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

Project Report | Feb 9, 2024
Amigos' work over the past few months

By Corinne Pierre-Louis | Operational Director

Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Dear All,

We hope you started the year well. From Amigos de San Cristobal we wish you that this 2024 is full of peace, health, good projects, generosity and love.

We take this opportunity to reiterate our deep gratitude to each of you for your solidarity towards us and towards the most vulnerable communities of Los Altos de Chiapas.

We are happy to share with you the results we have had in the last quarter of 2023.

 

SELECTION COMMITTEE

2024 Selection Committee: From October to December 2023 we formed the selection committee that reviewed the 22 funding applications received to finally select the 10 Friend Organizations that will be funded in 2024.

EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES

Our director, Corinne, attended the #ShiftThePower Global Summit in Bogota, Colombia, in early December, where people and organizations from different latitudes connected to inspire each other and build together the idea of power to boost the leadership of the territories in which they work.

Thus, it was a space that had the purpose of seeking ways for communities to be masters of their own development.

This summit also aimed to bring together change agents and pioneers from different countries in international development, philanthropy and civil society movements.

Several community philanthropy activities were held.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION:

Community members (CSO's, giving circles, operational team, council, volunteers, community people) participated in a collective work in the Kassil Vochonil orchard last August 24.

PIZZA WITH A CAUSE

The pizza with a cause master class event, organized by the LA SEMILLA giving circle and held at the end of October, was a great success. Attendees were able to learn about the history of pizza, its chemistry and how it is prepared. The Madonna Mía pizzeria team was spectacular; they donated everything necessary for the class (talent, time, treasure and testimony) and were attentive at all times to the requirements of the trainees.

A magical moment, where participants were able to see, smell, prepare and taste various types of pizza, accompanied by generous people and very participative children.

GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

The grassroots development workshop was held on October 31 and November 9, 2023 under the name "Building together and together: a proposal for grassroots development". In the two sessions of the workshop, the different characteristics of grassroots development were reviewed, taking up the definition proposed by Rodrigo Del Villar and based on it, references and ideas that each of the participants have were organized. During the workshop, a space was provided where, those of us who were involved, built from our experience what is grassroots development, articulating life experiences with theoretical tools.

EXCHANGE OF LEARNING:

As part of the learning exchanges with others, a meeting for the promotion of community philanthropy was held in Mexico City on October 19 and 20, 2023.

MEETING OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS IN MEXICO

The members of the Alliance of Community Foundations of Mexico met in mid-November at the 2023 Community Foundations Meeting in Saltillo, Coahuila.

Our operational director, Corinne, participated in this meeting, where she shared lessons learned and points of view with other community foundations. In her opinion: "Meeting each other always motivates, inspires and commits us to continue working so that communities can be the owners of their own development, with equality and justice".

Fundación Merced Coahuila A.C. was in charge of the reception and supported in different ways to make this meeting possible.

GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN

Our Community Foundation joined the #Undíaparadar movement in order to celebrate the power of generosity and solidarity; the power of giving and receiving, and the fruits generated by community philanthropy.

That is why we organized different events and activities for the occasion.

Thus, on November 28, an online fundraiser for the #GivingTuesday Campaign was held on the GlobalGiving platform. On that day GlobalGiving distributed $1,200,000 dollars among many organizations. Amigos de San Cristobal also took a small percentage of this purse thanks to what was generously deposited by our donors, obtaining a total of $765 in this campaign.

PARTY "TO GIVE IT ALL".

Last November 30, 2023 we celebrated and celebrated, in style, "a todo darlo todo", and in a communitarian way, generosity, a party whose intention was to celebrate, to celebrate the acts of generosity that are made throughout the year.

It was held at Latinos Café Bar, hosted by Paco Hidalgo, with games for the children, hip-hop by Patrulla Roja and El Semillero, the excitement of the raffle gifts and until the end the music of the group Combi Tropicante, where we could dance to the rhythm of cumbia. And, of course, there was the table where people were able to share the things they had brought for the gathering and where there was no shortage of food dishes donated by our generous sponsors. We also held a raffle that had a contribution of $6,150.00 pesos. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the people who were encouraged to participate in this party and to contribute their grain of sand in solidarity.

BAZAAR WITH A CAUSE

We held our traditional Christmas Bazaar; a sale with a cause that took place on Saturday, December 9 in the atrium of the church of San Francisco de Asis, here in San Cristobal. Many people came to join us on that day and were able to purchase some items in good condition and at a good price. In fact, some of them, since early in the morning, were already waiting for us to finish setting up so they could take the things that were more worthwhile.

However, it should be noted that this event would not have been possible without the collaboration of all the ordinary people who wholeheartedly donated clothes, books, shoes, toys, kitchen utensils, etc. This was a way, like any other, to contribute to the promotion of solutions to health, education and environmental problems in our region.

 

From the area of strengthening, the Technical Assistance process was carried out from October to December 2023. 15 organizations submitted their applications, covering in full the use of the resource according to the diagnoses of each organization/collective.

Peer learning exchanges were also carried out with the participation of 16 organizations and collectives. They were organized in pairs, forming 8 work teams.

FORUM FOR THE EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES ON GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT WORK

As part of our year-end activities, the FORUM "Recognition and exchange of experiences, achievements and challenges" took place on December 13, attended by the organizations and collectives with which we collaborate.

The purpose of the meeting was to identify the main components and lessons learned about the projects based on a better understanding of the grassroots development approach that the groups have implemented and appropriated from their participation as collectives and friendly organizations.

The facilitation was in charge of Adelina Gonzalez; work was done in groups to visualize the progress of the projects and the lessons learned were shared in plenary.

The event ended with a beautiful Mayan ceremony of gratitude.

Thank you again for your solidarity with Amigos de San Cristobal. Truly, united we make a difference.

Community Participation
Community Participation
Pizza with a cause
Pizza with a cause
Meeting of community foundations in  Mexico
Meeting of community foundations in Mexico
Shiftthe power summit. Exchange of experiences
Shiftthe power summit. Exchange of experiences
Party to give it all
Party to give it all
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Location: San Cristobal de las Casas - Mexico
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San Cristobal de las Casas , Chiapas Mexico
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