Recently we have used some of your generous donations for improvements and upgrades to our facilities.
SAVE THE CHILDREN TOY LIBRARY (LUDOTECA)
Save the Children toy libraries (Ludotecas) were created to offer a safe environment where children from low socio-economic background can come to play and learn. They focus on topics like children’s rights, healthcare and primary education. Ludotecas operate 5 days a week and the admission is free.
This month we have used funds to supply safe drinking water for the children who attend the Ludoteca. Having a regular drinking regime of safe and clean water is absolutely crucial in the weather conditions of Playa del Carmen.
We have also donated a door bell, which was also a much-needed improvement. Until now the parents and kids had to shout or bang on the entrance gate and due to the layout of Ludoteca this caused sometimes long and unnecessary waiting. The doorbell will improve the quality of the environment greatly and allow the running of the activities in a much convenient manner.
Save the Children have also asked for a donation of two compact digital cameras, to be able to monitor and document their everyday activities. Photographs are used, among others, for PR purposes, monthly reports and creating content for presentations for potential donors. We were happy to assist with this!
SPECIAL NEEDS INTEGRAL CARE CENTER
Mic-Key button, or Bard button, is a specialized device for use in patients who aren’t able to receive oral feeding and require enteral feeding. Such is a case of one of the pupils at the Integral Care Centre, who has been attending the Centre for 6 years.
By providing her with this device, she can not only receive her food in a more convenient way but enables her to fully participate in the therapies provided at the center.Before getting the Mic-Key button, she was not able to participate in some of the therapies, especially the Equine and Aquatic therapy, because it represented a risk to her, due to the way her enteral feeding was set up.
The donation will significantly improve the quality of life for her, as well as free up some time for the teachers because the device is much easier to use and maintain. This improvement has had a huge positive impact on the entire centre, teachers and students!
We thank you for your generous support of this project!
In Mexico, we have two partners that we work with very closely to help provide a save environment for Children in Mexico. This past month we were lucky enough to celebrate important milestones with the different organisations and our volunteers.
Save The Children
GVI has been working in partnership with the Save the Children Ludotecas in Playa del Carmen Mexico since 2013, when our community projects began operating in this area. However, the history of Save the Children activities in Quintana Roo dates back 10 years. The main targeted issues pertaining to Save the Children here in Quintana Roo are health and nutrition, education and child protection. With 30% of the state’s population being under the age of 14 along with high rates of child abandonment, addiction and vulnerability to risk factors, the work of Save the Children is now more than ever, dire and crucial.
To celebrate the achievements in the last 10 years and to thank the supporters and partners a cocktail party was held on the 20th of March. GVI representatives had a chance to meet local Save the Children leaders and staff in a ceremonious atmosphere and took the opportunity to reflect and strengthen our partnership in Playa del Carmen.
Integral Care Center
On the subsequent day, another partner, Integral Care Center, celebrated an anniversary commemorating the seven years of service they have provided in order to accommodate the needs of disabled children and youth of Playa del Carmen. Having started in 2008 as a group of parents coming together a few times a week and training themselves to provide their kids with the best possible support, Integral Care Center has since been transformed into a facility that provides complex and intensive support, catering to the needs of disabled children. The school operates five days a week and provides a range of support therapies such as horse, dog and water therapy.
GVI commenced the cooperation with Integral Care Centre 2 years ago, since then many volunteers had an opportunity to contribute and dedicate their time and skills to help to improve the lives of the school’s students and at the same time gain a lot of experience and unforgettable memories themselves. It was therefore a big honor for us to be able to be part of the 7th birthday celebration together with all the founders, teachers, students, supporters and friends of Integral Care Centre.
The anniversary celebrations of our partners here in Mexico have been a great way to reflect on our existing work in the volunteer programs here in Playa del Carmen. It has also been a great opportunity to share, plan and discuss our future plans and visions.
Thank you for your continued support.
All the best
We're delighted to bring you news of how your amazingly generous donations have been spent over the past month.
At the Equine Therapy Centre and Sepcial Needs School, donations have contributed towards much needed therapies, resources and centre maintainance:
At the Save the Children Toy Library (Ludoteca), funds raised were used to supply drinking water to the children that attend the ludoteca, Playa del Carmen is a very humid place and it is important they keep hydrated. We also bought some cleaning products to continue having a safe and clean environment for the children that attend the ludoteca. And some furniture to safely storage the different toys and other teaching resources they have, the previous one were very wobbly and they were not safe for the children.
One of the children at the ludoteca has a hearing problem along with a speaking problem. With the money, a hearing device was bought for him to improve his life quality and to facilitate communication. He is currently also learning some hand signal communication.
Thank you for continuing to support this project into 2015.
Celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November is an event that dates back from pre-Columbian times; Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos”. Although the name is suggestive, and it’s timing very similar, Dia de los Muertos is not at all similar to the celebrations of gory Halloween. It is actually a very special, beautiful ritual, where the living remembers their departed relatives lovingly.
Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen honors this great tradition by celebrating the Festival of Life and Death Traditions every year on October 30th and 31st and on November 1st and 2nd. Xcaret provides families from all around the world including locals the opportunity to partake in activities exclusive to these days. This includes: the Hanal Pixan ritual (food for the souls), cuisine of the region, workshops, crafts, gifts and altars, visual arts exhibitions, theater, dance and gala concerts. As a large sponsor of development of boys and girls with Save the Children in Quintana Roo, they invited the children from the Ludotecas to come participate and enjoy these activities for themselves absolutely free. 50 children in total from the 2 remaining Ludotecas in Playa del Carmen partook in two dif-ferent activities organized by Xcaret. The first was a march down 5th Avenue, the main tourist strip/ popular spot in Playa del Carmen. Children from the Ludotecas and local schools from all around the city dressed up in white, with their face painted in the traditional style singing and marching to a catchy tune.
The second event took place the very next day where 2 volunteers and staff accompanied 3 parents and 2 ludotecarias and 30 children to the giant Xcaret theme park. The group was split into two and they each went to separate activities in the park. They all had a memorable time, however, the best moment of the day as commented by many was the amazing face painting done to our very own volunteer by 5- year-old Andres.
Because of the little number of supervisors from Save the Children, the staff and volunteers we provided were essential to ensure these activities proceeded as planned for the enjoyment of the children. Thank you for supporting this project and allowing these children to experience all that other children in the region would have been able to.
On the 27th of June at 9:30am, 12 volunteers left the playa house excited and anxious, as they did not know what the day would bring them. They were told to wear running shoes, sunscreen and to bring water – nothing more, nothing less. They were escorted to the meeting point in two overcrowded collectivos buzzing with energy; the Amazing Race, Playa del Carmen edition was to start in 30 minutes.
A week prior, the volunteers were introduced to the idea of this year’s mini-challenge fundraising event. They were inspired with the idea of being able to help the community projects even more than they already had. Our volunteers have been generously giving their time by being on projects here physically; however, there are larger aspects that can be covered by monetary donations. Such things include replacing broken/ flimsy furniture for the children, supplying medicine or equipment for the vets, and scholarships for children whose mums work in the school (as their wage was paying for their child’s school fee, earning them little to no money). As all of them have worked in the projects and had fallen in love with the people they were fundraising for, the fire burned even more and it motivated them to bring their cause to those back home.
This year, the staff organized a mini-race in the style of the popular television show, ‘The Amazing Race’. The lucky 12 were split into 4 groups; blue, green, red and yellow and the aim was to out-raise the other groups before the race, and to out-race the other groups on the day.
Friday aka. Race day arrived, and it was revealed that they raised $2,434.45 in 4 days; smashing the initial goal! They had successfully completed the first half of the challenge and with the air of excitement; they were ready to start the final part. Equipped with only 100 pesos ($8USD) they were to navigate their way around Playa del Carmen to “secret” locations and complete challenges. Except for the Yellow team who raised the most, who won an additional 20 pesos to their budget (less than $2USD, big spender!) and the lead start. The race was not going to be easy, but some teams found themselves lost for an hour or waiting for collectivos for 45 minutes. The Blue team won with a time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, and the yellow team finishing at 3 hours and 10 minutes). Congratulations to teams Red and Green for spending ONLY 45 pesos in travel!
A special mention and thank you to our partners at the Save the Children ludoteca, Special needs School and Coco’s cat rescue for being a part of our locations in our race.
But most of all, a giant congratulations to our incredible 12; Beth, Lauren, Nandita, Julia, Freddy, Daisy, Dani, Kim, Katie, Alli and Hannah for all that you’ve done. It was a successful challenge, successful fundraise and an incredibly fun day that hopefully you all will remember for the rest of your lives. These funds will be added to those raised through GlobalGiving for the improvement of the Ludoteca, Equine Therapy and Integral Care Center in Playa del Carmen and Coco’s Cat Rescue; whether it is new equipment, furniture, supplies or scholarships.
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