle end, the evaluation of the project has been given to see the progress and challenges. In October, they have started the new cycle with all the lessons learned to continue sharing and growing with the children and their families.

 

Healthy nutrition and family and community gardens

Both the care of the land and the monitoring of health and nutrition problems of children, women, and families are fundamental for the well-being and integral health of the communities. In this sense, various organizations that need specific issues are monitored, whether health or related to the environment. CAMADDS, with the group of Mujeres y Maiz Criollo, UNECODES, and SOLMUNDI, the three organizations continue to create, strengthen, and consolidate orchards in the diversification of family food production and backyard activities, such as the reproduction and care of animals (chickens, bees). On the other hand, AMEXTRA and CONIDER work on projects that provide nutritional and health support to families.

CONIDER is serving several families in 5 communities in San Juan Cancuc. They have worked with people to develop a health and water plan and a participatory health and nutrition strategy. For this strategy, weight and height lifting has been carried out in children under five years of age, and awareness-raising has been carried out with families for better nutrition. By deworming and vitaminizing children and adults, they have served around 282 women and 173 men. Also for the water and health plan, it has sought to identify the health needs of the communities. Most of the communities have been incorporated and willing to participate. Unfortunately, the negative news in other communities has made them not take ownership of the project and not participate. AMEXTRA works with 75 families from Aldama and Chalchihuitán. It accompanies them nutritionally and with different activities to improve their health. A diagnosis has been made by taking anthropometric measurements of weight, height, and hemoglobin in 26 children under six years of age, and vitamin supplements have been given to children with some degree of malnutrition or anemia. It has also sought to make alliances with other institutions to channel children with anemia; thanks to this, it has benefited from bimonthly pantries to 25 families with children who present some degree of malnutrition and anemia. On the other hand, work has also been done on training and building backyard gardens and chicken coops for five families with children with some level of malnutrition. Twenty families from Chalchihuitán, 16 families from Namtic, and four families from Canech have analyzed their water tanks and have been able to know the test results. These people have been sensitized to consume boiled water. Finally, various workshops have been held on the importance of a healthy diet, preventing chronic diseases, and healthy food preparation.

SOLMUNDI has followed up with the families of El Corralito, Jamubil, Naranjatik, and El Pozo. As we have shared with them, the communities of Corralito and Jamubil have been introducing themselves and learning about agro-ecological production. They have been training in different topics. In these months, they have had workshops on good poultry care and management (feeding, preparation of natural medicines, good practices for production) and the management of coffee nurseries. On the other hand, the groups of Naranjatik and El Pozo communities have been doing a follow-up on the work they have carried out, mainly the monitoring of poultry production; they have shared learning about the natural feeding of backyard birds. UNECODES continues to monitor the work of the Bochilté families. They have held a workshop to share experiences among families on poultry preventive care and make syrups, dewormers, and ointments. Also, they have reviewed the micro tunnel's state and have seen a good development of the vegetables; they have used the waste to feed the chickens. They have also noticed that the sheep and their young are in good health and have given them recommendations to continue the chain pass with another family in the community.

 

Psycho-emotional support and care for women and children.

 Two projects are working for the well-being, health, and prevention of violence in women. MUTRAM (Women transforming worlds) and the Yach'il Antzetic Community Home also work with children and young people. MUTRAM has been monitoring groups of women and men to work on issues of gender violence, care and promote change in their communities. The Sacsalum Women's Group addressed the issue of self-care, fostering reflection on the importance of taking care of your body and feeling good. The San Nicolás Women's Group has been developing a participatory diagnosis on the health problems of their community, what they think and feel about it, what causes them pain: they identified alcoholism, their economic situation, and machismo, as well as other diseases. The Lindavista Men's Group has worked on managing emotions and how being a woman and a man are constructed culturally and socially. Finally, the "Hombres G" group from the Margaritas have worked on strategic planning, reflecting on what they have learned, what they want, and where they are going.

 Community home Yach'il Antzetic continues to do meaningful work with different populations. They have cared for nine pregnant women in vulnerable situations; all of them have gone through difficult situations such as abandonment of their partners, family violence, or financial precariousness. They have been given prenatal care, postpartum and emotional support has also been provided. With other women, they have worked in the TRAMA Workshops (Working manual art for self-employment) to generate an economic income. From August to October, they have facilitated the workshops of creating bags, embroidery, macramé, and loom of the waist. During the workshops, the women also address their healing and personal and emotional growth as a group. The children who accompany their mothers have received educational (support with their homework or exercise) and emotional support; this orugas area is increasingly strengthened to treat minors better. Finally, workshops were held for 11 young people. With these, their creativity, storytelling have been encouraged. These workshops have been essential due to the isolation they have had during these times of pandemic; it allows them to exchange and have fun in an atmosphere of respect.

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Awareness workshop for the deworming campaign
Awareness workshop for the deworming campaign
Anthropometric measurement Canech, Chalchihuitan
Anthropometric measurement Canech, Chalchihuitan
Chicken vaccination Jamubil
Chicken vaccination Jamubil
Micro tunnel Bochilte
Micro tunnel Bochilte
San Nicolas Women Diagnosis
San Nicolas Women Diagnosis
Community Home Youth Workshop
Community Home Youth Workshop
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Homework support
Homework support

Again with great joy, we are here again with you to share the activities and achievements of the projects of our partner organizations. As you know, they continue to work hard to work together with women, girls, boys, and families to seek better alternatives for life and well-being. Your contributions continue to bear fruit, and we greatly appreciate your trust and support. Thank you very much from the heart!

Literacy and regularization of primary education

After the strongest of the pandemic, projects continue to adapt and seek more suitable alternatives for the people with whom they work. In the case of Tierra Roja Cuxtitali, they have faced several consequences of the pandemic. This situation has affected the boys and girls emotionally and in the development of their abilities. After several months without classes and Tierra Roja, girls, boys, and young people have changed. Many of them are in a state of passivity, silence, and lack of initiative; they do not participate as before and delay their academic performance. A decrease in their previous knowledge can be observed. Despite the above, the efforts are still present; it has been necessary to start from scratch, work to regain motivation, the will to continue learning, and the desire to express oneself. The support of Tierra Roja has been crucial to guarantee school permanence in school children, thanks to the accompaniment for the completion of schoolwork. These children are without face-to-face classes; they do not have an effective follow-up in their schools, and families receive a lot of pressure from teachers. They have worked with 18 girls and 28 boys during these months, 25 from 6 to 9 years old, 20 from 10 to 18 years old, and one person 25 years old. Training activities have been continued, such as support in training tasks and activities, workshops and life skills, human rights workshops, and free games.

Healthy nutrition through family and community gardens

 Three projects continue to work to create alternatives for good food and nutrition in the communities of Los Altos de Chiapas, CAMADDS with the collective of Mujeres y Maiz Criollo, UNECODES, and SOLMUNDI. The three organizations continue to work on creating, strengthening, and consolidating orchards in the diversification of family food production and backyard activities, such as the reproduction and care of animals (chickens, bees). These activities in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and in other communities of Los Altos de Chiapas. CAMADDS with the Mujeres y Maiz Criollo collective has had good results in San Cristóbal with the links made with different groups and organizations such as the Plan Bioma collective and Otros Mundos. This linking has allowed them to reach more people and join forces to do a better job. They have worked with 30 adults and 80 children to diversify gardens and have produced more seedbeds. They have conducted agroecological workshops for 15 people on seed production and management, agroecological management of pests and diseases, fertilizers, seedlings management, sowing-transplantation, and care of display. Meetings have also been held between allied orchards to enrich collective actions. They have had a first experience with the organization of Tianguis Túmin, the community garden was the headquarters of this important alternative fair. There was a good influx of visitors and proximity of the residents of the Tlaxcala neighborhood; 300 people participated. 

"I am excited to see that children and moms begin to take care of the value of caring for their environment, of producing their own healthier food that helps in the family economy. As well as the openness they have had to interact and learn new things from all the people who visit us and provide knowledge" Karelia head of the KassilVochomil orchard. 

UNECODES is working with 15 families from the Chamcolom community in San Juan Cancuc to install, manage, and reproduce hens for self-consumption, sale of eggs and meat. A total of 115 people have participated in constructing the plan of work, purchase, and delivery of materials, selection of the place, location and construction of chicken coops, delivery of chickens, and workshops on care and handling of birds. Also, in the Bochilté community, 12 other families were monitored in the care of their birds and vaccinated. In this community, the micro tunnel was observed, and their vegetables were well developed. The group from the latter community continues to work with its petty savings bank, selling surplus vegetables. Although the pandemic has had to postpone some activities, the participants continue with enthusiasm and harmony with the planting, care, and consumption of various dishes with the products they harvest. They work in a motivational way to continue the process of working together. 

"I am Juana. I am 44 years old. I am from Chancolom, the municipality of San Juan Cancuc. I have three children. I want to thank Amigos for the support you gave us, thank you for supporting us with the mesh, sheet, and chickens here in the community. Sometimes we have, but the disease passes, and they die we do not know how to cure them; thank you also for teaching us to vaccinate and take care of chickens"

SOLMUNDI works with two communities El Corralito in Tenejapa and Jamuvil in Chenalhó, where different workshops have been held to promote agroecological production within the productive plots and where the learning of the first workgroup located in Naranjatik Chenalhó has been applied. and El Pozo San Juan Cancuc. Workshops have been held on: Peasant to Peasant, soil analysis from local knowledge, biofertilizers, conflict resolution. In Naranjatik and El Pozo, the follow-up has been given to continue with their agroecological processes without constantly having a technical promoter and being autonomous in the new agricultural techniques they practice. The follow-ups are carried out every four months in groups that already have two years of the learning process in the project and have managed to become independent and benefit from the first years of work. 

"I am Rosa, and I am 46 years old. I live in the town of Jamuvil, municipality of Chenalhó, I am a new participant in the project that SOLMUNDI brought, and my family and I are learning to care for the earth. The technicians have led us to work as a team. However, we are family, there are also problems, and with them, we learn that we always work better as a team. They have taught us to use what we have in the community to make natural fertilizers and know how our soil is. Because of the disease that is here, we have not had all the workshops that they would give us, but with what we already learned, we saw that it is essential to have our food, one never knows when these diseases will happen and, if we have our food here at home it is easier for us"

 Psycho-emotional support and care for women and children.

Two projects are working for the well-being, health prevention of violence against women, on the one hand, MUTRAM (Women transforming worlds) and on the other, the Yach'il Antzetic Community Home. MUTRAM has been dedicated to working with organized women from the region of the highlands and the Comiteca plateau. Through workshops and construction of spaces for the training and awareness of women, their children, and men in Las Margaritas, to stop violence against women. Alliances with authorities for community advocacy accompany these initiatives. They held the Festival of Health and Peace in which more than 50 people participated, and essential workshops were held with men on masculinities and men and violence. Other workshops were also organized for and with young people on the topics that interest them the most, such as drugs, machismo, and sexually transmitted infections. The women who attend the workshops are now more willing because of the tranquility and security that the training spaces offer them because they know that they can bring their daughters and young sons to join the workspace with children. The link between men and women of the participating groups is now more respectful, unlike years ago when women had no voice or vote in decision-making spaces; family, church, work, school, community, and neighborhood assemblies. 

"In 1998, it was my first masculinity workshop; it was in Palenque. I went in and saw pure strange men, macho, just like me. Some shared their experiences and cried, and I didn't, I put up with myself as a male. So I started the path of becoming aware of how I lived my masculinity and how I want to live it. The results of that experience have made me committed to continuing sharing these workshops; personally, there have been many changes, it has helped me to improve relations with my family, listening, speaking, expressing what I think, feel, be pending as I do not exercise violence" Testimony of a facilitator of the Men G.

At the Yach'il Antzetic Community Home, they have worked on the Comprehensive Program for the Accompaniment of Women in which 50 people have participated, 45 women and five men. All of them, indigenous Mayan and mestizo women migrants to the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, received care during their pregnancy. Several women arrived with health problems, some more serious than others and all with acute emotional situations caused by experiences of violence. A total of 80 women attended the monthly meetings in the Community Home. In this new normal, they have repeated the same workshop at least four times to attend to sanitary measures. The children who accompanied their mothers have the space of Las Orugas. The new collaborator Lupita has professionalized it. Now they can be offered a space where through the game, the taste for literacy and mathematics is encouraged; initially, It was challenging, but little by little, the children have asked to return to the Community Home to continue with the activities. They are also monitoring the situations of violence that they live in their homes. They have been working every day with their mothers on the issue of good treatment. There have been three meetings to reflect on the strength and importance of tenderness instead of blows and mistreatment. It is not easy to break the belief that tenderness is a sign of weakness; however, they trust the method and the perseverance in its application. In the TRAMA workshops (Working manual art for self-employment), 30 women attended seminars on a backstrap loom, macramé, and blanket embroidery with psychological support. They are improving the work from our Facebook page, trying to promote women's products. 

"I learned that emotions are present in labor and that we can transform anxiety and fear into joy and confidence ... we don't have to dig in ... I didn't know the reproductive system of women, and how it works in the moment of delivery, it's incredible! I liked that they taught me to visualize the moment of my baby's birth and the meditations with deep breaths. I liked them, and I want to continue doing them. I want to be prepared for the best way to help my partner during labor, mentally and emotionally prepared; thank you!" Roger (parent attending the prenatal care workshops).

We will continue creating and working to improve :D. Once again, we thank you for your support. Together with the children, women, and families, we transform the Highlands of Chiapas. Soon we will share more news and testimonials with you, and we hope that you continue contributing through GlobalGiving to have more positive stories to tell :)

Thank you very much!

Soil conservation workshop
Soil conservation workshop
Chicken vaccination
Chicken vaccination
Follow-up to planting vegetables with Solmundi
Follow-up to planting vegetables with Solmundi
Festival of Health and Peace
Festival of Health and Peace
Monthly meeting - Hogar Comunitario
Monthly meeting - Hogar Comunitario
TRAMA Workshop
TRAMA Workshop
Workshops and life skills
Workshops and life skills
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