THP-Mexico's April 2011 Update to the Global Board
July-December 2010 unfolded with high activity in each of the four states of The Hunger Project (THP)-Mexico. Some highlights include:
1. In Oaxaca, work was done with two different indigenous ethnic groups: Mazatecos and Mixtecos. In the region of Mazatecos, a partnership with the Federal Government Secretary of Social Development (SEDESOL) facilitated a baseline study on how these communities are organized and how they participate in areas that they consider important for their own development.
2. In the region of Mixteca, in the village of Guadalupe Victoria in San Miguel el Grande Municipio, students from the local technological institute have been volunteering with a Participatory Rural Appraisal exercise in which local authorities and village partners are committed to work together to succeed.
3. In Chiapas, after five centuries of ethnic and gender-based exclusion from formal education, partners in the cooperative J’Pas Joloviletik are now reading and writing in their own language (Tsotsil) and learning Spanish.
4. The women of J’Pas Joloviletik applied for a grant given by Mexican Corporations Foundation (FUNDEMEX).
5. In Zacatecas, alongwith the state’s Commission on Gender Equality, THP-Mexico organized the celebration of Rural Women’s Day, in which 600 women participated.
6. In the State of Mexico, we formalized the partnership with the State Government through the State Women´s Commission, in order to teach THP-Mexico principles and methodology to government officials who run two major programs. The follow-up reports showed a 500 percent increase in participation in just three months.
7. Our Advocacy Program continued by joining the Civil Society Consultation Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and attending the annual meeting of the IDB with the Civil Society in Ecuador. In strengthening our partnership with the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, we were invited to be part of the Mexican delegation in the Iberoamerican Civil Society Meeting in Argentina.