Sep 27, 2021

To Lead You Need to Know Yourself

We here at Centro de Compartimiento, A.C. use the Servant Leader model of leadership as proposed by Robert Greenleaf in the early 1970s. As a base course to our program recipients we offer a twelve-week course to help our women understand the ideas of leadership and personal growth needed to become good leaders. For us, leadership is not as much about how you move your people as how well you know your people and help them to move towards growth. To do this one must first understand oneself. Part of our basic course is a brief introduction to the Enneagram theory of personality and growth. We have had women go through our basic program and many wanted to know more. Through the support given to the program through donors like you, we were able to provide a five-session enneagram course with an international presenter and then five weeks of follow-up for the participants to work on a deeper understanding of the Enneagram and their enneatype.

Enneagram proposes nine basic personality types and movement to a higher level of integration and functioning. The main objective is to explore, know and find how to be the best version of yourself. This year we had the opportunity to have a virtual workshop with Dr. Adelaida Harrison who is a professional enneagram consultant, coach, and teacher. The workshop was called "Change of Belief and Enneagram".   During the course, the participants worked on a diagnosis of their life and the areas where they considered that there was an opportunity to improve. Then the women examined the beliefs that are preventing them from achieving their goals.

One participant stated, "It helped a lot to understand that I can get to know myself, to use that knowledge to reach my objectives and projects." The focus then shifted to using this knowledge to have healthier relationships with the people around us. "Facing and getting rid of the beliefs that we have learned without realizing it. Seeing how those beliefs keep us from the best version of ourselves."

After the five-sessions lead by Dr. Harrison Centro de Compartimiento offered a learning circle to work together on specific changes. The course had 25 participants and through generous donations from donors like yourselves, we offered a low to no cost for participants depending on financial need.

This fall we will continue to offer courses online for men and women who want to improve their self-knowledge and leadership skills, to become the leaders their communities need. We will also be offering a course on mental health to support our participants in working through the trauma and grief of this pandemic. Here in southern Mexico, the wave of summer cases was worse than at any other point in the pandemic and more people died in August than any other single month. We are holding our community together through love and support, but we are all limping along together.

Thank you for your generous support, we hope you can continue to walk with us as we change the ideas of leadership here in our region and equip women with the skills they need to become leaders in thier communities. 

Sep 20, 2021


Graduation day
Graduation day

This fall we are entering our third school year with remote learning. No schools in our region are in hybrid or in-person mode at this time as the Delta variant has struck our region hard. It has been a difficult summer for our students. Their small villages had not been affected much by COVID but this summer that changed. Three of our students lost a close relative.
Up until the week before school, there was talk about in-person classes but at the last minute, it was decided to stay online. The systems are getting better and students are used to the rhythm of online learning. The number of students in the house changes from week to week depending on their needs although this week most have returned.
Yet despite the apparent chaos the students are advancing. This summer Amayrani graduated from college with a degree in education. This fulfilled a dream she has had for many years. The year she started her final year of high school she called us to set aside a place for herself in our program. We often get students checking on the program but she kept up regular communication for a year. Now five years later she had graduated from college.
Amayrani was able to stay in her village during her studies, and your support help her have internet so she could continue her classes from home and help her family working in town Thanks to you another young woman who has a brighter future.

Jun 1, 2021


Online Women's Group
Online Women's Group

Educating is welcoming. My twenty-five years in the classroom have taught me It is important and vital that it is to welcome students, not only on the first day of school but every morning when they arrive. Welcoming them is a good way to start the day and connect with them. It also helps create an environment conducive to learning.

Welcome has to do with love, acceptance, joy, rejoicing, liking. Helps develop confidence and security to prepare the process of teaching-learning. Education and welcome are closely linked to growth, development, and transformation.

This is true with children and adults in our programs here at Centro de Compartimiento. In the case of CDC throughout our sixteen years of service, we intentionally give the welcome to each intern, woman, child, youth, or adolescent, all are received with acceptance and love. They find a place prepared for growth and healing. The same hospitality extends to all the services we offer. CDC is that space where questions our program participants can ponder deep questions and where they feel their own power to respond. This transforms into security, strength, empathy, reflection and, listening, key elements for leaders in our times. 

Welcoming has been challenging during the pandemic.  We have had to move our in persona programs online. Our women's group meets every Monday to read together. This spring we chose “The Book of Forgiveness” by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. We highly recommended this material. We were pleased when a group of women who have been working with us for years decided to take the leadership on this book study. 

The book is full of many questions for us in our lives. 

  • Is it possible to forgive and continue to insist that justice be done?
  • What steps must we take to pursue forgiveness?
  • How to fill all the voids in our hearts derived from the fact that we are such fragile people?

The path of forgiveness is not easy. The group learned we must go through swamps of hatred and anger, work our way through pain and loss to find acceptance. The authors propose a fourfold path of forgiveness:

  • Tell the story
  • Name the hurt
  • Grant forgiveness
  • Renew or end the relationship

This is a healing process that must be done in a trustworthy community, in a safe and courageous place, with people who are there to listen without judging, accompany without wanting to rush to advise, but rather let the pain, shame, injustice flow, the pain, the guilt.   This is the kind of community that Centro de Compartimiento strives to provide to women.

Together we realized that forgiving ourselves had been the most difficult process to work through. If we really want to forgive ourselves, we have to do an honest examination of conscience and evaluate our actions and effects. People who genuinely seek forgiveness are those who want to change. They do not want to repeat mistakes of the past. To want genuine self-forgiveness you must be aware if you feel guilt, shame, regret, or remorse for something you did or allowed, that is the starting point. If you are paralyzed by feelings, acts, or situations that have occurred, this is the time to heal and free yourself, participating in a process of self-forgiveness. 

Support from donors like yourself helps us engage women in the processes of healing to realize their potential as leaders in their communities. Thank you for walking with our women and supporting them in this difficult time. 

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