A lot has happened in VE since last time! We are so excited to welcome the 8 new members of our September 2014 Volunteer Class! The new class comes from Germany, Poland, Australia, Switzerland, Mexico and Bolivia. We have started the two weeks of orientation where we talk about our mission, vision and values, and we are confident that they are going to prove to be the advocates of social justice the kids we work with need.
It is also time to say goodbye to our May 2014 Volunteer Class. We are deeply grateful for the amazing work this class has done for VE Global and the children we serve in Santiago. It has been a great experience and we will miss you guys dearly!
In August we had our monthly health and wellness league, Liga Deportes. During this Liga class we had the great opportunity to have a professional dancer, Gonzalo Beltran, visiting us. We practiced expressing ourselves with our body thanks to an activity mixing body language, theater and acting. As always, the kids and the volunteers had a really good time this day.
Last month we welcomed our new Development and Communication Intern from France. We are very excited to have her on the team for the next few months! She is an important asset to VE.
¡Saludos desde VE!
Dear VE Friends,
Can you believe that we are halfway through 2014? We recently came back from our July Jornada retreat and are recharged for the months ahead...
Our children's programs are implemented year round by our volunteers. These programs are developed to offer additional educational activities and motivational support for the children we serve. Our monthly health and wellness league, Liga Deportes, took place last Saturday. Each Liga de Deportes focuses on a sport and health topic, and this month's theme was comida saludable, or healthy eating, and we did all sorts of crazy relay races to get up and moving around. The weather was sunny and the children and the volunteers all had a great time.
After five and a half years as our Program Director, Mariah Healy recently had her last day with us in the office. Throughout her time at VE, Mariah has lead over 150 volunteers from 28 different countries through their volunteer experiences. VE would not be the amazing organization that it is without Mariah! We will miss Mariah dearly! Clémentine Bouchereau, a former VE volunteer with impressive international experiences, has taken over for Mariah as Program Director.
The leaves have changed in Santiago, and so have some things at VE! Not only did we finish Orientation with 6 new volunteers, but we also welcome Clémentine Bouchereau as our new Program Director.
Orientation for the new May class was packed full. After 2 challenging, great weeks of orientation, the new volunteers have just finished their third week at their partner organizations. We are proud to have new volunteers from the United States, Poland, Germany and Spain in the new group.
A couple of weekends ago, the new volunteers participated in their first Liga de Deportes! Our professional breakdancer friends Pablo and Claudio led a special breakdance workshop. Kids, volunteers and staff alike had a great time breaking it down and then playing soccer, frisbee and other sports. This month’s theme was active living, as the kids learned about small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to add to their daily routines in order to get more exercise. We had two MVP kids of the day that went home with a jump rope and a soccer ball as prizes for their great participation.
As we close the 2014 fiscal year, we realize the changes and challenges that lie ahead of us as an organization, but also the tremendous amount of support we have from so many people. For that we want to express our immense gratitude. Without people like you, we wouldn't be able to bring such incredible volunteers from all over the world to make a difference in the lives of the equally incredible children we work with.
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.
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