Health
 Mexico
Project #13115

Provide a Safe Environment for Children in Mexico

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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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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Everybody loves dog therapy!
Everybody loves dog therapy!

Dear Supporter,

Both of our teams in Mexico have recently been fundraising for our childcare partners in Playa del Carmen. They have managed to raise money for 6 months worth of dog therapy at the Integral Care Centre plus more!

The care centre is home to children with a wide range of disabilities, both mental and physical. The therapy that is provided to the children is of utmost importance to their development and quality of life. Some of the therapeutic activities that are undertaken at the school include equine, aqua and dog therapy. The dog therapy has proved, in the past, to be a major success and we are so happy that we have raised enough money to be able to re-start this activity and see it running for the next 6 months.

So how did we raise the money?

The team in Playa del Carmen took part in a 42.6km cycle from the entrance of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve through to the town of Punta Allen in the reserve itself. That might not sound too bad, but when you combine it with the fact that they undertook the ride during the hottest month of the year in Mexico. And consider that the entire route took the team over uneven roads and terrain, then you will begin to understand that it definitely wasn’t for the faint of heart!

Over in Pez Maya, the team participated in the Xplor Bravest Race. The Bravest race is an extraordinary race, a challenge of endurance, power, and physical skill. It also tests your mental and spiritual will. It is a journey over 5km littered with 30 obstacles including human ones, known as the Brave Hunters! The course took the team through dense jungle, into underground rivers, caves and cenotes all the while being chased by the Brave Hunters. It really tested the teamwork, strength and endurance of the Pez Maya guys.

The bulk of the money that was raised will go towards the dog therapy program. Surplus funds will be allocated based on the needs of the center as well as Mexico’s other child care partner, Save the Children. Needs change but can include anything from buying educational materials, buying medical equipment, sponsoring training or therapy sessions to buying drinking water.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved with setting the challenges up, the staff and volunteers who participated in the challenges and everyone who donated and supported from near and far. Projects like this never run in isolation, and the successful running of them wouldn’t be possible without participation from all stakeholders. Thank you!

With Gratitude, 

GVI-Mexico

Our Playa bike riders!
Our Playa bike riders!
Our brave Pez Mayans before the race
Our brave Pez Mayans before the race
...and after!
...and after!

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Thank you for the doorbell!
Thank you for the doorbell!

Dear Supporter, 

Recently we have used some of your generous donations for improvements and upgrades to our facilities. 

SAVE THE CHILDREN TOY LIBRARY (LUDOTECA)

Save the Children toy libraries (Ludotecas) were created to offer a safe environment where children from low socio-economic background can come to play and learn. They focus on topics like children’s rights, healthcare and primary education. Ludotecas operate 5 days a week and the admission is free.

This month we have used funds to supply safe drinking water for the children who attend the Ludoteca. Having a regular drinking regime of safe and clean water is absolutely crucial in the weather conditions of Playa del Carmen.

We have also donated a door bell, which was also a much-needed improvement. Until now the parents and kids had to shout or bang on the entrance gate and due to the layout of Ludoteca this caused sometimes long and unnecessary waiting. The doorbell will improve the quality of the environment greatly and allow the running of the activities in a much convenient manner.   

Save the Children have also asked for a donation of two compact digital cameras, to be able to monitor and document their everyday activities. Photographs are used, among others, for PR purposes, monthly reports and creating content for presentations for potential donors. We were happy to assist with this!

SPECIAL NEEDS INTEGRAL CARE CENTER

Mic-Key button, or Bard button, is a specialized device for use in patients who aren’t able to receive oral feeding and require enteral feeding. Such is a case of one of the pupils at the Integral Care Centre, who has been attending the Centre for 6 years.

By providing her with this device, she can not only receive her food in a more convenient way but enables her to fully participate in the therapies provided at the center.Before getting the Mic-Key button, she was not able to participate in some of the therapies, especially the Equine and Aquatic therapy, because it represented a risk to her, due to the way her enteral feeding was set up.

The donation will significantly improve the quality of life for her, as well as free up some time for the teachers because the device is much easier to use and maintain. This improvement has had a huge positive impact on the entire centre, teachers and students! 

We thank you for your generous support of this project!

Best Wishes, 

GVI-Mexico

The Mic-Key that has changed a life
The Mic-Key that has changed a life

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Dear supporter,

In Mexico, we have two partners that we work with very closely to help provide a save environment for Children in Mexico. This past month we were lucky enough to celebrate important milestones with the different organisations and our volunteers.

Save The Children

GVI has been working in partnership with the Save the Children Ludotecas in Playa del Carmen Mexico since 2013, when our community projects began operating in this area. However, the history of Save the Children activities in Quintana Roo dates back 10 years. The main targeted issues pertaining to Save the Children here in Quintana Roo are health and nutrition, education and child protection. With 30% of the state’s population being under the age of 14 along with high rates of child abandonment, addiction and vulnerability to risk factors, the work of Save the Children is now more than ever, dire and crucial.

To celebrate the achievements in the last 10 years and to thank the supporters and partners a cocktail party was held on the 20th of March. GVI representatives had a chance to meet local Save the Children leaders and staff in a ceremonious atmosphere and took the opportunity to reflect and strengthen our partnership in Playa del Carmen.

Integral Care Center

On the subsequent day, another partner, Integral Care Center, celebrated an anniversary commemorating the seven years of service they have provided in order to accommodate the needs of disabled children and youth of Playa del Carmen.  Having started in 2008 as a group of parents coming together a few times a week and training themselves to provide their kids with the best possible support, Integral Care Center has since been transformed into a facility that provides complex and intensive support, catering to the needs of disabled children. The school operates five days a week and provides a range of support therapies such as horse, dog and water therapy. 

GVI commenced the cooperation with Integral Care Centre 2 years ago, since then many volunteers had an opportunity to contribute and dedicate their time and skills to help to improve the lives of the school’s students and at the same time gain a lot of experience and unforgettable memories themselves. It was therefore a big honor for us to be able to be part of the 7th birthday celebration together with all the founders, teachers, students, supporters and friends of Integral Care Centre.

The anniversary celebrations of our partners here in Mexico have been a great way to reflect on our existing work in the volunteer programs here in Playa del Carmen. It has also been a great opportunity to share, plan and discuss our future plans and visions.

Thank you for your continued support.

All the best

GVI Mexico

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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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