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The majority of the children that are welcome into our institution are living in a very precarious emotional state, given the many breaches of their rights they have endured. This explains why studying is the farthest thing from their mind and interest. “Learning with a broken and wrinkled heart is impossible”, explains Pilar one of the teachers at CRAN. This explains why our staff surround each children with care and love, listening to them and walking hand in hand with each one to find his/her abilities and particular skills. Such is the case of Fernando, a loving 10 year old boy, tall and strong who during his first stage in CRAN undertook the usual activities for a child his age, such as drawing, cutting or scratching in a blunt and inconstant manner. Little by little and at his own pace, interacting with his friends, teachers and other persons in CRAN, Fernando acquired the skills and abilities to be able to carry himself normally in the day-to-day. Soon he also showed his taste for dance and sports. He discovered that teaching his friends how to dance made him happy and he was the leader in the preparation of shows for celebrations and special days such as Teacher’s Day. Thanks to your contributions in GlobalGiving we can offer Fernando and all children we host and take care of, an environment that allows them to unravel their full potential and the possibility to grow happy in the wait to regain their right to have a loving and caring family. Please keep on supporting our project and to share it with all your friends and family. Thanks for building together with us a better world for everyone!
La gran mayoría de los niños que ingresan a nuestra institución se encuentran viviendo una situación emocional muy compleja, dadas las circunstancias de vulneración de sus derechos por las que han pasado. Por eso es comprensible que estudiar sea lo que menos quieran.
“Cuando los niños tienen su corazón arrugado, no pueden aprender”, nos explica Pilar, pedagoga de CRAN. De allí que nuestros profesionales rodeen con afecto a cada niño, lo escuchen y acompañen para hallar sus habilidades y potencialidades particulares.
Es el caso de Fernando, un niño amoroso de 10 años, alto y fuerte, que cuando llegó a CRAN asumía las actividades propias de un niño de su edad, como dibujar, recortar o rasgar, con mucha brusquedad y sin constancia.
Poco a poco, a su ritmo, en la interacción con sus amigos, profesores y demás colaboradores de CRAN, Fernando adquirió las destrezas para poder desenvolverse con normalidad en la cotidianidad.
Pronto también en él se reveló su gusto por el baile y por los deportes. Descubrió que lo hacía muy feliz enseñar a sus amigos a bailar y en su colegio lideraba las presentaciones en las celebraciones y los días especiales como el Día del Maestro.
Gracias a tus aportes en GlobalGiving, podemos brindarles a Fernando y a todos los niños que acogemos y cuidamos un entorno donde desaten todo su potencial y crezcan felices mientras recuperan su derecho a tener una familia que los ame y los cuide.
Te invitamos a seguir contribuyendo con nuestro proyecto y a difundirlo con tus amigos y familiares.
¡Gracias por construir con nosotros un mundo mejor para todos!
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"The “baby flowers” are so beautiful" says María, a five-year old girl when she sees the first thyme blossoms she planted herself. María and other children from CRAN have started an orchard together with some students of Santa Ana School in Bogotá. They have used hand-painted recycled bottles to plant spices and herbs. And they have started to blossom!!! Santa Ana’s students explain to the children the many benefits they can get from the plants and their main uses. According to Pilar, the teacher from our institutional home, the orchard is part of the therapeutic process of the children since it gives them tools for live and teaches them about the importance of the ethics of taking care: taking care of oneself and of others, of things that are common property and of the environment. Thanks to your generosity and solidarity our children can get hold of the elements required to participate in educative activities which represent an alternative to academic scholastic tasks. Thanks to you in CRAN we can guarantee our children a protective, nutritious and caregiver environment that will allow them to develop their full potential whilst recovering their right to being part of a loving family. Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts!!
¡Sembrando vida y esperanza!
“Tan bonitas las florecitas bebés”, dice María, de 5 años, cuando ve los primeros brotes del tomillo que ella misma sembró. María y otros niños de CRAN han hecho una huerta en compañía de un grupo de estudiantes del Colegio Santa Ana en Bogotá. En botellas recicladas pintadas a mano sembraron hierbas aromáticas y especias. ¡Y ya han empezado a retoñar!
Además, las estudiantes les explican a los niños los beneficios de las plantas y sus principales usos.
De acuerdo con Pilar, la pedagoga de nuestro hogar institucional, la huerta contribuye en el proceso terapéutico de los niños, les da herramientas para la vida y les inculca la importancia de la ética del cuidado: cuidar de sí mismo, de los demás, de lo que es común y del medio ambiente.
Gracias a tu solidaridad y generosidad, los niños cuentan con los elementos para participar en actividades educativas alternativas a las académicas de su colegio. Gracias a ti en CRAN podemos garantizarles un entorno protector, nutritivo y cuidador para que desarrollen todo su potencial mientras recuperan su derecho a tener una familia que los ame.
¡Muchas gracias desde el fondo de nuestro corazón!
Through recreational activities, our boys and girls have been enjoying their school vacation after a successful school year. Approximately 40 children went to the public schools near our headquarters, another 20 went to the preschool run by CRAN and the remaining children received school received tutoring sessions with our professional educator.
During these vacations and with the purpose of strengthening the motor, cognitive and sensorial skills of the children, we have been carrying out with them daily recreational activities in our fun room, the video room and the gym, not forgetting CRAN’s ample green zone in the mornings and in the afternoons.
We have been working with textures, colors, smells and flavors to boost the development of each child, depending on his or her age.
The professional educator and the care givers have undertook in including in each activity with our children, a training for the day-to-day live, for example learning to get around, learning to shop, learning to win or lose, learning to share, learning teamwork and other skills that can only be achieved through practice.
During these vacations our pedagogues will give a personal tutoring to the children to reinforce their school knowledge depending on their educational level.
Today and thanks to your kind contribution we are able to offer our children a vacation that will let them rest, have fun and laugh as they well deserve it.
Thanks to you, every week our children can grow and have fun!
One of Gymboree’s locations in Bogotá opens its doors once a week for 15 of our children for them to strengthen their social, physical and cognitive skills.
Gymboree is a space where children between 2 and 5 years old, learn to relate to the world around them through their senses, while completing specially designed activities for visual, auditory and tactile development. In this way, they become more independent, and learn how to interact with others, as stated by Francy Ladino, foster home coordinator in CRAN.
Every week we need to get the resources to pay for the transport service that takes our children from CRAN to Gymboree -and back again- comfortably and safely.
With your support to our project, we are able to pay for this transport service and benefit our children with the services that Gymboree offers: a stimulating and loving environment that allows them to grow happy.
"Going there makes me happy," Gabriel, 3 years old.
"I like playing at Gymboree" Luisa, 4 years old.
In CRAN, we welcome more than 750 children and adolescents each year. One of our programs is a temporary home where live 90 boys and girls between 2 and 8 years old. They have lived social fragility, threat, breach or violation of rights. In CRAN they receive love and care. Our aim is to ensure the comprehensive reestablishment of their rights in a loving environment. 70% of children living temporarily in CRAN returns with their biological families and 20% joins an adoptive family in Colombia or abroad.
For the children who are going to live with a foreign family to learn English is very important. Be able to communicate with their new family can facilitate their process of adaptation a little. But it is also important to learn languages for children who will return with their biological families or will be integrated to a Colombian family.
For this reason, in CRAN our children learn new languages. In a playful atmosphere, our little ones learn and recognize different cultures with trained teachers.
On behalf of our children thank you! Thanks to your support, they can learn and understand that languages are a tool for life.
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