Aug 27, 2014

Discover what happened at our latest Digital Literacy and entrepreneurship training!

Young women entrepreneurs learning digital skills!
Young women entrepreneurs learning digital skills!

Young women with disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable populations in Colombia, they have very little opportunities for development, often feel isolated, and have low self-esteem. With little schooling and limited options for economic advancement it is fundamental for them to find innovative ways to engage with their community and improve their lives.

In our latest session we trained a group of young women with hearing disabilities in basic digital skills and entrepreneurial essentials, such as basic accounting and administration concepts, in order to turn their business ideas into blooming realities that will allow them to have a better future.

During these training sessions we not only taught them how to use technology, but more importantly how to harness its power to transform their lives. Over the course of 2 months we empowered them with the knowledge and tools to build up their confidence and self-esteem, to create their own business and ultimately achieve economic independence. Thanks to your help and the support of our allies we created a safe and inclusive space for these young women to learn new skills and develop their talents.

Often women with hearing disabilities feel isolated from the world, and technology provides a way to feel included and engaged. Such was the case of Paula a vivacious and energetic nineteen-year old with hearing disability that attended the course.

Paula expressed “ I often feel bored and have nothing to do that will make me feel useful and included, and this training not only gave me the opportunity to interact with other young women with dissabilities and learn how to use a computer to communicate with the world, it also showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to. Sometimes the readings were difficult but we a little determination I completed them and that made me feel very proud”

Her aunt and caretaker said “I noticed a great improvement in Paula’s mood and confidence since the training session; she wants to create a resume and get a job. She is motivated, and has the opportunity to experience something that can help her grow, which is rare for her”

Your donations are vital for continuing to provide oportunities for young people with disabilities like Paula, please spread the word and helps us create inclusive and dynamic ways to better their lives!

Two eager students sharing!
Two eager students sharing!
Some students using a computer for the first time
Some students using a computer for the first time
Some students came straigh from work!
Some students came straigh from work!
Jul 11, 2014

Discover the life changing training session you help made a reality!

Aerial view of the training session!
Aerial view of the training session!

We have the best news!  As you may know from our last report, we had planned to give 3 training sessions, one each for a library, a telecentre and a social organization. A person could choose one of the different programs we offer, according to the relevant group of people in their communities, which would be taught the use of the ICT tools to improve their quality of life and inclusion in society.

Thanks to your generous donations, our training aimed at one library spread further than we had planned!

In search of the library that we were going to choose for the training, we contacted the Library Network (a program of the EPM Foundation) and the Medellin Library System, who were delighted to partner up with MAKAIA to make our training even broarder, highlighting the importance of training trainers, extending the invitation, not to one library to gain the skills to bring inclusion to their community, but to all librarians and library professionals in the city!

The Library Network (a program of the EPM Foundation) and the Medellin Library System chose our training session for people with visual disabilites, that taught librarians and library professionals not only how to approach and interact with this target populations, but also how to use the JAWS software, that allows blind or visually impared people to use any computer and navigate the web, and teach others.

The training was held on June 25th at the EPM Library, providing at first an overview of how to work with people with a visual impairment, then exploring software features, the process of downloading, installing and custom settings for anyone who intends to use the program, and finally there was a practical stage in which browser exercises were held, just for them to know the basic commands and functioning.

Luis David Elorza, MAKAIA trainer and leader of the process, says "is not enough to generate access, meaning physical and technical conditions for people with disabilities on how to use computers and softwares, but it is equally important, to generate accessibility for people with disability and this training sessions give us the opportunity to bring forth that accesibility."

On the other hand, Liliana Martinez, one of the participants in the event of the Libraries System CONFAMA said: "In our libraries we don’t have a concrete approach or project for visually and hearing disabled people, but as a library we feel the duty to provide these spaces for inclusion, that’s why it’s so important for me to have this experience, because apart from being at a training, it was a life changing experience that shows us the ways to have inclusive and respectful projects that can mark a difference. Through this experience I realized all the potential that people with disabilities have”.

These are great news, because now the program will have a greater range and will be used and learned all over the city, creating new and wide opportunities for inclusion. Giving people with disabilities in Medellín a chance to expand their knowledge, study and even create their own business. Thanks to your generosity they now can access more than 19 libraries that can provide them with skills to change their life.

Training under way!
Training under way!
Trainner and trainees from 19 libraries
Trainner and trainees from 19 libraries
Everyone is learning!
Everyone is learning!
Everyone is really focus in learning!
Everyone is really focus in learning!

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Jun 12, 2014

Discover what happened in our New ICT course for NGOs!

In the first session!
In the first session!

In MAKAIA we believe in the power of technology to empower and strengthen social organizations. We aim to create truly transformative courses, and give social organizations, tools and information they could not access in any other way.

This is why, with your help, we carried out our newest Global Giving-funded training course "ICT in a Social Organization: Why use it? And What for?” An 8 hour course that aimed to provide theoretical tools to understand the uses of ICT for social change, as well as the information on the strategic everyday use these tools with social organizations, to help them understand how this knowledge can improve their community impact, visibility and fundraising.

Thanks to your donations, we were able to organize and carry-out an 8 hour course, held on May 7th, at the San Javier Library Park in Medellín, attended by 11 carefully selected organizations that had great need and a great attitude towards learning!

Representatives of the participating organizations, actively engaged in both the theoretical part of the course to understand the strategic issues of the use of ICT in social organizations, and a practical portion of the course where we taught them how to thoroughly utilize the tools to further their organization’s work. Later that same week each organization received individualized counseling on how to better use the knowledge and ICT in their day to day work.

The course offered an exploration of the relevance of ICT for development and social change, and trained participants in the use of tools and methodologies for the appropriate use of ICT everyday in their social organization and their development projects.

Attendees where very excited about the course content since the first trainning sessions, on the course content, and expressed how this was a rare opportunity for people in the social sector in Medellín and the importance of learning  to analyze other content related to ICT tools in everyday social organizations and communications processes.

Maria Juliana from Artesas said, “This course was an incredible opportunity, I especially enjoyed the course about how to use email more efficiently and how to create electronic newsletters for my organization, some of those tools we could have never found in any other way”

Oscar from Fundación Las Golondrina expresses “I am grateful for this opportunity is amazing how many things we can use to make our work more efficient and how many tools we were missing! Thank you!”

Course on electronic newsletters!
Course on electronic newsletters!
An attentive class!
An attentive class!
Everyone had their own computer to practice!
Everyone had their own computer to practice!

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