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...
Jan 16, 2014

A few of our favorite things from 2013

Carlos showing his facebook page at graduation
Carlos showing his facebook page at graduation

2013 was a great year for our project. We trained more than a 190 people with disabilities in the use of technology and ICT to improve their social, economic and educational opportunities. The year was filled with inspirational stories, hardworking students, enthusiastic teachers and incredible proud families and communities.

Our work took us to wonderful rural and small urban communities in Antioquia and the coffee producing region of Colombia (the departments of Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda) teeming with people with disabilities who wanted to learn new skills and experience the world with a freedom rarely offered to them on a day to day basis.  

We encountered incredible heartwarming stories like that of Carlos, a very creative 17 year old young man with cognitive disabilities. Carlos´ current passion is creating wallets, jewelery and art out of recycled materials. As the final project for his ICT course, he created a Facebook fan page for his products with pictures and descriptions of his creations. Beaming with pride he showed the page during his graduation ceremony and announce to the room that his page now had 15 “likes”. 

During the graduation, his mother, Liliana, was visibly crying, when asked about her feelings by one of the members of Makaia, she explained, that she was very proud of her son but she was especially happy to witness his accomplishments. She shared with us that when she was invited to take her son to the course, her husband and her other sons and daughters told her it was a waste of time and didn’t believe that Carlos could learn, now she had something tangible she could show their family and prove them wrong. He now feels like he can accomplish anything!

Other sweet story came from a partnership we did with an institution that works with people with Down syndrome the Luisa Fernanda Foundation, during the day their beneficiaries attend music class, swimming lesson and physical therapy, but thanks to your generous donations now they also have the possibility to learn about computers and technology to strengthen their reading and writing skills. The participants were very happy and loved using the computers to explore the world, while giving the courses, the wonderful people at the Luisa Fernanda Foundation said that it quickly became their favorite class and many didn’t want to leave once the bell rang!

Proud graduates and their families!
Proud graduates and their families!
Carlos (in the gray shirt) and his classmates!
Carlos (in the gray shirt) and his classmates!
A smiling student with his teacher and diploma
A smiling student with his teacher and diploma
So much fun with computers! No one wants to leave!
So much fun with computers! No one wants to leave!
A class waiting for their turn in the computer lab
A class waiting for their turn in the computer lab
Dec 16, 2013

Building Stronger Social Organizations Through Innovative Tools

Our director hard at work in a training session
Our director hard at work in a training session

For social organizations across Colombia and Latin America, it is still an overwhelming challenge to find grants and cooperation opportunities, often, because they lack the tools and training to access relevant information in their own language.

Driven to provide social organizations with the knowledge to overcome this shortcomings, Makaia works every day to inspire other organization to grow and use all the resources available to better serve their beneficiaries. Our goal is to provide tools and training so organizations can strengthen their fundraising, cooperation and technology capacities and improve every day.

With this is mind, Makaia created Nodo Ká, an online cloud based platform to help organizations find cooperation and fundraising opportunities suitable for their work. Nodo ká offers social organizations institutional strengthening tools to increase their social impact and efficiency. 

With your help, Makaia has provided more than 19 training sessions to more than 60 social organizations, with a wide variety of beneficiaries and thematic areas, about how to find and apply to fundraising and cooperation opportunities in an effective manner.

We have taught social organization to take advantage of our mapping tool to help them find, manage and monitor their cooperation opportunities, and give them in-deep knowledge of best practices to construct strong relationship with donors and partners.

The training sessions contribute to our mission of strengthening the capacities of organizations based in Colombia and Latin America, providing personalized support and group trainings. With your donations we have supported organizations with tools and knowledge to:

  • Provide better services to their beneficiaries
  • Be more efficient in the search and use of resources
  • Improve their capacities to find updated and relevant information on grants and fundraising opportunities
  • Expand their work, through the creation of sustainable and scalable projects to present to donors and partners. 

We invite you to share this project with the people you know so we can all build up a strong social sector. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and visit out website

Expert pannel at a Nodoka event
Expert pannel at a Nodoka event
Dec 2, 2013

Help Youth with Disabilities build a better future

Alejandra teaching her ICT course
Alejandra teaching her ICT course

Alejandra is a warm and intelligent 21 year old young woman with a hearing dissability. We first met Alejandra when she came to Makaia as a multimedia technician intern. Alongside other young tecnological leaders, Alejandra created a multimedia aid specifically designed for people with hearing dissabilites, to help them learn the basic parts of a computer and basic actions to use it. From that moment on, we witness how she took on every challenge with tenacity and grace, and she did everything in her power to fulfill herevery objective. 

We have worked with her in various occasions since, and she is always a leader and above all, a great teacher, she is always striving to share all her knowledge with other young people with hearing dissabilities, specially information related to technology as key to generate inclusion.

Two years ago Alejandra permanently joined our team as facilitator of ICT apropiation processes for people with hearing disabilities. This is specially rewarding for us, because we have come to realize that peers and facilitators with disabilities themselves are the ideal teachers for other youth with dissabilities, to carry messages of development and inclusion. 

With your help Alejandra will be able to teach more young people with dissabilities, to foster their inner strengh, independence and self worth and connect them with the world to build a better economic and socilal future for themselves.

ICT for youth with dissabilities
ICT for youth with dissabilities
Alejandra and some of her students
Alejandra and some of her students
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