As the classes unfold, the kids begin to understand what the program is all about and start to create their own vision and opinion on different topics, they have made a lot of progress expressing their ideas and started a blog where they report on the news from the different activities that occur in El Desafío.
Creating a news blog, means that the kids need to be focusing on creating visual content, making questions to other participants and teachers and taking notes about it. Also putting it all together brings up some discussions on what are the priorities in terms of what should go first and what second.
The blog, also allows the opportunity of exploring different leadership roles, such as editor, or head of visual content, that we are still working on to determine the best way to implement it so that every kid has the chance of taking over that responsibility.
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As the months go by the kids from Garabato continue to create different pieces that they then share with their friends and families. Now it’s time to play, for that they are creating their very own version of the well-known Pictonary game.
This activity came like a huge challenge for the kids, who in fact were a bit frightened at the beginning, but as classes go by, and the board starts to get color, the challenge seems a bit easier. Now it is time to draw in order to win the game!
Another thing we implemented during the past months is a healthier snack, with more fruits and cereals. The first thing we offered were peaches, immediately some of them mentioned that they didn’t like them, but of course never tried them, so after insisting a little, they did and loved them.
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!