Stories from the Field and More!
Health Update with Mexico Program Team Member Toña
In the first two months of the year we continued with the health workshops and community presentations on the new water filters and why it is necessary to take care of our water. We stopped these workshops starting in March because of the emergence of the Coronavirus and due to the need to provide essential information to all of the communities on what to do to prevent the virus and if there are cases in the community.
We also knew that the communities were going to close, and some had already done this, so we had to hurry to be able to reach all of them. We made plant remedies to treat the symptoms of this virus and we distributed acetaminophen to all the communities with the promoters, including a small first-aid kit to be able to support them.
What we are seeing is that there are cases but for now, thankfully, all have been similar to flu-like symptoms. As well, because of our community organizing and having promoters in all of the communities, all of the assumed COVID-19 [as there is no testing in the region] patients and any spread have all been well controlled.
Education Update with Concern America Field Volunteers in Mexico, Ilhui and Alicia
This year has been quite strange so far, starting with a lot of work in January and February with the schools. I had a music workshop with those in charge of multiplying the lessons by taking the materials to the regions and secondary schools.
After the workshop with the elder musicians in the region, it was agreed that the best way for the music lessons to reach all the regions was not to do a single workshop in each region with 1 or 2 participants from the area, but rather to send materials that I had prepared for “distance” classes, held in each high school so that it reaches more students. This is difficult, so we started it in regions where they already have teachers who already know a lot about music and that is why they can reproduce the workshops. It was an experiment to see how this new method for the music workshops turned out.
Due to the pandemic, everything related to education in the region was reorganized. We cannot enter the communities for now, as no one from outside is allowed in for safety reasons. Therefore, it was very fortuitous to have already given and practiced these audiovisual materials so that they can continue moving forward on their own in their communities. We learn from this and further improve how to continue to reach everyone with music education.
With the appearance of COVID-19, we had decided to create materials with information about the virus, prevention, what’s happening in the rest of the world, how it affects us here, and how to best isolate ourselves for containment. The schools then could distribute the materials for both students and the rest of the community.