The uncertain economic situation is a constant that affects the families of our program.
One of the ways that helps us mitigate this problem is offering them a scholarship. This is done through the sponsor system, which offers a $600-pesos full monthly scholarship. The contributions are used for the benefit of the minor, who receives $200 pesos monthly at MESE facilities. The rest of the scholarship money is applied toward the monitoring and care of the child and his family.
This issue prevents the minors from experiencing a healthy development and a good academic performance.
To help reduce this problem, a food supply is delivered monthly to the beneficiaries with basic nutritional products, which are granted by the Municipal DIF (National System for the Development of the Families). Talks and nutrition courses are also given in by a specialist in the social work area. These are followed-up with periodic medical check-ups, in which height and weight of the minors are recorded. The registration of the beneficiary families in the Seguro Popular (national free medical care) is also sought-out.
The fundamental objective of our program is that the children are permanently motivated to study and to seek personal self-development.
In order to motivate minors to study, we provide remedial courses, reading workshops, film debates, sports and computer, English and music classes. The summer course and summer camp serve to help motivate the children to continue studying.
The lack of confidence in their own abilities tends to discourage families from continually striving to achieve a full, integral development.
In order to reinforce self-esteem in minors and their parents, we offer them workshops, psychological care and family therapy.
This is a problem that seriously affects some of the beneficiary families and that directly affects the children’s school performance.
To prevent and ease this problem, families are provided with workshops, psychological care and family therapy.
A lack of basic values is one of the problems that hinders the healthy coexistence of families, both, internally and with the rest of the society.
To strengthen the formation of values, philosophy classes are taught; workshops and family therapy are provided, as well.
The unemployment of parents is a factor that hinders good school performance of the minors.
To help solve this problem, various activities have been carried out, such as workshops for making bags or preparing jams. It has also been seen as necessary to develop a “job bank” and to get support through INEA (National Institute for the Adults Education). This will allow the parents to be educated and trained to improve their income.
One of the primary causes of school-dropouts is the rate of teen-pregnancy.
To prevent this situation, adolescents are invited to sex education workshops and are provided with psychological counseling.
These addictions inhibit the full development of people’s intellectual and physical capacities.
To prevent and address this problem, families are provided with workshops, psychological care, family therapy, and are referred to different institutions.
A considerable percentage of the homes of our beneficiaries are in a very precarious situation: built with wood, sheet metal and cardboard, as well as dirt floors. They also lack basic services such as water, electricity and drainage. In addition, they do not have adequate furniture, and the reduced spaces encourage overcrowding that considerably affect their quality of life.
To improve the housing conditions, families are supplied with some furniture and materials: cardboard, doors, windows, etc.
Some of the factors that affect the quality of life of the beneficiaries is the lack of adequate clothing, and warm clothes for winter.
The beneficiaries are regularly provided with access to clothes through second-hand shops and, once a year, they are also given blankets or warm clothes.