Health
 Mexico
Project #13115

Provide a Safe Environment for Children in Mexico

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Peace One Day sign
Peace One Day sign

Dear Supporters, 

World Peace Day was celebrated on 21 September. We decided to celebrate this day this year by focusing our projects on the topic of spreading peace and dealing with troubles. 

Sadly, in Mexico, there is delinquency and the famous drug trafficking war, and even though the area where we work has not been affected by the last one, people tend to have a hostile response to things which, in turn, makes an impact on the kids. This adds up to the way people are educated and how they deal with expressing themselves and engaging with others.

A Peaceful Scavenger Hunt

Based on the objective and the goals of Peace One Day, we created a scavenger hunt full of activities related to peace and conflict management. 

The activity began with questions and answers about what the kids thought peace was, looking at how they behave, what did they do when something they do not agree with happens and how they treat other kids and people in general. The following activity was to work in teams, but not with their friends, to complete a puzzle. After that, we all drew and colored a big peace sign without giving any specific order, this to see how the kids acted by themselves when having to share space and material with others. The next activity was to blow up a white balloon and give it, along with a huge hug, to a person they had been having a conflict with and to try and sort out their differences.

The response of the scavenger hunt was amazing. We confirmed our hypothesis- kids react as they are used to be treated instead of how they really believe is okay. For example, a little one in the Ludoteca almost is often bullying another child, telling him he is not good for this and that and showing him his weaknesses. During the activity with the balloons, this little one went directly to the other kid asking for forgiveness and hugged him with authentic feelings.

He explained to us that at his house he is the little one and he is always being treated like that, so in Ludoteca he has to prove he is the big one but he really doesn’t mean it. It was just there was no one to tell him he can act differently.

By doing this event we realized they actually know how to deal with conflict in a peaceful way but in order to meet the expectations adults put on them, they often act out and copy patterns of behavior they are used to seeing. We still have a lot of work, to provide them a secure space where they can develop properly. The celebration of Peace One Day reminded them of how important is to treat and be treated well and that there are always a lot of ways to resolve their troubles. 

Thank you for your support. 

With Gratitude, 
GVI Mexico

 

Everybody having a great time at the workshop
Everybody having a great time at the workshop

Dear Supporters, 

We have recently completed a gender equality workshop at our Invasores project and it was a great success!

The workshops are delivered on topics that we have identified as being relevant to the lives of the children living in the area. We prepared a 2-hour class full of discussions, activities, games, drawing and friendly competitions about gender equality. 

Why gender equality?

The women in Mexico suffer from discrimination and violence. There are still places where girls are traded for goods and where women are not allowed to express their opinions. With this workshop, we aimed to inform the children on the importance of this topic. To our surprise, this day work out really well, kids really enjoyed it and based on their responses about the differences between boys and girls the workshop was really helpful for them.  The boys, for example, admitted they want to cry sometimes without being mocked. As well as girls saying that they wanted to play soccer freely.

As a reward for their amazing participation in the classes and workshop, we gave them some toys and clothes that were donated by people in Playa de Carmen. You could not believe the excitement on their faces, something that for some people is no longer useful for others it is a treasure. The biggest reward was not only seeing their happy faces after choosing the

The biggest reward was not only seeing their happy faces after choosing the toys but to see how they embraced the subject and reflected on it. 

Thank you for your continued help and support which allows us to host workshops such as these. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Mexico

Dear Supporters, 

We have collected sufficient funds to pay for another 6 months of dog therapy at CEAI, the Integral Care Centre for special needs children. This therapy is funded completely by the GVI CT, every 6 months volunteers of the community projects in Mexico challenge themselves to fundraise the money to cover this therapy, so far 2 complete years of dog therapy have been donated and we aim to continue with this support for the next years.

This therapy is funded completely by the GVI Charitable Trust. Every 6 months GVI volunteers at the community projects in Mexico challenge themselves to fundraise the money to cover this therapy. So far 2 complete years of dog therapy have been donated and we aim to continue with this support for as long as we are able.

But, why we are doing this?

Research shows that the presence of pets is associated with feelings of tranquillity and relaxation as well as reduction of heart rate or blood pressure. Having pets it is also associated with increased social interaction, acting as social catalysts made in a variety of environments, individually or in groups.

So far dog therapy has improved some of the daily tasks that challenge the special needs students of the CEAI (Integral Care Centre) lives as this therapy supports the developing of fine and gross motor skills.

The dogs that help at this therapy have been trained to assist persons with physical, visual, hearing impairment, with recurrent attacks or autism, the dogs or therapy assistants encourage students to focus and interact with them in basic tasks gaining independence and improving their life outside of the centre.

The dog therapy has contributed to strength pedagogical knowledge of both language and mathematics, allowing students to retain the concepts reviewed during the week at classes with their teachers.

In the human- animal bond are a multitude of benefits are used in the treatment of people mentally ill, or as in this case they are helping with the educational programs for sectors that require special assistance, such as adults or children with special needs.

Dog therapy strengths the relationships of the centre with other local organization as this therapy is provided by a Discan member organization in the area.

With your kind contributions, we will continue delivering these therapies to the students of the CEAI that have shown an affinity to the therapy. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Mexico

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Dear Supporter, 

Towards the end of 2015 the GVI Mexico staff and volunteers started, what is hoped to be, a long-term project within the community of Invasores. The project aims to provide the children with a variety of educational workshops covering several topics (English, literacy, movement and health).

The Invasores community is an area with extreme poverty, containing people from some states within the south of Mexico who have built their homes using the waste materials from a nearby industrial dump site. This community is illegally based on federal land and has an association with limited access to educational resources and other social issues including over population of animals, such as cats and dogs. This issue has been address by our current partner Cocos Animal Welfare.

In partnership with Cocos, GVI ran a 1 week summer school within Invasores that included a variety of educational sessions covering several topics. This 1 week, short-term project was such a great success that it was always the aim to continue this work within a more long-term project.

Towards the end of the year, we facilitated the first weekly educational workshop to children within this community, covering similar topics previously carried out in the 1 week summer school session. 

The current structure of these workshops includes starting at 9am in the morning and begins with a welcome for the children, followed by a pre-prepared workshop, focusing on either English, literacy, movement and health) and finishes with a short reflection and goodbye reviewing the day’s activities and the children’s response to the lesson. Hand washing resources and drinking water are also provided for the children if required.

Upon completion of this workshop, a report is completed that includes information on the number and age of the children, the planned educational activity, a summary on what was successful and what can be improved on in regards to the planning for forthcoming lessons.

We are very excited about the future of this project going into 2016 and we look forward to brining you more news and updates. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Mexico

Improvised hand washing facilities
Improvised hand washing facilities

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Learning about Capoeira
Learning about Capoeira

Dear Supporter, 

We are very excited about a new partnership and activity that we have started that will benefit all of the children that we work with! The objective of this new project is to create an ongoing sports program with our new partner, Capoeira Cativerio, which is run in Playa del Carmen by Omar. 

You might be wondering what Capoeoeira is?

It is a Brazillian martial art that combines dance, areobic movement, non-contact martial arts and music. It is an excellent form of physical activity and it promotes discapline and focus to its participants. The practice is intolerant of discrimination based on ethnicity, social status or any defining attributes that could cause prejudice. This creates an environment where people from varied backgrounds are able to interact and promotes tolerance, equality and acceptance. 

It has the potential to be highly beneficial for children who have social issues and who require guidance and direction. Omar and his colleagues have provided training to children and in exchange the children have helped with cleaning and upkeep of the tarining premises. It has had some wonderfully positive results. 

After an initial discussion between Omar and ourselves, it was apparent that there was a possibility of the formation of a new project and activity for our current projects. As a result of this new partnership, we have incorporated a Capoeira class within our timetable for the Invasores initative. It has been a great success with the children! We are busy facilitating the tarining of our staff members so that they will be able to lead the activity and in time, we will train volunteers to assist as well. 

We are very excited about the potential scope for this new activity and are looking forward to seeing where it will take us in the new year. 

Thank you for your generosity and support! We wish you a wonderful and happy new year. Look forward to chatting again in the new year!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Mexico

Warming up for the Capoeira class
Warming up for the Capoeira class

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom
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