MAKAIA

Makaia is a non-profit organization that promotes the institutional strengthening of civil society organizations, local authorities, other non-profit organizations and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives committed with the social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The institutional strengthening of these organizations requires to build and improve their capacities to provide better services, to be more effective mobilizing resources, to monitor and evaluate projects and to have up to date and relevant information according to the national and international context. Makaia means "to build" or "make" in Miskito (Indigenous Language from Hon...
Jul 11, 2014

Discover the life changing training session you help made a reality!

Aerial view of the training session!
Aerial view of the training session!

We have the best news!  As you may know from our last report, we had planned to give 3 training sessions, one each for a library, a telecentre and a social organization. A person could choose one of the different programs we offer, according to the relevant group of people in their communities, which would be taught the use of the ICT tools to improve their quality of life and inclusion in society.

Thanks to your generous donations, our training aimed at one library spread further than we had planned!

In search of the library that we were going to choose for the training, we contacted the Library Network (a program of the EPM Foundation) and the Medellin Library System, who were delighted to partner up with MAKAIA to make our training even broarder, highlighting the importance of training trainers, extending the invitation, not to one library to gain the skills to bring inclusion to their community, but to all librarians and library professionals in the city!

The Library Network (a program of the EPM Foundation) and the Medellin Library System chose our training session for people with visual disabilites, that taught librarians and library professionals not only how to approach and interact with this target populations, but also how to use the JAWS software, that allows blind or visually impared people to use any computer and navigate the web, and teach others.

The training was held on June 25th at the EPM Library, providing at first an overview of how to work with people with a visual impairment, then exploring software features, the process of downloading, installing and custom settings for anyone who intends to use the program, and finally there was a practical stage in which browser exercises were held, just for them to know the basic commands and functioning.

Luis David Elorza, MAKAIA trainer and leader of the process, says "is not enough to generate access, meaning physical and technical conditions for people with disabilities on how to use computers and softwares, but it is equally important, to generate accessibility for people with disability and this training sessions give us the opportunity to bring forth that accesibility."

On the other hand, Liliana Martinez, one of the participants in the event of the Libraries System CONFAMA said: "In our libraries we don’t have a concrete approach or project for visually and hearing disabled people, but as a library we feel the duty to provide these spaces for inclusion, that’s why it’s so important for me to have this experience, because apart from being at a training, it was a life changing experience that shows us the ways to have inclusive and respectful projects that can mark a difference. Through this experience I realized all the potential that people with disabilities have”.

These are great news, because now the program will have a greater range and will be used and learned all over the city, creating new and wide opportunities for inclusion. Giving people with disabilities in Medellín a chance to expand their knowledge, study and even create their own business. Thanks to your generosity they now can access more than 19 libraries that can provide them with skills to change their life.

Training under way!
Training under way!
Trainner and trainees from 19 libraries
Trainner and trainees from 19 libraries
Everyone is learning!
Everyone is learning!
Everyone is really focus in learning!
Everyone is really focus in learning!

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Jun 12, 2014

Discover what happened in our New ICT course for NGOs!

In the first session!
In the first session!

In MAKAIA we believe in the power of technology to empower and strengthen social organizations. We aim to create truly transformative courses, and give social organizations, tools and information they could not access in any other way.

This is why, with your help, we carried out our newest Global Giving-funded training course "ICT in a Social Organization: Why use it? And What for?” An 8 hour course that aimed to provide theoretical tools to understand the uses of ICT for social change, as well as the information on the strategic everyday use these tools with social organizations, to help them understand how this knowledge can improve their community impact, visibility and fundraising.

Thanks to your donations, we were able to organize and carry-out an 8 hour course, held on May 7th, at the San Javier Library Park in Medellín, attended by 11 carefully selected organizations that had great need and a great attitude towards learning!

Representatives of the participating organizations, actively engaged in both the theoretical part of the course to understand the strategic issues of the use of ICT in social organizations, and a practical portion of the course where we taught them how to thoroughly utilize the tools to further their organization’s work. Later that same week each organization received individualized counseling on how to better use the knowledge and ICT in their day to day work.

The course offered an exploration of the relevance of ICT for development and social change, and trained participants in the use of tools and methodologies for the appropriate use of ICT everyday in their social organization and their development projects.

Attendees where very excited about the course content since the first trainning sessions, on the course content, and expressed how this was a rare opportunity for people in the social sector in Medellín and the importance of learning  to analyze other content related to ICT tools in everyday social organizations and communications processes.

Maria Juliana from Artesas said, “This course was an incredible opportunity, I especially enjoyed the course about how to use email more efficiently and how to create electronic newsletters for my organization, some of those tools we could have never found in any other way”

Oscar from Fundación Las Golondrina expresses “I am grateful for this opportunity is amazing how many things we can use to make our work more efficient and how many tools we were missing! Thank you!”

Course on electronic newsletters!
Course on electronic newsletters!
An attentive class!
An attentive class!
Everyone had their own computer to practice!
Everyone had their own computer to practice!

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May 29, 2014

Meet Dora and How technology change her life!

Dora (in the blue shirt) and her teacher Sofia
Dora (in the blue shirt) and her teacher Sofia

Dora is 25, she lives in the Villa Hermosa, one of the biggest slums in the mountains of Medellín, Colombia. Dora has a visual dissability and suffers from epilepsy, which has prevented her from studying and getting a good job. For a few year now, she has being receiving  trainning and counseling at a local NGO Fundación Amigos con Calor Humano, and we met her there when we took our digital education trainning to the NGO.

Dora is a fighter, and her dissabilities have never stop her, as she says herself " I always find a way not seeing has never stop me I know I can do anything if I work hard enough, right now I am selling clothes door to door with a catalogue, and I can pay for my food, clothes and have money to take the bus to go to counceling and keep going to the workshops and trainning they have "

She is a dreamer and hardworker, right know she is taking a course in entrepenurship and her dream is to open a hotel for people with dissabilities, about her dream she says "it has not been easy, I have sent proposal to organizations that support small business and banks and they had all said no, but I persisit someone somewhere will believe my idea is great ".

Dora loves to study and learn, that why she is always the first to sign up when the NGO she get her counceling from offers  new courses, when she heard abou the technology course MAKAIA was providing for people with dissabilities, thanks to the resources from our Global Giving project, she signed up imediately.

She told us she had attended other courses on the basic use of computers before, but MAKAIA's has been the only one that had truly empower her to use technology to make her dream a reality, on her experience she said "Our teacher Sofía, was incredible she also has a dissability and has come to previous workshops as a student, if she knows so much, maybe one day I can be a teacher too and help others, one of my favorite parts of the trainning was being able to help others that had never used a computer before, since I had a little trainning I became like her teaching assistant!"

"The course was great" Dora said "it  was very clear and explained everything step by step, and is it not only about using a computer but using that knowledge and apply it in other courses like the one I am doing now on how to create a business, it was easier to see the ideas more clearly in other lessons and do our homework, I still see my teacher Sofía from time to time, and we encourage others from the group we see around to review" Dora also shared that the course allowed her to learn how to use the internet in the specially adapted computers the NGO has. The knowledge you help us give TO Dora and her friends allow them not only she to find new opportunities, but to feel useful and empowered.

Dora uses a magnifying glass to use computers and mobile phone but this never stops her from using technology to the fullest, she told us since she attended the course she has learn how to use Facebook to talk to her friends, and twitter to get the news, she has even began looking at potos on Instagram, she says she is not yet brave enough to post lost of things but she loves how tecnology has made her life better, allow her to dream big and keep in touch with family and friends. 

Your support has been invaluable to make stories like Dora's a reality everyday, people like her are our inspiration and their bravery and streght motivate us to continue giving trainning programs so more and more people can get better oportunities, create businesses and improve their livelyhood. And more importantly be empowered and feel unstoppable.

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