Las Manos de Christine

Our Core Belief Las Manos believes in the power of education to improve the lives of impoverished children. Such children need food and shelter to survive, but to move beyond survival, to permanently change their lives for the better, they need more than this; they need education in a marketable skill. The ability to speak English gives access to stable and well-paying jobs, the kind of jobs that will allow them to support themselves and their families rather than to spend their lives relying on charity. Our Purpose Las Manos exists to support other entities (public schools and NGOs) working to educate children. Typically, charitable schools supply a full education to at risk and deve...
Oct 1, 2014

Update from El Hato

The 2014 school year is coming to an exciting close. We celebrated Independence Day in September with an art contest in Guatemalan symbolism, traditional dance performances, and more.

 

El Hato students of all ages are enjoying the lending library, and now Allie, the Las Manos preschool teacher is working on take home reading packs. The purpose of the packs is to provide easy reading activities the kids can practice with their parents, even if the parents can’t read. They can learn together. Parents will be invited to join their kids each week for demonstrations on how to use the take home learning materials. 

 

We will kick off our Vacation Fun Camp on Oct. 27th, 2014. The schedule is complete with tutoring, story time, sports, art, dance, games and more. 

Jun 16, 2014

Bringing Books to Homes

Visit from AIS
Visit from AIS's 2nd Graders

Since January 2014, Las Manos de Christine has been providing an after school librarian twice per week in the El Hato school library. Students and parents are welcome to check out books to use in their homes. When they return the borrowed book they can exchange it for another. Last week the book borrowing program was expanded to the teenage secondary students who attend afternoon classes. They have quickly taken advantage of the library!

In addition, we are attempting to bring more focus to literacy in our English classes. In kindergarten, first, and second grades, the English teacher has begun making small printable paper books with her classes. The books aline with the weekly themes. The children have fun assembling and reading the books together in class and in the end they have their very own books to bring home.

This month, the Antigua International School's 2nd grade class contributed to our reading program! The AIS 2nd graders read to the El Hato kindergarteners and lead them in a book making activity. In addition, they donated books and supplies for the school library. A fun time was had by all!

Thanks for your support! 

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Mar 9, 2014

Celebrating Carnaval in El Hato

Girls celebrate carnaval with "pica-pica"
Girls celebrate carnaval with "pica-pica"

The following is a postcard from Lydia Sorensen, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Guatemala, about her recent visit to Las Manos de Christine

On March 4th, 2014, the kids are having a particularly hard time concentrating on their work. It’s Carnaval, and here in Guatemala that means that later in the day they will get to hurl handfuls (and empty egg shells full) of confetti on each other. Before that though they have to make it through a few more hours of school.

Up in the town of El Hato, the public primary school bustles with activity during the week. Las Manos de Christine and the public school have been working together for several years now, originally only with English classes but now all types of collaboration is taking place. Thirty-seven preschoolers sing a song about elephants in the classroom that Las Manos built last year; preschools are still relatively rare in Guatemala, especially in rural and poor communities, and by having one in El Hato the school is hoping to be able to decrease the number of students that fail first grade and drop out of school. Down past the new library where Alejandra the librarian is cataloguing books, the first graders are coloring in fish to decorate the English classroom.

Finally it’s time for recess (and for today, the end of classes), and the kids race out into the courtyard. Soon it’s a free-for-all as confetti (or “pica-pica” as it’s called in Guatemala) flies through the air. They happily hurl it on everyone (including visitors) until the ground is rainbow colored, before waving cheerful goodbye’s as they race out of the school and towards home.

Alejandra helps girls check out books
Alejandra helps girls check out books
Coloring in a fish for classroom art
Coloring in a fish for classroom art

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