During the first week of July, Children had an art activity through which they thought about their dreams. It was a very positive and motivational activity for them and for us; after seeing those dreams we decide to try harder to get resources, volunteers, etc., so many of those dreams come true. SERVE IS A GIFT FROM THE UNIVERSE, SERVE IS A PRIVILEGE.
In the same month, we took the math contest winners to the Water Park in Bogotá; it was a very fun day for all.
In August we reinforce spelling and value appreciation and with great results for the improvement of children.
In september the kids planning a great party for the foundation director, they gave her more than 150 birthday cards
For October, we are planning a Halloween celebration.
What we hope to do in the last quarter of the year is gather funds to pay the Christmas’s party and also gifts for Children, and the dinner for all families in Christmas Eve.
Thanks all of you
During this quarter, we’ve had the opportunity to carry out different activities with children, enabling them to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the areas of math and literacy.
To achieve these objectives we have conducted a contest that ends next June 19th called "WE ALL KNOW HOW MULTIPY AND WIN A TRIP AN AMUSEMENT PARK"
In hand with these activities to develop the intelligence, we performed many recreational and artistic events with the help of a professional expert in the field of education. These allowed us to determine that our children are happy children, that his/hers drawing speak of how good they feel and how loved they are. This achievement is of great proportion for Pintando Caminos because our main aim is that these children be recognized as important and valuable human beings.
For the second half of year, we hope to start a training program with the children’s families.
The goal with this activity is to improve their interaction skills with their children, the family members, and with the probability for the families to get an income and improve their quality of life.
Thanks to all of you who supported us on this semester. We invited you to continue to invest in our project, and also invite all others to feel the privilege of transforming the stories of the children.
During December, we had a lot of activities, we took the kids to the circus, we also celebrate our 10th anniversary celebration space where the kids dance and sing for all the guests and the other kids, was an amazing day where we could understand how we really impacted their lives , we also had the christmas party were we gave them the Christmas present , was very good to get 250 presents (pants, tshirts, shoes and a toy) and to give it to them
Thanks to all the people that help us, 2012 was a very good year for us, we grew, we accomplish our goal and somehow transform the lives of our kids
Starting 2013, we have new challenges, when we open the inscriptions for the new year we received the surprise that more than 100 kids want to be in pintando caminos, especially in our must important project "learn paint and write", we also received the request of some teachers of schools in the area to received kids that have learning problems, that situation show us that what we are doing are making the difference.
To face that situation we decide to make bigger our project, increase the number of kids in each group and received 50 new kids, we feel sorry with the others, but was impossible for us because we don’t have enough space and people to take care of all of them, we told them that we are working in growing a little more, and these is our goal for the 2014, make bigger our house and our team.
During this trimester, we start the homework project, but we also start our recreation project so we are taking the kids every 15 days to a big park 20 block from the pintando’ s house to play soccer, play in the park, jump the cord and have a happy morning with us
We start a new project “ PINTANDO`S EMBASSADORS”, what we want with this project is to have more than 100 new persons committed with pintandos goals (BREAKING THE POVERTY CYCLE) in the 2013 Convinced with that commitment they have with the kids, they will help us talking to their friends and make that at least one of them will help us and sponsor one kid.
Thanks to all of you
We are grateful with all the people that in this period made donations to our project, thanks with all our heart to all of you
We are very happy with all the events that happened in the last 3 months and with the ones that are going to happen in the last part of these year
During October we celebrate the Halloween festivities with the children in two different activities, the ones that are bigger than 6 were invited to a Spa and the little ones had a costume party, those were wonderful days.
On November 20th was our 10th anniversary and we celebrate this special date with a big cake and a party with the kids on the house of the foundation
We also made a big presentation a talent show performed by children on the 8th of December in a school close to pintando caminos, in that show participated 90 kids, they danced, sang, made a puppet presentation was a very good day, the people that support us also were there was a big party with 400 persons
The kids finished the scholar year many of them with very good grades, which means for us that our program of writing and reading is working
We are also satisfied because we accomplish our goal of donations, THANKS GLOBAL GIVING, THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED, we hope we can be more time with global giving, because what they did for us was amazin
we want to share with you our new logo, video and web page, in the next days we are going to have that in english, but we are very proud of the goal accomplished in the 10th aniversary
Over the last three months we have continued working hard to meet the kids educational needs by working to improve writing and reading skills. This has been a hard task, but we have very good results with most of the children – at least they are happy discovering they are capable of improving their skills. We are very satisfied because they are changing the way they think, opening up to the idea that they can do things in a different way.
In these last trimester we did some good activities and projects with the kids. We received some musical instruments as donations from collection that a teenager in a Miami school made. So far we have 2 electric guitars, 2 acoustic guitars, and 1 piano. Without a music instructor, so far we’ve done fun activities were the kids have to make music instruments out of recycled material. Now we are looking for money to hire a music teacher work regularly at Pintando Caminos, maybe even to help the kids form musical groups that play Salsa or Cumbia!
We are also pleased to report that we received a donation in the form of soccer uniforms and soccer balls. With the soccer school currently on hold, we have taken the children to a hill about 40 minutes from Pintando Caminos where there is plenty of open space with grass for the kids to play. Until the soccer school starts up again this has been a good activity to keep up the enthusiasm for soccer and physical exercise.
We are still trying to find and hire a soccer coach for Pintando Caminos and re-open the soccer school. It’s important that the kids learn to enjoy and spend free time doing good things because the potential for involvement in gang activity or different kinds of addictions is very real – the key is giving them alternative opportunities that are fun and healthy.
An external foundation donated some glasses for the children as well, which was nice. At this time we’ve already begun preparations for the big Halloween party. For Christmas we always throw a big celebration where we have presents for every child, so we’ve started the planning for the Christmas gifts as well.
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