WHO ARE THE CHILDREN ATTENDING EDUCAMBIO?
Here are some of their stories as reported by mother educators and program coordinators:
"Jaime just turned seven, his father was killed last December(2012), a month later, his mother was murdered in front of him and his four siblings. The maternal grandmother steps in to care for the children, but can't go out to sell at her stand in the market because Jaime screams and cries when she leaves." She eventually finds out about our program, and brings him to the center.
"Ana Maria is only four, born to 15 and 16 years old parents. She has been tossed around like a ping pong ball between grandmothers after each fight between the parents, who after all, are themselves adolescents. The father brings in a small income, but disappears into gang violence. The mother in despair, drops the child off at the paternal grandmother who brings Ana to the EDUCAMBIO program."
"Armando, six, sleeps with his homeless mother and sister on sidewalks".
THE EDUCAMBIO program brings relief to families dealing with desperate situations. Some comments made by the educators about changes they see in the children after a few months in the program: "He was shy and withdrawn but is beginning to socialize and seek out friendships";
"She was aggressive, breaking everything in sight to draw attention, but is finding ways to gain some self-control; the grandmother is grateful reporting the changes she sees at home".
"He had such a sad looks in his eyes; but is presently coming out of his shell; he even looks physically better."
"He refused to obey, but is now settling into a normal development despite the emotional turmoil at home".
One of the educators says, "it's all about the love they receive from us all", and finding a safe environment where they can develop.
EDUCAMBIO IS about love. It is also about Respect for the Child, developing Trust, bringing Hope, and about a child being accepted for he or she is. EDUCAMBIO is about learning through playing, through discovery, and experimentation. EDUCAMBIO is about freedom with boundaries.
We are training mother educators to guide chidren in this development in both Honduras and El Salvador.
The Hilda Rothschild Foundation (HRF) is bringing the EDUCAMBIO/Montessori program to more than 250 girls and boys from poor families. The first beneficiaries of the program are the Centers for Initial Education at the Sagrado Corazon market and the Mercado Central. HRF works closely with the Municipality of San Salvador, and has also attracted attention from the national Ministry of Education; an Early Start for a Better Life is more and more acknowledged.
The teachers are Montessori guides-women with relatively low levels of education, who have grown through years of training provided by HRF. We are proud of their work and the recognition they receive as professionals: a contribution to the advancement of Women and Girls.
EDUCAMBIO is also bringing about change within the family, where children are often verbally and otherwise abused. As one of the mothers recently reported, her child had said "please stop screaming and calling me names; no one treats me like that at school".
Special thanks to all of you who helped the Hilda Rothschild Foundation (HRF) reach out to nearly 300 poor children in El Salvador through infant and pre-school education.
The program, known as EDUCAMBIO-MONTESSORI, has made great strides forward. In January, in partnership with the Mayor and the Municipality of San Salvador, we established four new programs in early childhood centers associated with two of the major markets of the capital city: Mercado Central and Mercado Sagrado Corazón. We were given magnificent space to develop our initial and pre-school initiatives. These educational centers were recently refurbished through a grant from the Spanish government providing a great environment for the children’s growth development.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the amazing work of our founder and Honorary President, Dr. Lillian Moncada-Davidson, who donated her “vacation” to leading an intensive (8 hours a day) training program for 26 educators. They are now in charge of transforming ordinary day care centers to high qualitty initial education programs with a Montesssori approach.
None of this would be possible without your help: HRF donated the training, new Montessori materials and furnishings for the four programs, and covers the salaries of the supervising educators.
Our goal is to establish two new educational centers annually that will provide a good start to children of disadvantaged families. We look forward to your continued support and interest.