Feb 27, 2014

The story of Andres: Hard work and inspiration

Andres in action, teaching about computers!
Andres in action, teaching about computers!

Finding true leaders is not an easy, but since the first time Andrés came to our organization we knew we had a shining star in our hands.

Andrés is a bright young man with a hearing disability and an indomitable spirit. Andrés was part of a local government program called Jóvenes con Futuro (Youth with future), a strategy that gave education and a living stipends to deserving vulnerable youth in Medellín, Colombia. He did his technical studies in multimedia development achieving high grades, when the time came to do his internship before graduation, the local government called our organization to see if we had any project in which he could be involved, since we had long worked with ICT initiatives, we were delighted to welcome him into our team.

He help designed, along with other young leaders, a multimedia aid for ICT education of people with hearing disabilities. During his work he showed such promise and enthusiasm we invited to be a permanent part of our national digital literacy project, as facilitator and teacher for other young people with auditory disabilities like him. Andrés was vital in designing and re-designing the methodologies we use in our ICT 30 hours course for youth with disabilities and truly understandings the need of this vulnerable population in our city.

Having Andrés in our team has changed the way we look at disability in our organization. Andrés became our teacher, training us in Colombian sign language, enriching communication for all. He was also instrumental in building a micro-website for other people with disabilities to learn technology related terms in Colombian sign language.

He is not only a true leader and teacher, but and inspiration to everyone around him.With your help Andrés can teach many more young people with disabilities like him, to use technology to change and improve their lives. ICT literacy not only allow young people with hearing disabilities to be more connected to the world around them, but it also improves their self-worth and their economic and social possibilities for the future.

 

 

 

 

Andres teaching our team sign language!
Andres teaching our team sign language!
Andres and his signature charisma teaching!
Andres and his signature charisma teaching!
Andres and some of his graduating students
Andres and some of his graduating students

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Jan 16, 2014

A few of our favorite things from 2013

Carlos showing his facebook page at graduation
Carlos showing his facebook page at graduation

2013 was a great year for our project. We trained more than a 190 people with disabilities in the use of technology and ICT to improve their social, economic and educational opportunities. The year was filled with inspirational stories, hardworking students, enthusiastic teachers and incredible proud families and communities.

Our work took us to wonderful rural and small urban communities in Antioquia and the coffee producing region of Colombia (the departments of Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda) teeming with people with disabilities who wanted to learn new skills and experience the world with a freedom rarely offered to them on a day to day basis.  

We encountered incredible heartwarming stories like that of Carlos, a very creative 17 year old young man with cognitive disabilities. Carlos´ current passion is creating wallets, jewelery and art out of recycled materials. As the final project for his ICT course, he created a Facebook fan page for his products with pictures and descriptions of his creations. Beaming with pride he showed the page during his graduation ceremony and announce to the room that his page now had 15 “likes”. 

During the graduation, his mother, Liliana, was visibly crying, when asked about her feelings by one of the members of Makaia, she explained, that she was very proud of her son but she was especially happy to witness his accomplishments. She shared with us that when she was invited to take her son to the course, her husband and her other sons and daughters told her it was a waste of time and didn’t believe that Carlos could learn, now she had something tangible she could show their family and prove them wrong. He now feels like he can accomplish anything!

Other sweet story came from a partnership we did with an institution that works with people with Down syndrome the Luisa Fernanda Foundation, during the day their beneficiaries attend music class, swimming lesson and physical therapy, but thanks to your generous donations now they also have the possibility to learn about computers and technology to strengthen their reading and writing skills. The participants were very happy and loved using the computers to explore the world, while giving the courses, the wonderful people at the Luisa Fernanda Foundation said that it quickly became their favorite class and many didn’t want to leave once the bell rang!

Proud graduates and their families!
Proud graduates and their families!
Carlos (in the gray shirt) and his classmates!
Carlos (in the gray shirt) and his classmates!
A smiling student with his teacher and diploma
A smiling student with his teacher and diploma
So much fun with computers! No one wants to leave!
So much fun with computers! No one wants to leave!
A class waiting for their turn in the computer lab
A class waiting for their turn in the computer lab
Dec 16, 2013

Building Stronger Social Organizations Through Innovative Tools

Our director hard at work in a training session
Our director hard at work in a training session

For social organizations across Colombia and Latin America, it is still an overwhelming challenge to find grants and cooperation opportunities, often, because they lack the tools and training to access relevant information in their own language.

Driven to provide social organizations with the knowledge to overcome this shortcomings, Makaia works every day to inspire other organization to grow and use all the resources available to better serve their beneficiaries. Our goal is to provide tools and training so organizations can strengthen their fundraising, cooperation and technology capacities and improve every day.

With this is mind, Makaia created Nodo Ká, an online cloud based platform to help organizations find cooperation and fundraising opportunities suitable for their work. Nodo ká offers social organizations institutional strengthening tools to increase their social impact and efficiency. 

With your help, Makaia has provided more than 19 training sessions to more than 60 social organizations, with a wide variety of beneficiaries and thematic areas, about how to find and apply to fundraising and cooperation opportunities in an effective manner.

We have taught social organization to take advantage of our mapping tool to help them find, manage and monitor their cooperation opportunities, and give them in-deep knowledge of best practices to construct strong relationship with donors and partners.

The training sessions contribute to our mission of strengthening the capacities of organizations based in Colombia and Latin America, providing personalized support and group trainings. With your donations we have supported organizations with tools and knowledge to:

  • Provide better services to their beneficiaries
  • Be more efficient in the search and use of resources
  • Improve their capacities to find updated and relevant information on grants and fundraising opportunities
  • Expand their work, through the creation of sustainable and scalable projects to present to donors and partners. 

We invite you to share this project with the people you know so we can all build up a strong social sector. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and visit out website

Expert pannel at a Nodoka event
Expert pannel at a Nodoka event
 
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