2014 has started off with a bang! We wrapped our ¡Vamos a leer! program and to celebrate the successful reading efforts of the kids at the end of summer, we had our traditional day of Carnaval games and time at the pool. The volunteers prepared a series of games and group activities in the morning, and after a healthy lunch, the kids spent the afternoon poolside with the volunteers. Everyone left happy with a gift bag, filled not only with sweets and toys, but a brand new personal book for each child, with a personal message from their very own VE volunteers.
We ended March with our monthly Liga de Deportes and brought the kids to a gym to get them moving a bit. This month's sport was basketball, so one of our volunteers led a workshop with various drills and activities. We ended the afternoon with soccer of course, but first had a healthy snack to get re-energized.
The volunteers and kids worked hard during the past few months to get their best pieces of art ready for Festival de Arte, and it went great! Not only were there beautiful drawings and 3D artwork on display, but many of the kids performed songs or dances for the group. We had volunteers from one of our main corporate partners, American Tower, come to be our judges. They were positively overwhelmed with such talent by the kids, but eventually picked winners from each category, and those children were sent home smiling with brand new art supplies!
Thanks so much for your continued support! Thanks to you, we're able to put on these fun activities and buy new art supplies to inspire our little artists!
2013 was a good year for VE Global. We made a very positive impact in the lives of hundreds of children to whom we serve, bringing new and improved activities, educational materials, art supplies, sport events, English workshops and reading initiatives.
We appeared in a national TV station that showed the hard work VE Global does to help foster the development of children at social risk. We also signed new collaboration agreements with new partners that will help us improve our educational programs even more, among other important events.
As we move forward into 2014, we face new exciting opportunities as well as new challenges. Because 2013 was a very positive year for us, we now have the pressure to perform even better during this year.
Luckily we began this new period on the right track. We just received a new group of 9 international volunteers that arrived to Chile to join VE Global's community. In addition to that, we recently partnered with a new children's home that will allow us to expand our network of support.
There are still many challenges ahead however VE Global is feeling strong and optimistic for the new year to come. We are sure that with our daily efforts we are making a big difference in improving the most important area of Chilean society, its children.
Concerning reports from the International Labour Organization (ILO) show that almost 170 million children currently work in the world. Half of them are obligated to work under unsafe conditions, including jobs where they have to handle dangerous materials or are exposed to sexual exploitation.
VE Global works in order to change this cruel reality by fostering the positive development of children at social risk in Chile. To do that, the organization carefully selects, trains, empowers and coordinates international volunteers integrating them into VE's network of 6 local children's homes, community centers, schools and preschools in some of the most vulnerable areas of Santiago.
Because of the delicate nature of working with children who have been abused or neglected, VE requires that volunteers join their team for a minimum of four months, with a full-time commitment. In this line, the first two weeks, after their arrival to Chile, is one of the most important stages of the volunteer experience.
This period is called Orientation Week and it consists in an intensive training process, where new volunteers learn a complete set of skills that will help them preform in a professional and effective way when working with children.
As part of the Orientation Week's activities, VE trains its volunteers in Chilean history, health and safety, Chilean childcare system, educational strategies, colaborative problem solving techniques, reproductive health, among other crucial topics and methods. This will deeply help each volunteer to develop a set of skills that are necesaary to work under these challenging environments.
We are very excited and proud to welcome our new group of volunteers that arrived to Chile on May 2013. They have come from Australia, England and the United States, to work with children at social risk and support the partner organizations in where VE Global collaborates.
At VE we encourage our volunteers to learn and use a second language in doing social work. It helps create a global community for the children of our partner organizations, allows us to have a great impact in the children’s lives, and generates social inclusion, emotional and cognitive development, and equal opportunities.
We are certain that the skills and knowledge of our great volunteer team combined with the amazing support of our office staff puts us on the right track of our mission to tackle inequality by being positive role models and advocates of social justice in Chile.
Hemos recibido a nuestro nuevo grupo de voluntarios que llegaron a Chile en mayo de 2013. Han venido desde Australia, Inglaterra y Estados Unidos para trabajar con niños en situación de riesgo social y asistir a las distintas organizaciones colaboradoras en las cuales VE participa.
En VE incentivamos a nuestros voluntarios a que aprendan y utilicen un segundo idioma durante la práctica de trabajo social. Esto ayuda a crear una comunidad global para los niños de nuestras organizaciones colaboradoras, nos permite producir un gran impacto en la vida de estos infantes, y además genera inclusión social, desarrollo cognitivo y emocional, e igualdad de oportunidades.
Estamos seguros de que con las habilidades y conocimientos de nuestro gran equipo de voluntarios, sumado a la increíble labor que realizan nuestros miembros del staff, nos encontramos bien encaminados para cumplir con nuestra gran misión de acabar con la inequidad, trabajando incansablemente para ser modelos de vida positivos, así como también para abogar por la justicia social para los niños y niñas en riesgo social en Chile.
In mid-April, we hosted our biannual Festival de Arte with the theme of recycled art. Forty children from our partner organizations gathered in a museum in Santiago to showcase their artwork and perform dancing and singing numbers. The January 2013 volunteer class opened the show with a fun dance to the song Harlem Shake and got the kids excited to perform. The evening was an exciting event for the kids to share and be rewarded for their artistic creations. Thank you to the Bechtel Chile Spouses Group for their donation of delicious baked goods, and our sponsor, American Tower, for their tremendous support!
This month’s Liga de Deportes was dominated by a game of ultimate frisbee. Hunter Stephan, a September 2012 class volunteer, taught thirty children the fundamentals of the game. With the weather staying so warm for the beginning of fall, the kids enjoyed another sunny afternoon outside!
The January 2013 volunteer class has begun their fundraising campaign! Help them raise money for children at social risk in Santiago, Chile! PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE! They shook it, will you? http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/shakeitforthekids/janclass2013
A mediados de abril, celebramos nuestro Festival de Arte bianual con el tema de arte reciclado. Cuarenta niños de nuestras organizaciones colaboradoras se reunieron en un museo en Santiago para mostrar sus obras de arte y presentar números de baile y canto. La clase de voluntarios de enero 2013 abrió el espectáculo con un baile divertido a la canción Harlem Shake y a los niños les hizo emocionados para también participar. Fue un evento muy emocionante para los niños porque pudieron compartir sus creaciones artísticas y ser reconocidos por ellas. ¡Gracias al grupo de mujeres de Bechtel Chile por su donación de productos de repostería deliciosos y a nuestro patrocinador, American Tower, por su gran apoyo!
Este mes, la Liga de Deportes fue dominada por un partido de ultimate frisbee. Hunter Stephan, un voluntario de la clase del septiembre 2012, les enseñó a treinta niños los básicos del juego. Con un clima tan cálido para el otoño chileno, ¡los niños disfrutaron de otra tarde soleada más al aire libre!
¡La clase de voluntarios del enero 2013 ha comenzado su campaña para recaudar fondos! ¡Ayúdales a recaudar fondos para los niños en situación de riesgo social en Santiago, Chile! ¡Por favor, mira y comparte! Ellos sí bailaron, ¿Y tú, qué harás? http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/shakeitforthekids/janclass2013
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