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...
Apr 7, 2015

Caring the environment is part of the inclusion!

In Concordia, they know about inclusion
In Concordia, they know about inclusion

2015 has been, so far, a great year for us and, of course, for our beneficiaries. Thanks to your help we have been working on projects related with helping youth and people with disabilities get a better way of living through the ITC in this period.

Right now, we are getting ready to face a new part of this excited project.  As part of our preparation for the next rounds of the training sessions to improve the access to information and inclusion for people with disabilities in rural libraries in the region of Antioquia, our project leaders, Sara Lizarralde, Camila Urbina and Ana Isabel Restrepo, participated in a workshop, hosted by Margarita Maria Vallejo, from the organization Portafolio Verde (Green Portfolio in English).

For what? Well, the meeting was aimed for our team to learn responsible and friendly practices with the environment as well as recognize the role of public libraries in the appropriation of such practices. Our leaders will replicate their new knowledge in the communities they work with, especially among the people with disabilities.

Your generosity is giving us an awesome opportunity to keep working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, this time in social matters as the caring of the environment. We do not have words to THANK YOU enough.  

But is not over yet.  Along with the workshop, during the past months, the second round of training related to the project, product of a partnership between MAKAIA and the Library Network of Medellín, a program of the EPM Foundation, were held in Concordia and Támesis, two municipalities of Antioquia. We are hoping to have a couple more sessions in 2015 and we are sure we can do it with your support. THANKS again for your big help! 

In Tamesis, they know about it too
In Tamesis, they know about it too
Our team getting new knowledge!
Our team getting new knowledge!
Our project leaders, Camila, Sara and Ana
Our project leaders, Camila, Sara and Ana
They are ready to replicate what they learned
They are ready to replicate what they learned
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

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