Help 1200 vulnerable children in rural Colombia

 
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Look how the parents participated at the workshops
Look how the parents participated at the workshops

For us, our commitment is not just with the kids, it´s with the parents too. Home is the first place children learn and parents are their first teachers. That’s why, in Juntos Construyendo Futuro, we work for the grown of the entire family as a strong unit of development.

During these months, and thanks to your generosity, we visited 505 beneficiary homes and hosted workshops aim to moms, dads and other family members directly involved with children care in the localities of Fundación and Pivijay, Magdalena. The workshops were about responsible parenting actions and how to preceed in case of rights violations.  All parents were invited and 49,6% actually attended, that’s a good number!

Thanks to your support, they are learning better practices to accompany their kids while the little ones receive our attention in early education, health and nutrition. As you can see, they are happy to participate and excited to be part of this project. Now, children in tough economic, social and affective conditions could have better opportunities starting at home.

None of this could have been done without your help. THANKS AGAIN and we hope to keep counting on you to give vulnerable children in rural Colombia a chance to have a better life. Please share the project with your contacts network and don´t forget to back us up during the upcoming Bonus Day this May 13th.

THANK YOU!

Big smiles for their children!
Big smiles for their children!
All is about commitment
All is about commitment
Aren
Aren't our national parks beautiful?

What did you like to do most as a kid? We bet playing outside was one of your favorite things.

Now, think about the children you are supporting with your donations doing the same: having fun, being fascinated with what they see in the nature and feeling excited of learning new things. Well, your generosity and the amazing job of the members of our organization made this possible for more than 300 children in the Magdalena region. Through different activities, they learned about the environment, animals around them and the importance of preserving nature.

In Pivijay, the kids celebrated the ‘National Parks Day’, a festivity made up by the teachers and educators with the idea of show to boys and girls the relevance of taking care of the wildlife spaces the world has, all this using pictures and boards.

Thanks to your help, the children learned about the nocturnal animals and the night itself, the sundown, moonrise and stars while they went camping. Using tables, blankets and plastic bags, they recreated a tent in the darkness and played at being outside with night creatures around them. They were so excited that all of them wanted to get into the tent at the same time!

Speaking of animals, let’s talk about the ‘Animal's Circus’, a recreational activity the children and families part of the project got the chance to enjoy in El Plato, Magdalena. They witnessed magical plays that show them animals of all shapes and sizes, wild and domestic, and the importance of preserving them, in a very imaginative way.

Education, in different subjects, is an indispensable pillar for the proper development of children. It is a priority for us. That is why we carry out this kind of exercises with them. YOU make this job possible with your support and we are absolutely thankful for that.

So, next time you go outside, look at the sky and think on the smiles you are building in this corner of the world or, if you prefer, just take a look at the pictures below.

Watch out for the nocturnal animals!
Watch out for the nocturnal animals!
Let
Let's get into the cave!
Looks like Halloween around here
Looks like Halloween around here
How many animals do you see?
How many animals do you see?
It
It's time for a dance!
Even teachers dressed up!
Even teachers dressed up!

Thanks to your generous donations we have been developing artistic and recreational activities for vulnerable rural children across the Colombian Atlantic region.This month, the children in two of our programs commemorated and celebrated Columbus Day with fun activities, along with their teachers and families, helping them create bonds and learn about the healthy development. 

In our program in Plato in the Magdalena region, children and youth put on  plays based on fairy tales, where they learned about history and the importance of being proud of ther community and ethnicity. This activities where carefully designed to highlight the importance of diversity in our country and amongst the children as well as the importnace of the healthy use of their free time.

Meanwhile in Pivijay in the north of the Magdalena region, we held the “Different but equal" activity was, where both parents and children had the opportunity to learn about the importance of the different ethnic groups in Colombia, instilling values of respect and diversity. The activities were aimed also to bring a message of non-discrimination especially in older children and teens.

Thanks to your generous donations, our organization has the possibility to provide opportunities for children and teenagers to educate themselves, become aware of the great ethnic diversity of our county and importance of heritage.

Education is an important pillar for the proper development of the personality in children, and so is creating healthy awareness of diversity adn heritage. For us; it is a great joy to perform activities of this nature, that make children want to learn playing and help them become better citizens.

Moreover, these spaces become a chance for families to bond, where they can have fun and share unforgettable moments, that will be kept in the hearts of children and parents forever.

 

Thank you for helping us build these memories with the kids and their families.

We’re sure they’ll keep them in their hearts forever.

They were having so much fun!
They were having so much fun!
What a beautiful fairy!
What a beautiful fairy!
Such good dancers!
Such good dancers!
Smiley faces everywhere :-)
Smiley faces everywhere :-)
The winning team holding up their trophy!
The winning team holding up their trophy!

In one of our most sucessful activities for rural children this year! 25 boys and girls in the rural town of San Andrés de Sotavento, in mountain side region of Cordoba, had the opportunity to demonstrate their physical, motor and intellectual habilities with a variety of challenging games and activities they had never experience in their lives! 

With your help the “Juntos Construyendo Futuro” team planned and created a wonderful adventure trail full of games and dynamics for the kids to enjoy and discover. They were also responsible for guiding the little adventurers though the course and leading them to the final goal, a leasson on team work and values.

The activity was held in the forest near the town, and allowed the participating boys and girls to interact with the environment, learn about safety when walking in the forest and enjoy a beautiful sunny day, while having fun meeting and sharing with other kids from their little town. 

Your generosity and the work of our volunteers made possible to give this amazing experience to children who often don’t get the chance to have fun, and participate in active interactive activities like these, as they generally come from low income families that  does not usually allow them to have time for recreation.

The final goal after each of the physical and mental challenges in the adventure trial, the kids had to piece together the clues they found allong the way, in order to complete a great educational message related to the values they learned during the day. The activity was aimed at promoting teamwork and critical thinking in problem-solve.

The children and teens actively participated and showed great enthusiasm, finally a team of five was crowened winners and champions of the little tournament and receive a little price, we couldn't find happier little hearts anywhre that day. The winning team was so happy the whole town came out to celebrate their victory!

Thanks to your generosity, our organization had the opportunity to carry out activities that can support children in their development and above all they hapiness and healthy growth!

Teams putting a puzzle together as a challenge!
Teams putting a puzzle together as a challenge!
Teams wait exitely for the next challenge!
Teams wait exitely for the next challenge!
Stilts can be very tricky, team work is key!
Stilts can be very tricky, team work is key!
Contestants waiting for the activity to set up
Contestants waiting for the activity to set up
The mimes members of the Art club!
The mimes members of the Art club!

The Art Club in the rural municipalities of Segovia and Remedios in mountainous department of Antioquia, is know many villages and little towns around. Part of the program we do to erradicate child labour and improve development opportinities for children and youth in rural communities, this after school ´clubs´ are the children's best chance to use their time after school to develop their talent. This past few month the club has been practicing miming!

During their lessons, they created a special presentation to teach others about the dangers and disavantages of child labor. And their act got so good their teacher took them on a mini-tour of educations institutions around their municipalities, so that they could ecouraging other students like them, to stay in school and dedicate their free time to development activities instead of working.The group is a huge sucess and they are planning to incorporate dancing to their act!

Parents of the members of the Art Club say they are very proud of them, specially because since they have join the afterschool program they have gain confidence and are not only investing their free time in productive activities that contribute to their community, but they are encouraging other to do so too!

Thanks to your contribution and support, we can continue creating programs like this wonderful Art Club, that changes the life of hundreds of children and teens in rural communities that don't have regular access to sports, artistic and academic opportunities, and asure their integral growth. 

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