El Desafio Foundation

To create an inclusive society with equal development opportunities that fights the root causes of poverty and promotes civic participation.
Aug 10, 2012

Garabato. 2nd Quarter 2012

In this update about the e-learning program I can’t tell you too many new things about the content of the program itself; it is going very well. Our professor Celina is getting help from a great volunteer named Claudia, who is helping a lot. 

As I mentioned in the last update, we rented a new space; a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and we are turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. The computer room is almost finished and we got the final design plans for the rest of the place. I included some pictures.

We have been investing a lot in renewing our programs and communication over the last period. It cost a lot of our resources while we were growing rapidly which lead to a period of financial challenges. Your generous donations helped us a lot. Fortunately our investments are really paying off and we are getting more and more social investors in Argentina. Besides that, last week the US embassy let us know they will support our programs, which is amazing news. This month we are organizing our first big fundraising dinner in Rosario, and we expect 100 people to tell them about our activities, network and fund raise by auctioning art from great local artists. If you have other fundraising ideas, please let me know.

As I mentioned in my previous report, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. We are very grateful for your help.

For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail:jorn.wemmenhove@eldesafio.org. You can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!

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May 15, 2012

E-learning. 1st Quarter 2012

Our new place
Our new place

Last March we kicked off the activities in our new space. We rented a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. Currently we are renovating our place, so it’s still a bit empty, but the children are back and fill the space with laughter. They really love it and it already feels like a second home.

Besides our home, we have been renovating the programs. A key element for (social) innovation is to always be open to change and being critical to your own work is essential. Not that we made too many mistakes in the past; change is something natural, especially in the work we do. It all comes down to giving the community a bigger voice and more responsibility. It also means including committed volunteers in our programs to cut costs, be more effective, make connections between people from different background and generate a bigger social impact.

In the case of ‘E-learning’ this means that we have new volunteer helping our professor Julieta. The e-learning program is a quite challenging program, because there are big differences in digital knowledge and basic skills like reading and writing. For example, some younger kids are more ‘digital native’ than older, but lack the skills to read or write, and in the older group there are big differences in digital knowledge. We are increasingly focusing on making the children ‘media wise’. The media landscape in Argentina is still dominated by television, but increasingly social media networks like Facebook are gaining importance. We want the children to understand that what is said or written in the media is not necessarily the truth. To develop a critical view is the ultimate goal. The internet is often still seen as something that can harm kids, and we definitely work on these possible dangers, but it offers more possibilities to get different viewpoints on what a centralized medium like television claims as the Truth. The first stage of the program consists of getting to know better the media knowledge of the children and explaining them the basics of communication. We did not even use the computer yet – not only because we are currently renovating the e-learning room.

Thanks so much for your generous donations. As I mentioned in my previous report, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. You are really making the difference! 

For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me please contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: jorn.wemmenhove@eldesafio.org. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!

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May 14, 2012

Garabato. 1st Quarter 2012

Our new place
Our new place

Last March we kicked off the activities in our new space. We rented a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. Currently we are renovating our place, so it’s still a bit empty, but the children are back and fill the space with laughter. They really love it and it already feels like a second home.

Besides our home, we have been renovating the programs. A key element for (social) innovation is to always be open to change and being critical to your own work is essential. Not that we made too many mistakes in the past; change is something natural, especially in the work we do. It all comes down to giving the community a bigger voice and more responsibility. It also means including committed volunteers in our programs to cut costs, be more effective, make connections between people from different backgrounds and generate a bigger social impact.

In the case of ‘Garabato’ this means that we have a new volunteer helping our professor Celina, and two of the older children are assisting her as well. Especially this last decision is working out very well, because the younger children really look up to the older ones, who in return learn more about taking responsibility in their lives and passing on their knowledge.

Thanks so much for your generous donations. As I mentioned in my previous report, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. You are really making the difference! 

For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me please contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: jorn.wemmenhove@eldesafio.org. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!

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