El Desafio Foundation

To create an inclusive society with equal development opportunities that fights the root causes of poverty and promotes civic participation.
May 22, 2014

April- May 2014

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 FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.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.

 

 

 

 

May 22, 2014

Creativity is in the air

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 FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.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.

Apr 21, 2014

Challenges to come

After successfully installation of new minilibraries we are moving forward to our next project which will put in the public agenda some subjects that Argentina is dealing with -not in a very smart way-, like criminality, drug dealers, quaility of public education and youth development. The idea is to make people think about these issues and show what approaches the country and society has been taking about them. We are developing a software and small documentaries for each issue of one and a half minute that will be showned in social media and also with our own tablets walking in the streets and asking people to participate. After the documentary, people will have to take a stand on the issue.

It has been intense this year and thanks to our 50 permanents volunteers we are reaching and inspiring more people to step in and share our dream of a better reality.

Thanks for your support we can keep on innovating and moving forward!

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