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...
Mar 11, 2015

Learning to be better!

Our teachers came for Washington D.C. to Medellin
Our teachers came for Washington D.C. to Medellin

It is not a secret that when you want to talk about something propriety, you should get prepared first. That is exactly what we did last month along with 42 more people from 29 different social organizations in Medellín.

Thanks to your generosity, two of our team members took the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program* from Georgetown University, organized and brought to Colombia by Federación Antioqueña de ONG’s (FAONG - NGO Federation of Antioquia) and thanks to the contacts network of our Executive Director, and also vice-president of the Federation, Catalina Escobar, who took the curse herself, in Washington D.C., a few years ago.

Since our main goal with this project is strengthen the capacities of nonprofit and civil society entities, social enterprises, and local governments, in Colombia and Latin America, we need to work in our own improvement as well. This course allowed us, and all the other participants, to consolidate our capacity to leader and manage internal processes and projects we are working at.

It was very excited for us to receive 4 of the best teachers of the Center For Public and Nonprofit Leadership of Georgetown University here in town. We learned a lot from them, their wide knowledge of the sector and the characteristics of high-impact nonprofits around the world.

Using an experimental leadership lab method, they took us thought topics as governance, strategic planning, fundraising, negotiations, financial management, human resources, networking, volunteer management, marketing, communications and more, giving us an update on the skills necessary to respond possible issues we may face some time now or in the future.

After the classes we felt full of new knowledge and ready to replicate it across organizations. THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT we could afford the course and, now, we can keep working for the nonprofit capacity building in Latin America and the strengthening of the social sector in the region. THANKS AGAIN for believing in what we do!

*The Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program had the support of Cámara de Comercio de Medellín para Antioquia, Fundación Fraternidad Medellín, Fundación Las Américas and Universidad EAFIT-EAFIT Social.

Having a networking practice
Having a networking practice
We did it!
We did it!
Learning more about fundraising
Learning more about fundraising
It is time to learn more about nonprofits
It is time to learn more about nonprofits
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!

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