CEDEJO is currently seeking grants or sponsorship to continue their very important women's empowerment programs.
Due to existing problems in rural communities in the Rivera of Chapala (such as poverty, marginalization of women, domestic violence & women's lack of access to economic resources and information about reproductive rights) CEDEJO has created the “Women: Power of Life” program, which seeks to support the empowerment & development of women in these communities. The program offers specialized training which supports women's health & well-being, promotes equality and gender rights, and gives women resources for them to improve their personal growth and economic development.
Core Topics of Program include:
$180,000 MXN (15,000 MXN/month) covers 9 months of workshops for 1 group of 15-25 women! Click here to make a donation or Contact Us for more details.
According to a March 2016 article posted by the Guadalajara Reporter, "only one in four sexually active teenagers in Jalisco always use a condom, according to the Jalisco youth survey".
“The number of young people that use condoms is around 38 percent,” said Jalisco Youth Institute Director Ramon Morales Sanchez. “Twenty-three percent of respondents say they never use a condom, 22 percent say they almost never do and 17 percent say they use one the majority of times.” Eighteen percent of survey respondents said they did not use condoms because they did not have the money to buy them. In 2015 there were 17,260 pregnant teenagers admitted to hospitals in Jalisco.
(Read the full GR article here: Teenagers shunning condoms).
CEDEJO's Pregnancy Prevention Program
CEDEJO´s PPSAP will attend five of the most needed communities of the Ribera of Chapala by calling and assembling groups of approximately 20 teenagers and young adults in each community. These convokes will be held with the support of the government delegates and the community leaders which will promote the program among the families.
The duration time of the program will be 5 months. In this lapse CEDEJO will work with 5 groups in 5 different communities of the Ribera of Chapala:
Our first program will begin in Spring of 2016 and is proudly sponsored by Beyond the Surface Tours.
Beneficiaries of the program = Approximately 100 young adults (5 groups for up to 20 Young Adults from 14 to 23 years old in each community).
If you'd like to sponsor or help support this program, please contact us today!
CELEBRATING 2014 SUCCESSES
In addition to operating the clinic in Ajijic and providing the free clinic in Tepehua twice a week, CEDEJO also successfully completed an all-volunteer-run (by Mexicana women) pilot project aptly named ‘Mujeres, Poder y Vida’ (‘Women, Power and Life’), which provided over 60 sessions of comprehensive women’s empowerment workshops to the Tepehua community. CEDEJO would like to, eventually, secure funding to continue to offer the empowerment workshops and to expand them to include several other communities around Lakeside.
Another success was the realization of CEDEJO Director's long-time dream of outfitting a mobile health unit in order to be able to visit & provide services to the most vulnerable communities around Lake Chapala. Generous anonymous donors have provided a van for CEDEJO to use twice a week for this purpose. Director Sylvia Flores will begin this program in January 2015.
MAKING NEW CONNECTIONS
CEDEJO also met with visiting representatives from Horizons, a Canadian based non-profit organization committed to promoting social justice and people-centered development in Central America and Mexico. Horizons and CEDEJO are currently in the preliminary stages of exploring possible partnership opportunities.
Lastly, CEDEJO spent many hours in 2014 meeting with numerous officials in Guadalajara and applying for a variety of Mexican government grant programs. CEDEJO hopes these meetings and their efforts will result in some fruitful outcomes.
OUR 2015 CAMPAIGN
To help CEDEJO through the next year and until we can realize some funding through other avenues, please consider donating to our 2015 fundraising campaign.