Help underprivileged children code their future

 
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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 e-learning had a stand where they showed the assistants their blog and talked about their experience on the program. Check out some pictures in this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldesafio/sets/72157638551312154/ and the blogs on the following links: www.pibespiolas.tumblr.com www.muchosdesafios.bogspot.com 

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.

As I always mention in my reports, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

Our last quarter has been full of challenges. We had to say goodbye to our program coordinator since he is moving abroad seeking for new adventures, and of course the children were sad to see him go. But as always someone new comes full of new energy and enthusiasm. Our new program coordinator brought new ideas and inspired the kids to  innovate and go beyond their limits. The result was a blog in where all children create, edit and produce content about their reality and their social issues. To do that they had to become 'reporters' covering other events organized by their peers in other programs. Was very fun to see how they built stories, interview their classmates and took pictures in order to make things 'news-worthy'.

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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We just finished our two weeks winter holidays in Argentina, bust since our last report many things have been going on.

So far the experience of working with girls and boys separately have shown it’s benefits. Through social media, watching on line videos and gaming experiences, the girls see the e-learning workshop as a safe environment to talk about difficult topics such as gender violence, sexual behavior, and how to prevent diseases. Another topic that is permanently analyzed are role models, who are they and what makes them worth imitating.

During this period the boys have been focusing on civic participation and on how their actions have impact on others. They’ve been investigating specifically about traffic rules and recycling, and playing with this subjects in different simulation games.

As I have mentioned on previous reports, you are more than welcome to visit us if you are traveling through Argentina and see with your own eyes what you are making possible with your support. We are very grateful for your help.

For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. You can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

Our brand new windows design
Our brand new windows design

Great period we just finished. Many children signed in for the 2013 project and they are making incredible progress. We decided to split the groups based on gender, in order to tackle some issues in a more convenient environment. 

With the girls specifically, we are aiming to give them the space and a safe environment in where they can talk of their private issues comfortable. Thanks to the Elearning program many topics showed up and talked in the workshops: gender violence, discrimination, sexual behaviour, health, role models, etc. All these topics were triggered by gaming experiences, watching videos in the social media and interacting with technology. It was amazing to see how the girls could express their issues and develop and sense of community and group support around them.

Boys in the other hand, were focus in working other topics like civic participation (using Simcity as a tool), realizing about the impact of own actions in others.

Meanwhile, we added 8 laptops to our equipment, and Microsoft and Techsoup donated to us all the licenses for the latest software available in the market. Also, the renewal of our space made great progress and we keep on moving to have the perfect place where children can be properly stimulated and unleash their creativity.

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! 

Elearning day
Elearning day
Elearning day
Elearning day

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 their radio project, in which they created podcasts and shared it with their peers. The experience was very interesting to understand the process of making a radio show: thinking about the content, looking for information, become an expert on the issue, making good questions about the theme and finally communicating it. The children became a true team thinking of their skills, who was better for doing what, etc. The result was great, with deep programs in where they talked about their reality, crime, drugs, etc.

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 equipment to our Elearning program, more children and new objectives too. One decision our team took was to split the teenagers group by gender, that way we will be able to address specific issues for girls or boys in a more comfortable environment.

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!

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Organization

El Desafio Foundation

Papendrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
http://www.eldesafio.org

Project Leader

Mario Raimondi

Rosario, Santa Fe Argentina

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