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!
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It's summer in Argentina and in humid Rosario temperatures are reaching 38 degrees Celsius. Children are still in school holidays and there is not much activity in the city, everyone is having some relax time in the beach in Brazil or Argentina coast. But for us is completely different.
We've rented a new place of 190sqm in where we are gonna be able to receive 3 times more children and have much more programs for the community. We are working on the renovation of the place together with local architects, engineers, designers and experts that know how important it is to create the right environment to stimulate the kids. Renovations should start end of February and we should be ready by end April.
Our activities however have already started, and the children will come back to the program 1st of March. We are thrilled to know more children will join, it''s a nice mix of adrenaline and excitement.
Last year ended the best possible way. The children were able to show their work in our end year event in front of 400 people. This is a very special moment of the year for the kids and families, where they can show their work and achievements. It's also a good way of building bridges between the society in Argentina, bringing them all together and encouraging to connect in a new way. The public reacted very positive to the work done and we've gained support and donors.
2012 starts quite challenging and we are ready to go, and we would like to thank you for your support and ask you to please stay tuned. We can't succeed without your help!
Last year ended the best possible way. The children making and editing digital videos that later on were shown in our end year event in front of 400 people. This is a very special moment of the year for the kids and families, where they can show their work and achievements. It's also a good way of building bridges between the society in Argentina, bringing them all together and encouraging to connect in a new way. The public reacted very positive to the work done and we've gained support and donors.