In 2020, your donation helped PSYDEH to see challenges as opportunities.
During the fourth quarter, the entire year really, during these difficult COVID-19 times, we asked ourselves this: is there a way to still thrive, to be more resilient?
Showcasing how we get to “yes,” how we use your gift to make an impact in our work, see below highlights from our FOURTH QUARTER 2020 NEWSLETTER celebrating our progress in the field, with our finances, and as an innovative organization. ***OF COURSE, if you prefer to view the full newsletter, click on the link above or HERE.
COVID-19 hit Mexico in March and has wreaked havoc since. For example, government programs to invest directly in people (around which we were creatively planning new work) have had their budgets cut or reallocated by 50-75-100% to combat the virus. PSYDEH views these challenges as opportunities. We execute this strategy to make progress in the field, with our finances, and as an organization.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRESS IN OUR 3rd QUARTER NEWSLETTER
Our 4th quarter report will celebrate progress with our
PSYDEH and women partners do not take COVID-19 wreaking havoc on fieldwork and funding lying down.
Over the past few months, your donation helps us to
STORYTELLING AS LEADER TRAINING AND MARKETING TOOL
To play our part in helping rural and indigenous communities navigate the pandemic, PSYDEH plans a new initiative and launched this crowdfunding CAMPAIGN to fund it. The forward-looking project supports five women-led organizations with (a) trustworthy coronavirus information they share with neighbors and (b) training on sustainable natural resource use while offering short-term (c) food assistance and income-generation help to 100 families.
2019 ANNUAL REPORT
We just published our most detailed and visually polished ANNUAL REPORT. Inside, you’ll read about 2019 work and awards, why our scalable model, our finances, and you’ll find interviews with our UK and USA staff. This high-quality report reflects the work that your hard-earned money funds.
PSYDEH’s 3rd quarter report will celebrate:
Over the past five months, PSYDEH makes progress on multiple fronts despite serious COVID-19 challenges like seeing hoped-for-funding dry up and not being able to do any fieldwork.
Since PSYDEH’s last report, your investment helps us to
Information is power, always. This is especially true for vulnerable rural and indigenous communities needing to smartly navigate COVID-19 and its economic and social consequences. Thus, we produce a bi-weekly information series with trustworthy content in Spanish, indigenous languages, and English. See for example THIS episode with practical content like THIS video by a USA doctor whose first 30 minutes of advice are translated by PSYDEH for Spanish speakers. We also are about to start pursuing funding for COVID-19 recovery fieldwork.
With our inaugural foray into the social enterprise field, PSYDEH’s wildly successful action-learning embroidery initiative, produced with your donation, connects women’s supply of high-quality artisan goods with global demand for such products. This puts money in women’s pockets. It directs all net gain to update these women’s organizations’ legal documents, a critical step for future fundraising. And with a 161% return on investment, this pilot project tells us that PSYDEH should do more of the same in 2020-2021.
We also completed our first comprehensive impact assessment. Some key quantitative takeaways are that 100% of women feel better prepared as leaders, and all but one said that they trust PSYDEH and its team. Qualitatively speaking, women partners tell us that we need to deliver more resources to local communities, e.g., high-impact projects, training, and permanent field staff. A PSYDEH staff person shares, "With PSYDEH, I get the opportunity to DO while applying thought leadership on how we solve complex problems facing Mexico and other democracies like growing social and economic inequality.”
IN THE PRESS + PUBLISHING
We are thrilled to be showcased in this human interest story in Mexico News Daily. It does a fine job explaining our complicated work in basic terms.
We've published THIS article on our replicable model and THIS article on how storytelling is key to actionable feedback. PSYDEH also published our 2018 Annual report in English and Spanish. Our 2019 report will be released in early June.
PSYDEH’s 2nd quarter 2020 report will celebrate:
Stay safe and sane!
Since we last wrote, your investment helped PSYDEH to
FIELDWORK & FEEDBACK
Feedback is elemental to making a sustained impact. PSYDEH’s multi-year program was born from the appreciative inquiry of local leaders. Five years later, we now analyze responses to our summer 2019 comprehensive impact EVALUATION of our program from three key stakeholders: indigenous partners, public officials, and staff and volunteers.
Not all feedback is the same. We help beneficiary-partners give useful feedback by guiding them in ways to share their thoughts with government and others involved in solving wicked challenges. For example, we recently completed our FEEDBACK-FACILITATING MANUAL for indigenous women across the Republic on how they can use their right to access public information critical for actionable sharing, as well as their right to protect their personal data. Also, by year’s end, our NARRATIVE initiative will have trained women on how to be powerful storytellers, critical to actionable sharing in their communities and when representing themselves and their areas to the world. And they will have their own new organizational narratives, as well as personal poems, histories, and portraits living on the web.
Feedback matters. As this report goes to press, we are in the field exploring how best to CHANGE COURSE with our Seed Fund initiative to reflect women’s demands and the new Mexican government’s policy investing directly into the “pueblo”.
SHORT FILM “WOMAN CITIZEN”
For PSYDEH, photos and moving images reflect truth. They promote autonomy, are an antidote to feeling invisible, and are a very-2019-tool to inspire thinking. Our videos relay information. Our original films offer high-quality visual content designed to transport the viewer, to move her intellectually and emotionally. See for yourself. We recently premiered the next in our series of short documentary films called “Ciudadana” (Woman Citizen) recounting 2018-2019 rights-oriented work funded by the Mexican National Electoral Institute.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
In October, PSYDEH was chosen by GlobalGiving as one of seven Mexican nonprofits around the country to mentor their network of 120 Mexican nonprofits in 2019-2020. We also were among four non-profits from around the world, the only one from Latin America, invited by GlobalGiving to convene in Washington, DC with 20 others from the philanthropy sector to explore what we call the “Neutrality Paradox”. Damon Taylor, PSYDEH Senior Advisor and representative to the convening, states, “The conversation reinforces what we believe to be the truth, that the right solutions to wicked problems are best created when uniting diverse voices in a safe space… [And] it’s important to PSYDEH and grassroots organizations like us that global platforms’ access-focused processes keep the “human element” central and allow for nuanced review of complex dilemmas in countries like Mexico.”
Our 4th quarter report will celebrate:
¡juntos somos mejores!
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