Hello dear friends,
As you well know, CONEXION is a project that Fundacion Calicanto created in order to follow up with our beneficiaries and provide additional training and tools for all members of the Calicanto community.
As I mentioned in the last report, we would be starting our first CONEXION program with the very first “Parent’s Club” in this community. The parent’s club will provide workshops for parents focusing on parental responsibility, self-esteem, a values-based education, and discipline, among other topics needed by this community. The training workshops for parents will be held monthly and our goal is to improve parent-child relationships and make parents aware of their children’s needs.
On May 8, we will also begin our usual English and Computer clubs, which target the CAPTA women who have graduated from our courses. They will receive as usual, basic English courses focused on hospitality terminology and basic computer use courses.
I would also like to mention that Mother's day is around the corner, and you can help us raise more funds for this project or other Fundacion Calicanto projects (CAPTA, ENLACES or RESTAURA) by purchasing a tribute card for your mother and celebrating this joyous day with Fundacion Calicanto.
Do something different this year, and show your mother just how much you love her with a tribute card.
Roderick 13, and Reyes 12, (the two young kids at the front) for the first time become Teacher Assistants for a Contemporary Dance class to their peers from our neighbor NGO: APROJUSAN. Roderick and Reyes are two of the oldest kids in Enlaces and have proved themselves to not only have the technical discipline to set an example, but also to show commitment, responsibility and passion worth to inspire kids their age and older.
On the following video, we see Reyes again with his partner Ginger, presenting a duo they created by themselves. They were assigned a specific music and allowed 20 minutes to create a piece together. The result was an innocent display of how advanced they are in creating a piece that reinforces aspects such as coordination, communication, respect to the partner’s body and physicality and synergy. Reyes and Ginger are also from the first group that began Enlaces in 2010.
The first CAPTA course for the year takes off with 23 women in search of new opportunities. The recruitment for this course was not easy; the women we found interested in the course faced several obstacles and were not sure they could participate. With the start of the school year, most of the women were preparing their children for school and did not have the means to purchase school materials and uniforms. This is a troubling situation for these women, who often want to take advantage of opportunities from organizations like Fundacion Calicanto but can’t stop working to provide for their families. Our CAPTA coordinator Nefthaly Montenegro had the excellent idea of asking for community donations in the form of school materials, books, and uniforms; the results were amazing! Different members of the community we serve, came into our offices and dropped off backpacks, shoes, uniforms, pens and pencils, and anything you can imagine a child could use in school. Each woman received enough donations to cover their expenses for their children’s school year!
This year, CAPTA also counts with the support of a prestigious local dental clinic, owned by Dr. Richard Ford, who has pledged to provide “perfect smiles” to three girls from each course. Dr. Ford will provide at no cost, all treatments and surgical necessities to improve dental hygiene and cosmetic appearance. This important alliance is evidence that changes and opportunities can come from several avenues and it proves that if different sectors join and cooperate, we can provide much more than we could alone.
We have started CAPTA this year with new supporters, who like you believe in the program and the opportunities it creates. Fundacion Calicanto’s President Hildegard Vasquez says, “When you change the life of a woman, you change her family, her community, and the country;” I want you to know that you are part of this process.