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...
Feb 25, 2015

Digital Education and Inclusion to all in Hispania

Everybody is paying attention
Everybody is paying attention

2015 is been started with the right foot. Along with one of our most important allies, the Medellin Library Network, we leaded one training session in the Municipal Library of a rural town in the Antioquia region. Hispania was the place selected for our first workshop of the year, developed in January.

Thanks to your generosity, 13 people could attend to an awareness session and learn about inclusion of people with disabilities in public libraries. During the class, they learned how to use ICT tools, some of them designed to get better access to information and improve the social and economic opportunities of these people.

The goal of the workshop was involve workers, leaders, volunteers and librarians in the creation of an atmosphere open to knowledge where everyone has a place, as they face new ways to get effective communication and know how to incorporate and treat people with disabilities in learning spaces.

All the assistants showed enthusiasm and participated actively in the activities prepared. One of them, was to fit the place of a person with disabilities when he/she has to do something related with his/her disability, like write without hands or read without sight. This gave them the motivation to keep moving forward and help people with disabilities in their community, as they valuate their own capacities.     

With your support, you are changing not just the life of people with disabilities, but the life of the ones surrounding them. At the end of the session, the attendees were aware of the importance of the ICT tools in the inclusion and the role libraries play in the transformation of the way disabilities are seen.

THANKS TO YOU we are not behind the technological wagon, we are inside of it and we want to keep getting more people in. Right now we are designing more workshops to give digital education to youth and old, with and without disabilities. Let’s develop all of them together!

How is to write without hands?
How is to write without hands?
Lets talk about disabilities, ITC and libraries
Lets talk about disabilities, ITC and libraries
Eat without sight, a hard job
Eat without sight, a hard job
Jan 6, 2015

Inclusion for many in rural libraries!

Atendees engage in creative awareness activities
Atendees engage in creative awareness activities

We had a great year. 2014 not only gave us the opportunity to train and give new opportunities to more than 700 beneficiaries, but also brought us a great allies and wonderful donors to continue helping people with disabilities in Colombia to build a better future.  

Thanks to your generosity and along with one of our greatest allies, the Medellin Library Network, we conducted three training sessions aimed to improve access to information and inclusion for people with disabilities in rural libraries in the region of Antioquia. The three small municipalities of Concordia, Carmen de Viboral and Tamesis, were chosen to receive an awareness and methodology training sessions, accessible hardware and multimedia designed to help people with disabilities use ICT tools.  

Around 15 people attended the workshops in each municipality -42 total-. People, who were motivated by the training session, workshops and the new tools available so they can help people with disabilities in their community to gain better access information, communicate more effectively and improve their social and economic opportunities.

The training session was directed to the librarians, community leaders, workers and volunteers from social organizations that work directly with people with disabilities, enriching their knowledge of technological tools and low cost inclusion solutions to foster development and growth in their community.

Sara, our trainer said about the three training sessions “This experience has allow me to witness how with the right motivation the community begins to place more importance on the inclusion of people with disabilities, specially libraries play an important role in this transformation because they become special places of inclusion for everyone to join in” She also heighted how every single one of the attendees finished the training session with a renewed energy to help more people with disabilities in their community and to use technology to change their lives.

She was specially moved by the experience of one women in the Concordia Municipal Library, during one of the disability awareness exercises, where all the attendees were asked to place a blindfold in their eyes and then eat a snack, the woman was visibly moved and crying. When our trainer Sara approached her she told her she did a lot of work with people with visual disabilities and she was also going blind herself and if was a very intense emotional experience to have a true glimpse into the reality of the people she cared for and her own future. The women also expressed how thankful she was to have the aid an opportunities for people with disabilities in the library not only for the people she helped but for her in the future.

Thanks to your generous support and the support of the Medellin Library Network we will continue working with each library individually giving them training in creative and innovative methodologies they can replicate with their community, and also helping them create and action plan for inclusion in the library with the tools and knowledge they receive.

Listening to the awareness training-Concordia
Listening to the awareness training-Concordia
Learning some sign language!
Learning some sign language!
Atendees in the blindfold awereness excercize
Atendees in the blindfold awereness excercize
In the Tamesis library with the blind folds!
In the Tamesis library with the blind folds!
Dec 11, 2014

International Cooperation trainning in the cofee region

Afternoon session everyone is focused!
Afternoon session everyone is focused!

We love when we get to share our knowledge with NGOs in different parts of Colombia. The need of the social sector around the country is so great, that it is wonderful when we get to travel to another region to do capacity-building courses.

Thanks to your generosity and with the help of our allies, we gave a one-day training session on international cooperation and fundraising to more than 20 organizations in Manizales, in the heart of the Colombia coffee-growing region.

Directed to professional in project management, international cooperation, marketing and directors from NGOs in the region, the course provided theoretical tools to understand the changing dynamics of international cooperation and other forms of fundraising, in addition to giving the attendees tools and methodologies for the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for fundraising and international cooperation for social organizations.

Atendee Patricia Marketing Firector for the Pequeño Corazon Foundation -an organization that provides health and family services for children with heart conditions- said about the trainning session, "It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about cooperation and how to relate to donors, there is so much new information coming out everyday it is great to be trainned in how to find and use that information to help our organization do a better job"

On the other hand, Diana, Director of the Unit of Entrepeneurship Development in the Actuar foundation- an organization that supports with loans and trainning entrepeneurs and small business owners- said "I am very grateful to be here and to have learned so much, we are trying to expand our international fundraising efforts and explore applying to international grants next year, this course was the perfect start for our plan"

With your help we can continue providing organizations throughout Colombia with the tools and capabilities to better carry out their missions and serve their communities in a more efficient and effective way.

Discussing the new Sustainable Development Goals
Discussing the new Sustainable Development Goals

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