Great period we just finished. Many children signed in for the 2013 project and they are making incredible progress. New children signed in this year for the program and they have been working on different activities. They have been making their own puzzles, 'rolled magazines' boxes, painting and drawing. During the activities there is a safe environment where kids feel comfortable to talk about different issues in their lifes. This has been a great platform to help children to build selfesteem needed to face these issues the best way.Meanwhile, we have been renewing our workspace to make it more creative and fun for the children, so we make sure to estimulate them as much as possible so they can unleash their gifts.Thanks to your generous donation we keep in the road of excellence and development, and we will keep on growing with your help and others. Please help us to spread our story, it's a great way to support us. Also join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information please.Thanks a lot again, till next report!
After holiday season in Argentina (December and January) and well deserved resting period, children and staff are ready to kick off 2013 official activities. But before telling you the renewed plans, a quick update on what happened in the last months.The children finished 2012 in a great way. Attendance rates recorded 83% during the year, which is an all-time record. Thank to the program we could learn more about each child and give them the right tools and environment to develop. We've noticed an improvement in their self esteem and better performances at school. Also, it was quite visible their improvement in communicating to each other with no violence or agrression. Late November we had our yearly presentation in Rosario, Argentina, in where we put together some speakers of our staff, show of the children and volunteers in order to connect with the local public and inspire them to join in our cause. It was a great way to finish the year, nearly 340 people came that day and joined as volunteers or social investors (becoming recurring donors). 2013 is full of new projects: we are renewing our space, adding more children and new objectives too. We are planning to connect even more with parents and the community, and even offering them workshops that give them skills to raise a child in the best possible way (nutrition, cooking classes, urban farming, violence prevention, etc)Thanks to your support we are able to keep on growing every year and children are developing in a healthy environment; avoiding truancy, criminality, early pregnancy and becoming owners of their own destiny. Let's keep on writing together then!
For the past months the kids have working on preparing decoration items for the party the foundation celebrates every year called “Mi Barrio” which means my neighborhood. The idea behind the creation of this items is that the kids can take ownership for the events the foundation organizes for the whole neighborhood.
We are also preparing our yearly presentation in which the children will show all the work they have done this year and we will present our plans for 2013 to the rest of the city.
The program is running smoothly. We are working on monitoring tools to keep track on the progress of the each individual child. In the next report I will more information on this. We are very excited about it.
As we mention on previous reports, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. We are very grateful for your help.
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In this update about the e-learning program I can’t tell you too many new things about the content of the program itself; it is going very well. Our professor Celina is getting help from a great volunteer named Claudia, who is helping a lot.
As I mentioned in the last update, we rented a new space; a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and we are turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. The computer room is almost finished and we got the final design plans for the rest of the place. I included some pictures.
We have been investing a lot in renewing our programs and communication over the last period. It cost a lot of our resources while we were growing rapidly which lead to a period of financial challenges. Your generous donations helped us a lot. Fortunately our investments are really paying off and we are getting more and more social investors in Argentina. Besides that, last week the US embassy let us know they will support our programs, which is amazing news. This month we are organizing our first big fundraising dinner in Rosario, and we expect 100 people to tell them about our activities, network and fund raise by auctioning art from great local artists. If you have other fundraising ideas, please let me know.
As I mentioned in my previous report, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. We are very grateful for your help.
For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me on Facebook, Twitter or via mail:email@example.com. You can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!
Last March we kicked off the activities in our new space. We rented a warehouse located between the two neighborhoods we are working with and turning it into 190sqm of happiness and social innovation. Currently we are renovating our place, so it’s still a bit empty, but the children are back and fill the space with laughter. They really love it and it already feels like a second home.
Besides our home, we have been renovating the programs. A key element for (social) innovation is to always be open to change and being critical to your own work is essential. Not that we made too many mistakes in the past; change is something natural, especially in the work we do. It all comes down to giving the community a bigger voice and more responsibility. It also means including committed volunteers in our programs to cut costs, be more effective, make connections between people from different backgrounds and generate a bigger social impact.
In the case of ‘Garabato’ this means that we have a new volunteer helping our professor Celina, and two of the older children are assisting her as well. Especially this last decision is working out very well, because the younger children really look up to the older ones, who in return learn more about taking responsibility in their lives and passing on their knowledge.
Thanks so much for your generous donations. As I mentioned in my previous report, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. You are really making the difference!
For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me please contact me on Facebook, Twitter or via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!
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