As the months go by the kids from Garabato continue to create different pieces that they then share with their friends and families. Now it’s time to play, for that they are creating their very own version of the well-known Pictonary game.
This activity came like a huge challenge for the kids, who in fact were a bit frightened at the beginning, but as classes go by, and the board starts to get color, the challenge seems a bit easier. Now it is time to draw in order to win the game!
Another thing we implemented during the past months is a healthier snack, with more fruits and cereals. The first thing we offered were peaches, immediately some of them mentioned that they didn’t like them, but of course never tried them, so after insisting a little, they did and loved them.
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After a little more than a month working together, the kids have now become friends, and their creativity is starting to show. The first two weeks of the month they worked on making boxes that they decorated with a lot of colors and that they will be using to store some of their favorites things, such as jewelry, puzzle pieces and candy.
Once they finished with the boxes they started working on a new challenge, fridge magnets! The first experience, was not a successful one, since the doe they used didn’t get dry at all and not even the oven could fix it by the time we realized of this inconvenient. As you could imagine, it was a little disappointing for the little artists, but they say that practice makes the master, and by the second time they had to mold the doe, the outcomes where much better than the first time and the kids where proud of their second attempt. Next steps, painting and gluing the magnets!
Finally, this year we implemented a curiosity board, essentially a board where the kids can make questions that they always wonder and during the classes, and based on their behavior they earn the right to choose one of those questions and challenge the teacher to answer it. If the teacher doesn’t know the answer, then she has to find it out for the next class and that kids earns the right to ask for a second question. If you would like to help our staff, help us find out how much does a hippo sleeps, what an eraser is made of and how much time does it takes a butterfly to be born.
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We are back from summer holidays and as promised on the last report, I can now share with you how our space looks like after the renovation we did. The space is designed to provide flexibility to our daily activities and to inspire the kids´ creativity.
Besides the renovations during the holiday season we were busy planning the activities for the rest of the year to be fun, inspiring and creative. We also implemented a custom- made information system that allow us to easily track the results of our activities, and the participants’ development.
For this 2014 we have signed in 108 kids in our activities and we still have some more open spots to fill.
As for Garabato, most of the kids didn’t know themselves so they played a lot of games to help them know each other and their names. With that objective in mind, the first activity they made this year was a birthday calendar to put all their new friends date on it.
As we reached the end of 2013, we had our annual event where we shared inspiring stories about the year that was ending, and our plans for the future, where nearly 450 people assisted and the kids from Garabato shared some of the work they’ve done during the classes. Check out some pictures in this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldesafio/sets/72157638551312154/
After the event and before the year ended, the kids made amazing Christmas decoration to give their homes an amazing look and celebrate the holidays.
Now, 2014 had arrived and the kids enjoying the long summer holidays down here, in the meantime, our team is putting a lot of new ideas into paper so that when kids come back we can wow them once again. With that spirit we are making a big renovation for our space that will be kept as a secret for now so that we don’t spoil the surprise. I promise to show you pictures as we put it in place. The other big new project is a new mentoring program that will be available for all the participants and for that we are bringing an expert from the US to Argentina to help us develop the program and train our team to become the best mentors possible.
Spring is finally in Argentina and children are happy to be outdoors. We've celebrated 'spring day' last September with games and a nice picnic at the park. The group have been doing great progress and working on many different art-fields: painting, crafts and recycled-magazines objects for day to day life. The school year in Argentina is winding up and everyone is getting prepared for a long summer holidays, and therefore we have to pay special attention to not lose movitation within the group. To do that we organized once every two weeks a 'game day' in where children have to make a conventional classroom into a playground in where they can play later on. As you can imagine, creativity exploded and children came up with the most amazing ideas in order to play. Meanwhile in the US, our program director Luz Amuchastegui took part of the Global Mentoring program of the US Government for Emerging women leading for development (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IHXop_mie4&feature=youtu.be). During her participation on the program she had the chance to improve her skills and plan some new strategies for the future, and even meeting Oprah and tell our story.
Thanks to your support we could have another quarter of quality activities and we are able to look to the future with more challenges and dreams!All the best to you and looking forward to our next contact.
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