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.
Saludos desde Bogota! We would like to give you an update about the education programs you have supported at the CRAN Foundation.
The CRAN Foundation provides educational programs in a nurturing and protective environment allowing our children to learn at their own level. “Constructive Experiences” are an integral part of daily life for the children who live at the CRAN Foundation Home. This year we have brought educational programs to 32 children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old who are not able to attend a district school. Learning opportunities are tailored for each child depending on his or her abilities.
One of the educational programs we recently initiated is the computer classroom, a participatory space that allows the children who live in the CRAN Home to learn about and interact with technology. In this space, concepts from mathematics, reading and writing, and science, among others, are introduced and strengthened.
In the children’s play center the adult care giver becomes a facilitator and the child a protagonist of his or her own unique experience. In this environment all CRAN’s children—whether in school or not—have the opportunity to grow as individuals as they discover and strengthen their interests, identify their skills and abilities, and become creative beings.
Another of our projects is Discovery in School, a corporate social responsibility project of Discovery Networks Latin America. The aim of this project is to create interaction between children, their teachers, and care givers using educational audiovisual tools that are transmitted via the Discovery Channel.
Thanks to your support, 80% of our children already are registered and guaranteed a space in a district school for the upcoming 2014 school year which begins in January. Thank you! Without your support we could not make possible these advances in our childrens' right to education.
Nick is turning nine years in the coming days, he is counting on a calendar to see how much longer left for his birthday. He arrived to CRAN two years ago, as he couldn’t have the opportunity to attend school; he has not received the adequate education which a child of 9 years should receive.
Nick receives personalized support from his therapist and teacher Monica, he says: "She is my favorite teacher". Thanks to the compromise and devotion of people like her, Nick has had a major progress emotionally and academically.
Nick likes to learn from animals, colors and he is already starting to write his first words. With didactic activities, like puzzles, figures and drawings, Monica shows him how to identify animals, pick the colors and write his name. Meanwhile, Nick has shown progress in their language and speaking, pronounced better, identify the letters of the alphabet and learn new words every day.
This is the case of one of the many children we serve in CRAN. Today children as Nick can have people like Monica, thanks to YOUR unconditional support.
Thank you very much for your compromise with the education of children in Colombia!
Thank you for CRANsform!
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