Despite the fact that we did not reach the number of students we had forecasted for 2014, we are very satisfied with the quantity and the quality of the courses we have provided our youths (and the elderly!). It is rewarding to see that Associação Danyann: Aprender e Evoluir now has a name and a reputation and is spontaneously looked for for courses.
Two new and very important initiatives were developed in 2014:
- We are teaching our students to create awareness about what is happening to our environment. The Association students have started a “Cleaning & Planting” initiative in the surroundings of its premises. Under the supervision of the municipality, students clean the sidewalks and parks and plant trees and bushes (check the photos).
- A small shop was installed in the premises to sell second hand clothes that are donated to the Association. This is helping raise funds for our courses.
Thank you all so much for your generous donations. You can be assured that your help is being well employed!
Please accept our wishes for a very Happy New Year to you, your families and friends! All the best!
We are now fully installed and integrated in our new premises which we share with our new partners, Lar das Crianças Casa do Caminho (children affected with Down Syndrome). We have so far fully trained 600 children and adults and we will probably end the year with 800 trained students. All activities are being very popular: Computing, Administrative Assistant, Manual Crafts, Cooking, Ballet, School Help, Manicure, Capoeira and Music.
This month a new group of students - including some with Down Syndrome - have completed their courses and found a job!
Thank you all for your donations and please spread the word among family and friends: we need more funds to run our Association!
We are now fully operational in our new premises. As a matter of fact, activities are broken down between two different locations that are at walking distance from one another.
In UNIT 1, we teach Computing, English, Ballet, Violin and School Help (for those who are having problems at school) and Baking;
In UNIT 2, we teach Computing, English, how to become a Receptionist, Silk Screen for T-shirts, Manicure/Pedicure and Knitting.
Currently 127 pupils are enrolled for the 1st quarter courses. This is slightly below target, but given the move to these new premises, it´s not a bad start.
We continue to share the premises with our sister association (Casa do Caminho) that assists mentally disabled children. We are hoping to completely unite with them in the near future in order to create synergies and reduce costs.
Check out the pictures of our pupils in the new premises.
Thank you all for your support!
2013 ended with yet very promising events!
In November and December we joined our forces with those of another association and moved to their premises. Our new partner is called Lar das Crianças Casa do Caminho which is specialized in assisting and providing activities to youths and adults affected with intellectual disabilities, especially Down syndrome.
Though we are now sharing their premises, we continue to be separate entities and we will carry on with our program which consists of teaching cooking, English, manicure, Music, computing skills and Administrative Assistant. The new premises are larger, more comfortable and are located in the middle of a very poor community of Itaquera, in the eastern suburbs of São Paulo. This will make it easier to find youths who want to enroll and will be a source of savings both on rent and transportation for our pupils.
More details are now available on Facebook: danyann.org
In 2013 we trained more than 500 youths. A very nice accomplishment when compared to our original goal. We continue to have problems with our financial situation and our daily struggle to raise funds is both fierce and time consuming. Your generous donations are always welcome!
We take this opportunity to wish you our Season´s Greetings and hope 2014 will give you Peace and Health. As for ourselves, we wish 2014 will bring more education to our youths!
Season´s Greetings to all!
Our organization has come to a turning point. Important decisions will have to be taken regarding our growth capabilities. It is obvious that with the increasing number of pupils, the organization is having to cope with a more difficult financial situation.
From March 2013 till today more than 500 pupils attended classes at Associação Danyann. This is well above what we were expecting (the target was 360 for the year).
The increase comes from the fact that we have new programs to allow the families of the students to also attend certain classes (manicure, crafts, cooking). We are also offering lectures to the parents on different matters such as environment, family planning, drug prevention.
However, due to this new situation, our cash availability is becoming tighter. Our options are: downsize or take a leap. Our success is very rewarding and WE REALLY WANT TO KEEP GOING AT THIS PACE. However, we need your help to increase our fundraising. Please take the opportunity of the year-end to make donations (gifts, gift certificate and so forth) in order to help us with this important mission. Please also involve your families, friends and co-workers!
We thank you so much on behalf of all the students, young or old, that are benefitting from our classes.
Associação Danyann: "Aprender e Evoluir"
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