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
Oct 24, 2022

ACHIEVEMENTS AND LESSONS LEARNED

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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