THE PROJECT IN BRIEF:

A Life with Dignity – Rights and Gender Equity for Indigenous Youth and Adolescents will provide support and tools to the population through educational and productive projects to improve their quality of life and civic awareness, as well as to strengthen their capacities in a sustainable manner

 

CONTEXT:

For many years, the state of Chiapas has had the highest rates of poverty and exclusion in Mexico. The immediate effect is the lack of education and training opportunities, as well as economic opportunities for indigenous youth, which is exacerbated by the short-term vision they and their families have for education. Consequently, labour insertion is disadvantageous.

The economic crisis that has been affecting Mexico and especially Chiapas for many years, and which has worsened over the past two decades, has led to the migration of the indigenous population from the region’s poorest municipalities to the city of San Cristobal; this situation has exacerbated the historical trend of discrimination against the indigenous population, who are perceived as objects of charity and assistance and as criminals and the cause of all the ills afflicting the city of San Cristobal. This discrimination has had the effect of losing the cultural identity and community values of the indigenous people, as an attempt not to suffer contempt and to integrate into a sector of the population that rejects them precisely because of their origin.

 

 

AIM OF THE PROJECT:

Throughout the years of work in Chantiik, a series of care programmes have been structured consisting of several weekly workshops according to the needs expressed by the beneficiaries themselves. The programs are:

-Empowerment in health and prevention: Strengthening in comprehensive health.

-Empowerment in rights and values: Learning and reflection on values such as solidarity, cooperation, respect, honesty, integrity, dignity.

-Empowerment for labour insertion: This program is made up of different workshops all focused on providing tools, so they get better jobs once they enter the job market.

-Empowerment in Information and Communication Technologies: Photography and video workshops.

-School reinforcement: Specific support for homework and schoolwork. Since most of the beneficiaries have dysfunctional family environments, where intra-family violence is a daily problem, psycho-emotional support is given to all beneficiaries and their families as well.

All these programs are based on comprehensive education as a tool for social transformation: the inculcation of humanistic values, in order to contribute to the construction of healthier and more harmonious communities; learning about human rights, so that each beneficiary can exercise, promote and defend them; staying in school and achieving the best possible academic performance, because no other educational space can replace the school; civic awareness and critical thinking, in order to form citizens with full rights but also willing to fully comply with their responsibilities; healthy and conscious eating, as part of the integrality that our body needs, and the psycho-emotional well-being of the beneficiaries and their families.

Todos estos programas se basan en la educación integral como herramienta de transformación social: la inculcación de valores humanísticos, para contribuir a la construcción de comunidades más sanas y armónicas; el aprendizaje de los derechos humanos, para que cada beneficiario pueda ejercerlos, promoverlos y defenderlos; la permanencia en la escuela y el logro del mejor rendimiento académico posible, porque ningún otro espacio educativo puede sustituir a la escuela; la conciencia cívica y el pensamiento crítico, para formar ciudadanos con plenos derechos pero también dispuestos a cumplir cabalmente con sus responsabilidades; la alimentación sana y consciente, como parte de la integralidad que necesita nuestro cuerpo, y el bienestar psicoemocional de los beneficiarios y sus familias.

 

PROJECT MAIN FIGURES:

51 direct beneficiaries

204 indirect beneficiaries