Educational support in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

 
$14,582
$418
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Oct 28, 2013

Dia de Culturas

Dear Supporter,

 

After a lot of financial support we have finally started construction of the classrooms for our kindergarten in Mal Pais! We still need to raise funds for classroom furniture and supplies and volunteers are ready to start painting next month. The doors will be open in January 2014 and we are very excited to welcome our new students.
In Costa Rica, October is the month to celebrate world culture with October 12th being a national holiday called 'Dia de Culturas", to highlight both the cultural contributions of the Spanish, indigenous and Caribbeans. We enjoy this time with the students to celebrate different cultures and integrate global issues into the curriculum.
In December, three of our sponsor students are graduating and we are hoping to continue sponsoring them with full scholarship at the non-profit community bilingual school "Escuela Futuro Verde"...so plenty more fundraising events to come. 

We are grateful to all our private sponsors who help us finance the project and also the many volunteers who have and still continue to share their time and energy.

 

Many thanks

Sonya Danchik

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Aug 5, 2013

New classrooms and sponsorships

We hope this report finds you well! A lot of changes for the project are coming up. We are excited to build a new classroom for the kindergarten and plan on a fundraiser to help with the building costs. We also have two volunteer teachers who are pregnant, which is very exciting! So we have been busy the past couple of months interviewing international teachers and we are happy to welcome new members to the team very soon.

Unfortunately we had to postpone our July fundraiser due to bad weather. We are planning to reschedule soon and hope it will be a success. We hope to gather sufficient funds to continue to sponsor our graduating students so they may attend the Bilingual school in Cobano. 
All our students are doing really well in both languages and the project has really made a positive impact on the community and we are thankful to be a apart of it. 
Thank you for your continuing support for this community.

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May 7, 2013

Organic garden and computer classes

 

The pre-school program in Mal Pais is in full swing and this years new recruits are already showing so much progress, which is very pleasing. We have also started a school organic garden, with volunteers helping us teach the children the importance of growing healthy food and caring for the planet. 
Two of our volunteer teachers have started a community football club for the children, which has been well received and they look forward to future games with other villages and schools.
The public school of Mal Pais were part of a government funded program, where every student was given a laptop. They now have computer classes as part of their curriculum which are taught by a local volunteer. The director has asked us to buy a new router to help with internet access as the last one we purchased, fell victim to humidity, we should have a new one in the next few weeks. 
At the end of this month twenty overseas students will be visiting the area and their director has asked if they can volunteer with the program. The answer was "Yes, please!" They will be helping the public schools and the pre-schools in Mal Pais with yard clean-up and also reading stories and playing games with the children.
We are also planning a fundraiser for the end of this month, we'll be using a projector to play an outdoor movie with food/drink and a raffle. It will be fun to sit on blankets and enjoy a movie while raising money for our graduate students so they can have the opportunity to continue with a bilingual education.
For now no big plans for June...just waiting for the rain!!!

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Feb 15, 2013

Focus for 2013: Cobano School

The Kids
The Kids

2013 is going to be an exciting year! This year we are focusing on raising funds to help a non-profit bilingual school in Cobano, where by we will be donating a water tank and helping them raise funds to build three much needed classrooms.

The Mal Pais pre-school program has been very successful with many donations helping to sustain the project and we also hope to sponsor future graduates to attend the bilingual school in Cobano. We already have several students from the pre-school program who have graduated and now attend the Mal Pais School, and they are doing very well.

We are looking to organize a large fundraiser mid-year to help us on our way with this focus project. The project is still not self-sustainable, so we do welcome and appreciate all the international support from everyone at GlobalGiving. We believe this project has not only helped academically but it's also united the community and gives hope for a brighter future. Thank you for all your support.

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Nov 21, 2012

Recent Developments in Mal Pais!

The last few months have seen some great developments in Mal Pais, so we thank you once again for all of your generous donations, you can clearly see the difference that they make.

Back in August, the Art students of Mal Pais Public School had the opportunity to show their work in a real Art Gallery which really was fantastic and very exciting for the students. Tom and Christine of the Art and Soul/Synergy Studio organised a fundraiser for the local schools. They provided art supplies to the schools and the children created their masterpieces which were auctioned off and all proceeds were exchanged for more art supplies and divided between the local schools. The event brought the community together to celebrate the young artists and creativity in general, with good food, drinks and live music. It was such a success that the gallery has promised to make it an annual event.

Unfortunately September gave Costa Rica an earthquake of magnitude 7.6, causing structural damage to the main school house in Mal Pais and gave everyone a fright. Luckily all students and teachers were unharmed, and classes resumed a few days later, however repairs will take a lot longer!

Moving onto October, we sponsored more children for the 2013 enrolment of our pre-school program which has been expanding to meet the demands of the community and has been showing promising results in English and Spanish. Actually, the director of the local school has thanked us for making the transition to 1st grade so easy for his new students coming from the program, which is brilliant to hear.

With the rains almost behind us and the year drawing to an end, we look forward to celebrating in December with our pre-school graduates with sunshine and our second graduation party. The bilingual education project is now a complete reality and hopes to continue the good work for many more years to come.

We thank you again for helping us to make all of this possible, every single donation makes a huge difference to helping us continue our work in Mal Pais.

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Ross Deans

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