One of our objectives is to generate synergy with socially responsible companies through experiences in actions that help reduce the social gap and at the same time develop skills in collaborators and in the beneficiaries of our program.
At the end of last year we began to promote these activities with companies such as Moody's and Nielsen.
During this year, we managed to increase our corporate volunteering activities by offering spaces for reflection, where experiences and knowledge about the labor field with a social perspective were shared, which has provided sensitivity on this topic to university students about to graduate.
Companies such as Nielsen and Moodýs participated for the second consecutive year.
Other companies have joined the volunteer activities, like the insurance corporation Grupo ProteG, with whom we carried out sports activities with children, mentors and company collaborators.
These activities have been very rewarding for the beneficiaries of our program, since they have provided them with other types of experiences and benefits.
We invite you to continue supporting Peraj and to invite more people to do the same. This will allow us to extend the benefits of the program to more mentees and mentors in Mexico.
As part of Peraj's renovated “360° intervention model”, our aim is not only to support and develop academic and socio-emotional skills in our direct beneficiaries, the children mentees, but also in the university mentors, school teachers and parents.
We are happy to report that we have started a Parents Workshops Project, which arose as a thesis proposal from a mentor studying Pedagogy at the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON).
A pilot workshop included 30 parents and was very well received by them. They were very participatory and feeling fortunate in having the possibility to obtain the necessary tools to improve their accompaniment and communication skills with their children in a very efficient and exciting new way . This is something that undoubtedly needs to be reinforced now, when we are all trying to adapt to the post pandemic reality.
In Peraj we believe that the active participation of parents and/or guardians of our mentees in the activities of their children is essential for their academic and socio-emotional development. For that reason we will be incrementing the workshops for more parents to have the opportunity participate.
We would like to invite all our GlobalGiving friends to continue supporting our activities in favor of the education and well-being of children in Mexico. We thank you for your donations and invite you to spread the word among your friends and families about the work that Peraj together with you, our supporters, make possible.
According to official data more than five million students did not enroll in the 2020-2021 school year. Three million of them are in elementary and middle school, the rest in high school and college. The crisis affects both basic and higher education.
School dropout increased during the pandemic, especially in the lower socio-economic strata. The lack of resources such as internet and mobile devices, of proper accompaniment that can help to adapt to new learning processes and the lack of motivation in the post-pandemic context are the main causes.
The Peraj program becomes more relevant given the new challenges facing education in Mexico. At the start of the 2021-22 school year we face a gradual return to the classrooms. Our mentors will be interacting with their mentees in a mixed way, both face-to-face and remotely according to their schools authorities and national and local health guidelines.
Peraj's intervention will aim to support the return of our mentees to the classrooms and their possibilities to attend on-line classes. In parallel many of the activities will be focused on the development of cognitive and emotional skills such as communication, resilience, tolerance, creativity and problem solving,
We are about to conclude a school year that has been different for all of us. We all had to adapt to new ways of relating to one another, of working and carrying out our daily routines.
It was an enormous challenge for the entire Peraj community. All mentors and mentees were affected, one way or another, by lack of connectivity and emotional exhaustion, thus complicating even more their daily activities. Nevertheless, by staying together as a team we succeeded! We were able to continue our mentoring activities in 25 states in Mexico, collaborating with 65 universities, and more than 1,500 mentor-mentee pairs kept active even though physically distant.
We are getting ready to return to our activities after the summer in a mixed modality. We will take advantage of the experience that virtual mentoring gave us. We now have access to online mentoring tools and various resources which will not only bring us closer to the children mentees and youth mentors in Peraj. We will also be able to have a closer supervision and to expand the learning and development tools available for mentoring activities. We look forward to an even more efficient hybrid-format mentoring experience.
We are extremely grateful for your support, thanks to which we are able to grow our program and make it more solid. We invite you to follow our activities, and be closer to our mentors and mentees. Thank you for being part of Peraj.
At Peraj we are constantly evolving to enhance the future of our country because we want more children throughout Mexico to have access to our mentoring program. That is why, we want to share with you that starting this year, in collaboration with students from the University of Monterrey (UDEM), we will carry out joint actions in order to benefit children from the city of Monterrey in the State of Nuevo Leon. It should be noted that the institution is characterized by its great vision of social responsibility, thanks to the high-impact social support programs that they develop for their community. Given the above, Peraj will join this effort with its mentoring program for 20 children from the Orphanage (name). These children are in an extremely vulnerable situation so, together with UDEM students, we will give them academic and socioemotional support, in order for them to continue their studies and boost their potential. In the end, our goal is to inspire them to make a better future
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