In May 2020, CIAM Cancún (Women’s Comprehensive Care Center) conducted a study of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents participating in our programs. They reported feeling anger, sadness, and stress. In particular, they expressed frustration with having to study from home: they are overwhelmed by the amount of schoolwork they must complete, are having difficulty adjusting to this new form of learning, and in many cases do not have support from their teachers. Many children are also preoccupied by economic strain within the household, are worried that a family member could become ill with the virus, and report a heightened level of conflict within their homes.
Only by working together can we ensure that children and young people remain healthy, protected, and receiving an education.
Your support will help us to provide recreational spaces that are free of violence, spaces that nurture the emotional wellbeing of children and adolscents coping with the stress of confinement. The “Transforming Emotions” project will benefit more than 60 children and adolescents ranging from 6 to 15-years-old, and more than 40 mothers, fathers, and teachers.
With your support, we can help….
Children and adolescents to:
- Process their emotions so that they might emerge from this moment of confinement stronger. We hope that this period of confinement and its associated stresses will be one stage in their lives, not something that defines them
- Recognize within themselves personal attributes that helped them cope with the stresses of confinement. This recognition is a first step in the development of skills for good conflict management.
- Know how to take care of themselves even when they are in difficult situations.
- Be able to identify the gendered division of household labor carried out during confinement so that they can begin to understand the importance of building relationships based on gender equity.
- Share their experiences of confinement and be able to express what they would like to see changed in their families in order to live free of violence.
- Strengthen empathy, solidarity, and cooperation in their interpersonal relationships
- Complete their school activities so that there is not a delay in their educational acheivement.
- Identify their academic skills in order to imporve their school performance.
- Identify strategies for their children so that they can better express themselves and mediate their emotions.
- Establish a support network.
Who we are
The Women’s Comprehensive Care Center (Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres CIAM Cancún A.C.) is a secular, non-profit Mexican civil organization. CIAM was established in 2002 by Lydia Cacho, a journalist, writer, feminist, and activist. CIAM is committed to defending the Right to a Life Free of Violence, and since 2012 it has redoubled its efforts in the prevention of violence. With more than 10 years of experience caring for women victims of gender-based violence, CIAM operates a training and awareness cente, and promotes creative human development that contibutes to a culture of peace.
Our mission is to educate for peace through a comprehensive educational model. We take asocio-affective approach to building gender equity in our community. We work to share our experience and knowledge of gender-based violence, forming alliances with other organizations and institutions.
How else can you help?
Support the work of CIAM in the following ways:
- With a monetary or in-kind donation
- Becoming a volunteer
- Spreading the word about CIAM and our work
- Providing technical advice
José Ángel Romero Espinosa de los Monteros
Pedro Moncada Jiménez
MARIA ROSA OCHOA AVILA
Nelly Rosaura Roblero de la Cruz
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