Inspiring is key to our work. Talking of social change might sound abstract to many people, or empty of content. Specially for argentinean people that are frustrated for years now waiting for the situation to change. So when we talk about change, the most common response is full of skepticism. This force us to be innovative, creative and very concrete in our actions. Words are 'blown by the wind' argentineans say, so we have to act. And we have lot of ideas.
After putting in place 3 mini libraries earlier this year the impact has been huge. Not only they are still standing in perfect conditions, but most important is that people are actively participating in the maintenance, donating books, taking pictures and asking details to replicate the experience in other districts. We've also seen a lot of media attention thanks to this and an increase of people interested in volunteering and getting involved.
A new initiative we are working on is "El Desafio Festival" will be a 3 days event in where we'll invite people, companies, press, students, hipsters, thinkers, dreamers, sporters, students, leaders and everyone to debate about the creation of a happy city. The space will be open daily and our participants, staff and volunteers will be connecting with guests to tell our story and our actions to make a better place for everyone. Conferences, talks, debates, DJ sessions, art & urban workshops will be in the daily agenda, together with a pop-up restaurant catered by participants of our cooking program. We expect to reach 3000 people during the festival.
So thanks to you, since your support is why we can keep on doing the great work we are doing. All the best!
It’s been two months since we started working again on the e-learning program and the results so far have been really interesting. For the first time the kids where challenged to make a presentation on something that they had developed in groups. They had worked on the “music” issue for a month and it was time to show the results. So one group created a video where they featured the importance and relationship between music and soccer, two of their passions. Another group created a blog where they discussed the history of music and the importance it had in each time. And the last group created a podcast based on their interests trying to mix every music style.
For many of the kids this experience meant listening to classical music for the first time and discovering that Beethoven is not just the name of a lovely dog from a movie. It made them realize that lyrics many times tell a story of a community and that videos weren’t always there.
The second topic they are working on is advertising. And although they hadn’t made their presentation yet, they already discovered that every advert has a meaning, and that not everything on tv is real.
As I always mention in my reports, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on Facebook, Twitter or via mail: email@example.com. Also you can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.
After a little more than a month working together, the kids have now become friends, and their creativity is starting to show. The first two weeks of the month they worked on making boxes that they decorated with a lot of colors and that they will be using to store some of their favorites things, such as jewelry, puzzle pieces and candy.
Once they finished with the boxes they started working on a new challenge, fridge magnets! The first experience, was not a successful one, since the doe they used didn’t get dry at all and not even the oven could fix it by the time we realized of this inconvenient. As you could imagine, it was a little disappointing for the little artists, but they say that practice makes the master, and by the second time they had to mold the doe, the outcomes where much better than the first time and the kids where proud of their second attempt. Next steps, painting and gluing the magnets!
Finally, this year we implemented a curiosity board, essentially a board where the kids can make questions that they always wonder and during the classes, and based on their behavior they earn the right to choose one of those questions and challenge the teacher to answer it. If the teacher doesn’t know the answer, then she has to find it out for the next class and that kids earns the right to ask for a second question. If you would like to help our staff, help us find out how much does a hippo sleeps, what an eraser is made of and how much time does it takes a butterfly to be born.
As usual, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on Facebook, Twitter or via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also you can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.