It's winter in Argentina. Normally this makes the attendance go down a bit, because rain and thunder storms turn some of the bad roads into pools of mud. But this year winter is not that bad and the children really enjoy the programs and make an extra effort to come.
As we mentioned in the previous report, new children joined us and so we split up the group in two (youngest to oldest children). We don't necessarily believe that splitting up by age gives the best results, it's a bit an old-fashioned view on education, but the new group dynamics do give different and interesting views on the kids' development. It's amazing to see how the children welcome new kids into the group and basically give them a crash course on the values we work with at El Desafío.
Last month we went on our first trip to the mountains in the province of Cordoba. In order to work for it together, we organized a lottery with the families to raise some money. After we successfully finished the lottery and counted the money, we found out we raised more money than the value of what we sold. Later we found out that one of the children told one of our staff members his grandma gave him 2 pesos because he did his best at school, and his father gave him 5 pesos as well, but he wanted to donate them to the foundation. He said the money had more value if we could all profit from it. Hearing this from an 8 year old living in very challenging circumstances is just filling your heart with joy.
So with 5 pesos, and a lot of love extra, we had a fantastic trip. None of the children had ever seen the mountains before and they could not believe their eyes. It's great to be able to have these experiences as a group and widen the horizon of kids who normally don't get out of their neighborhood. It gives them reasons to believe and dreams to work for.
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Thanks a lot again and all the best!
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