We hope you are having a great start to your summer! We cannot be more thankful for your continual support, and we are proud to present to you some of what our projects have done this year. Here are some of the most recent accomplishments that would not have been possible without your help:
People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Meet Rachana! She is in Grade 5 and her interests are dancing, learning, and her little brother. When asked to share something important to her, she replied, "My mother had a new baby with her husband a couple months ago. We went to the province with my brother for the holidays, but the last day my mom asked me to stay home and take care of my new sister isntead of going back to the PIO shelter. She called PIO to tell them, but the day after the social worker came and told her she couldn't do that. I like to learn and live at PIO, but I couldn't say no to my mother. Fortunately, the social worker convinced my mother just like she did 3 years ago, that it was better for me to go to school and learn than staying home all day. I am lucky."
This year, 1,269 students are currently enrolled at PIO, 800 of whom are sponsored by JustWorld. For sponsored students, the dropout rate is only 15% - less than half the rate for unsponsored students. All 800 students have received school supplies and uniforms directly funded by JWI. Senior students have been employed to repair and cover books - there are now over 6,000 books in the library.
Aside from their academic classes, children at PIO are given the opportunity to participate in several after-school activities. 37 students, 24 female and 13 male, receive a JustWorld funded Traditional Dance class every week.
The social worker has continued to visit an average of 20 families per month in an attempt to help families that have had problems, which are usually erratic attendance from the students.
Additionally, Phymean Noun, the Founder and Director of PIO, had been nominated for the World's Children's Prize! Check it out here!
Los Patojos in Jocotenango, Guatemala
Ever since the inauguration of “Centro Socioeducativo Licenciado Magno Rudy Romero Arévalo” in January, 170 students have enrolled in the school, which has now been recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Because of the changes in scheduling that have occurred, there have had to be changes in the nutritional program. Instead of snacks, breakfast is now served every day. Up to now, 13,723 breakfasts, 13,406 lunches, and 2,800 dinners have been served at Los Patojos. These 29,929 total meals have benefitted 167 children and 47 young adults daily. Construction of all three phases was just completed on Tuesday and visitors are always welcome to come see Los Patojos in action!
In addition, the Cultural Action Institute “Paulo Freire” was created this year. A group of young people meets 5 times a week with the intention of creating a space for dialogue, discussion, and compassion in their community. They do this through activities such as theater, juggling, breakdancing, and musical productions.
The main medical clinic is still under construction, so a temporary one has been functioning this year to meet the needs of the children and their families. From the moment it first opened on March 11, the clinic has treated 338 patients of all ages, averaging 21 per day. The youngest patient was 7 months old, and the oldest was a 57 year old woman. Respiratory problems, gastrointestinal diseases, dermatological problems, and traumas are only some of the issues this clinic has dealt with so far.
Asociación Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
22 performances of “The Adventures of Don Quijote” were arranged to be put on at different educational centers, both private and public, in April. These performances included the animation of the text and the recording of audio to facilitate the presentation of the play on different stages and to diverse audiences.
This school year began with over 2000 children and their families participating in the artistic and animation activities. One of the most important institutional activities was the distribution of school supplies and uniforms to all the participants. 4,847 boys and girls have participated in one or more of the following programs: Mobile Library, artistic workshops, visits to cultural centers and didactic concerts, and Videoteca activities.
25 participants received capacitation on redaction of technical documents, and one received masters degree in Library Science from the local university. In addition, a specialist was hired to work at the library in order to generate knowledge and help systematize the operation.
We appreciate all you have done to help us and kids such as Rachana. Have a wonderful day, and we look forward to continue working with you!
The JustWorld Team
Thank you for continuing to support our partners in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. We are excited to share some outcomes from last quarter from our partners and are especially excited to let you know about two particular bits of news:
1. Los Patojos’ new school is now open! Steven brought his droid to show you: http://youtu.be/8fdzTAXpdI0.
After students’ winter break, they returned to study at the new “Centro Socioeducativo Lic. Magno Rudy Romero Arevalo”, named after Juan Pablo’s father who inspired him to follow his dreams. With this transition, their non-traditional educational system has been officially recognized and received national accreditation for Kindergarten-6th Grade, forever changing the history of their community and the education system in Guatemala. 175 students are now enrolled at Los Patojos full time! Their plan is to receive national accreditation next year for 6th-8th Grades and the following year for 9th-11th upon the addition of workshops and vocational training.
2. Phymean, Founder and Director of PIO in Cambodia, has been nominated for the World’s Children’s Prize!
Here’s the ful story: http://worldschildrensprize.org/phymeannoun
Los Patojos in Jocotenango, Guatemala:
PIO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Asociacion Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
We greatly appreciate your genorosity and look forward to many more results this year!
Have a wonderful day!
We hope you’re enjoying the holidays with near ones and dear ones and even ones from afar. All of our projects have had a fruitful past couple of months and all of their hard work has paid off. Here are the Top 5 updates from each this term:
People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Asociación Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras:
Fact: only 45% of children between 4 and 5 years old attend pre-school. This rate is even lower in rural areas. In total, 6 out of 10, i.e. 1.1 million children and youth, fall outside of the system, affecting not only their self-esteem, but also their competitiveness and productive capacity.
“Each day, leaders emerge and we are privileged to see the great potential that exists within these communities. Truncated by lack of opportunities, through JustWorld they have these opportunities to succeed and be good citizens.”
- Asociacion Compartir
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We're happy to announce our partners' latest achievements and hope you'll enjoy reading about them.
Thank you for being part of our team and helping to make a difference for our students!
On May 4, 2014, PIO celebrated its 12th anniversary. However, this isn’t the only event that the program has to celebrate. The events that have taken place at PIO these past few months have given its supporters much to buzz about.
Children at all three schools have all received uniforms, school books and all necessary equipment for their learning. The library stock continues to grow with regular donations from visitors and volunteers, with a current stock of 4,586 English books and 670 Khmer books in the library. Not only are PIO’s classrooms well stocked, their students are also achieving great success. Students have maintained their high pass rate of 80-85%, and the pass rate for seventh grade (new high school students) stands as high as 92%. Students continue to achieve top places in their class for Khmer Literature, Mathematics, and English Literature. There has also been a rise in the number of students studying at the high school or university level, increasing from 102 students in the spring to 115 this summer!
The most significant trend in PIO’s growth has continued to be the improvement of their social work program. Teacher Thavy – the program’s current social worker and former kindergarten teacher – visited the homes of 76 students between the months of February and May in order to investigate student absences and to ascertain what steps PIO can take to assist these very poor families. Read a case study about one of PIO's students, Sreang, here!
The most exciting event at Los Patojos has been the recognition of its founder, Juan Pablo, as a CNN hero. Juan Pablo’s work at Los Patojos was honored for its creation of a safe haven for children in the town of Jocotenango. We are so proud of Juan Pablo and Los Patojos! Watch CNN's video on Juan Pablo and Los Patojos here!
Building on this good news, the program at Los Patojos continues to excel. The success of the nutrition and medical programs keeps students healthy, strong, and able to focus at school. The nutrition program continues to feed a small army of hungry students, serving 11,625 lunches, 13,311 snacks, and 990 dinners, while the medical clinic has been busy as well, seeing 394 patients (167 men and 227women) between the months of April and June.
Additionally, Los Patojos received an official invitation to attend the Youth Congress and hosted 3 youth performances. A parents meeting was held to get parents up to date on what their children have been working on at Los Patojos, and why their work is important – which is essential, because parental support is crucial to keeping kids in the Los Patojos program. Finally, Los Patojos is well known for creating innovative activities to keep kids engaged and off the streets, and this quarter it did not disappoint, hosting a sports festival and six cultural nights.
Asociación Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras:
Compartir’s most noteworthy accomplishment continues to be the work they have been doing to increase literacy for children in Honduras. This quarter, they have increased reading activities in open spaces, increased their work with the mobile library, and purchased new books to innovate reading activities. In addition, 13 new reading groups were organized in different places – 5 in open spaces, 8 in education centers, and 3 as reading promotion activities that were accompanied by traditional games. Between 40 and 50 children were included in these new groups. When this is added to 25-30 students per community who were integrated into previously existing groups, participation in the program has skyrocketed above the expectations of previous years, continuing to reach more new students who had never before had access to even a single book. View a brand new documentary on the Mobile Library, created by a volunteer, here!
Additionally, Compartir organized three fairs this quarter. The first was a “Honduran at Heart” cultural fair where 250 people participated in singing performances, folk dancing, food expos, stilt walking, and art presentations. The second, Villa Nueva’s science fair themed “Driving Knowledge”, featured science experiments with demonstrations by students from the community’s schools, libraries, tutoring groups, and kindergartens. Finally, Nueva Suyapa’s book fair, "More reading, more action, to take the imagination train", featured renowned author Jorge Montenegro and his exposition “stories and legends of Honduras.” Check out Compartir’s Facebook album of the event here!
Organization of artistic groups has improved as it continues to be promoted as a means for promoting education, art and culture. This quarter, groups were organized into theater groups, flute and choir workshops, and a band. A practice schedule was developed for each group, and everyone took part in three public performances. This organization has lead to an improved outcome. For example, the theatre group has become stronger as they worked with a new play, "Adventures of Don Quijote," and hopes to preview it to the public at the Manuel Bonilla theatre. Likewise, the flute group has held two presentations that have emphasized cultural keystones of folklore and popular music.
JustWorld is planning a visit to PIO in November and Los Patojos in December, and we would love to have you along! For more information, e-mail Amber Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your incredible support. Until next time!
Happy summer, friends!
What are your favorite ways to cool down as the weather heats up? Our partners have been up to lots of exciting activities to help keep them moving forward during the summer months. We hope you enjoy their progress, the results of your support!
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: New happenings at Asociación Compartir include the increase of children’s reading clubs in each community, with 900 boys, girls, and youth having participated between January and March. Each reading club member read four books on their own, helping them strengthen the academic concepts they are working on in school. In addition, 3,756 boys, girls, and youth participated in activities organized at community libraries.
Compartir’s mobile libraries have gained more involvement from the communities and schools that they are affiliated with, and a positive change in behavior has been observed with the children and families. The libraries have received more visitors, and more children and parents have shown interest in their services.
In addition, mobile library events such as reading animation activities and video library workshops have taken place. Some of these activities are held in public spaces, helping to restore them as safe areas. One of the ways this is done is holding cultural festivals – check out the photos attached in the PDF!
In terms of cultural development, flute, choir, and theater groups have been organized, as well as field trips to Chiminike, an interactive museum, and a concert at the national school of music. In addition, diversified art mediums such as Gigantones (giant heads), stilt walkers, mimes and charades have been offered. These art forms improve self-esteem and capacity development, making them beneficial to the youth in these communities facing social risks. The successes of these programs have been recognized by other cultural institutions, and local authorities attended one of the children’s theater group’s presentations.
“I heard from many kids… they said this [mobile] library was something that had changed their lives completely, not only helping them with homework, but improving their reading skills, and also acting as an extracurricular.”
-Tiffany, JustWorld Ambassador and Volunteer
Jocotenango, Guatemala: The biggest new development at Los Patojos is the development of an internal leadership structure. Teachers have set guidelines for lesson plans, and students are responsible for taking care of their classroom spaces. In addition, Los Patojos initiated two new programs. The first is a scholarship program that is based on financial need, participation at the project, and maintaining good grades in school. So far, 18 students have benefitted!
The second is a program to chart student’s weight and supervise progress for any cases of malnutrition or obesity. No cases of malnutrition were reported in grades 2 and 3, and no cases of protein-calorie malnutrition or morbid obesity were reported in any of the youth over twelve years of age. The project served 11,617 meals to an average of 132 students per day!
This past April, 13 JustWorld Volunteers visited Los Patojos and shared some of their experiences here (Video begins at 1:27): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkZHcP3nGeQ&feature=youtu.be.
Also, be sure to check out footage from Los Patojos’ recent cultural night, which packed the school full of families and members of the community to enjoy performances put together by the teachers and students: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7711303/events/3095642.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Lots of positive change is taking place at People Improvement Organization (PIO). The biggest improvement has been in the library and social work program, where teachers visited 32 student’s homes (a 60% increase from the amount they saw in months prior) to meet with their families and discuss the children’s’ challenges in school, how PIO can address these challenges, and why families should keep their children in school.
Monthly attendance rates have remained the same while academic performance has increased significantly. 780 students have received school supplies and uniforms from JustWorld, Grade 6 pass rates are at 91 percent and 102 students are successfully studying in high school due to their preparation while at PIO. Talk about hard work paying off! Eight of these high school students from have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement! Get the full story here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t0xzuxGzBam1hklSssqQYmxdsX71fsaQOg9rDvOr8bw/edit?usp=sharing. Students from PIO are not only going on to study at the high school level, but also at university. One PIO graduate, Veasna, is a university student teaching English at PIO. Read his story here:
After his father left Veasna worked with his aunt picking up garbage for sale. One day she asked him if he wanted to continue his study. He answered “yes”, and then his aunt looked for an NGO where he could study. She found PIO and brought him to live and study here. He has successfully graduated from high school, and is employed as a Grade 1 teacher at Borey Santipheap 2 and in the weekends he is studying for a Commerce degree at university.
PIO’s popularity has been on the rise, evidenced by the number of volunteers and visitors who have come to see the school and support its work. A visiting team of student nurses and their supervisors assessed PIO students and determined that they are generally in good health. They found an absence of diseases associated with poverty, which can be attributed to the nutrition program, access to a trained nurse, and health and hygiene education. Two JustWorld volunteers also taught English, helped in the shelter, and assisted visitors.
“It is difficult to find the right words to describe and thank for my unique, absolutely wonderful and amazing teaching time at PIO school. Teaching Grade 3A is, and was magical. The class is full of incredibly lovely and clever students who made me fall in love with them. “
- Leonora, JWI Volunteer January – April 2014.
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