Cristhian is 9 years old and currently lives in one of the most dangerous communities in Panama City.
Cristhian joined us on July 15, 2013 after he auditioned for the program at his local school. As part of the program requirements, the social worker visited his home and found that Cristhian is labeled as a problem child by many of the people who know him. His behavior was so troublesome that in October, school officials decided that it would be best for him to continue his studies from home with assigned learning modules. He was to report to school on Fridays for his physical education class and to turn in assignments.
The Enlaces team did not approve of the action taken by the school officials; not only was it unnecessary to put him out of school but the learning material the teachers had provided was in deplorable conditions. Katty, our social worker, visited the school several times and spoke to nearly all of the officials at the school until he was reinstated.
With more treatment, we realized that Cristhian’s problem came from several sources, including bullying, need for attention, love and an eye problem, which didn’t let him study or focus.
Through a Facebook call for a donation that would help us get Cristhian reading glasses, we were able to test him and buy him a pair of new glasses. The smile on Cristhian’s face is unforgettable to the entire team. The pair of sunglasses helped his self-esteem and his maturity level in school. He was paying attention and doing his homework, which made his mother very happy.
We have started to provide therapy sessions for him and his mother, he is receiving the full benefits of the program: a healthy meal, dance and theater classes, drawing and painting class by a volunteer and academic tutoring.
The smile on Cristhian’s face motivates us all to do this work. His behavior changed radically after only a couple of months with the Enlaces program.
Thanks to you, we can provide these opportunities to kids like Cristhian, if you didn’t follow our work and donate as you do, this wouldn’t be possible.
Let Cristhian’s smiling face motivate you to continue to support Enlaces.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Can you imagine the happiness Domaira felt when she heard that you had sponsored her education?
We gave Domaira the great news that her scholarship had been paid for by a Global Giving donor and she was so thrilled that her eyes began to water. Since she graduated CAPTA, she has been working as a housekeeper in a hotel near her home and doing very well for herself. She has established several goals, including completing her education; so it came as a shock to her to hear that a friend of Fundacion Calicanto would sponsor her.
Domaira studied in a remote area in Panama called Darien and only reached the second grade. She tried to contact the small school where she studied but they could not locate any records for her. Her family has no knowledge of where this documentation could be and without it, she cannot enroll in school. Domaira was very disappointed to learn that this would become another challenge for her but we are keeping her motivated and helping her find other alternatives. She is now contacting the Ministry of Education to see if they can help her find the documentation she needs.
Unfortunately, not all stories can always be great stories. Fundacion Calicanto is helping Domaira as much as possible to guide her in the right direction and we are searching for schools that will allow her to enroll without transcripts. We are considering, having her start from first grade since this search has not lead us to any documentation that will prove she studied at all.
As a donor and a person clearly interested in supporting this young girl complete her education, I ask you to be a little more patient. We are searching all possible avenues to enroll Domaira in school but it may be another month until we get any clear response from the Ministry of Education.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fundacioncalicanto.org
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