Aug 14, 2018

ICT skills and employment for people with hearing disabilities

VIDEO - INVITATION
VIDEO - INVITATION

“What do they need?", "How we can make more impact in people?" "How we reach more people?”

 Every time we are planning an ICT training-workshop for people with disabilities, we ask ourselves these kind of questions. After 12 years of experience, in which our organization has developed projects for people with disabilities, we know that our beneficiaries’ needs are evolving and changing constantly, so, every day means a new challenge, a new opportunity to give our best and provide tools to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Colombia.

 On the beginning of this year, MAKAIA started to implement ICT training workshops conducted to develop skills in people with hearing disabilities from a job perspective. By January, the results were remarkable with some participants being able to create curriculum vitae, databases and find a job in specialized websites. Part of Makaia's strategy to reach more people, are the alliances. Through a combined work with other social entities, we are able, for example, to find a place where we can develop our workshops (digital classrooms in libraries and education centers) and identify special needs that people with hearing disabilities express on a daily basis. However, with the donation we received from our Global Giving donors, we can contract our trainer and work in the logistics involved to develop our workshops.

 Thanks to a recent alliance with a local partner whose main activities are to facilitate future job placement, and especially by the support of our Global Giving Donors, we have made a huge effort to implement a training workshop with a duration of 24 hours during a whole week. Based on our first experience in January, we felt more encouraged to provide a better experience to the participants, and most important, tools to find or create by themselves better opportunities.

 At the beginning, we were expecting to receive 15 people, but one week before the starting of the workshops, 20 people were enrolled and ready to take part in the process. At the end of the workshop, the participants were able to create their own curriculum vitae in a variety of styles; recorded a video (with their smartphones) introducing themselves and explaining (in sign language) their professional experience, education and skills (a multimedia CV), and to register their professional profile on specialized job web sites, creating more complex data bases, among other activities. Some of them even had the chance to have real job interviews.

 In words of the participants, the workshop was a complete success. They are wishing to receive more courses and contents like these. In the short time, our challenge is to create a second course for the recent participants, with more and new contents focus in employment and maybe entrepreneurship as they expressed.

 We are very thankful for the support of our Global Giving donors, they allow us to make these actions happen.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae
CV - video
CV - video
CV - video 2
CV - video 2
Data bases
Data bases
Certifications
Certifications
May 15, 2018

Digital literacy training for older adults with hearing disability

In May 2018, Makaia, in collaboration with the EPM Public Library in Medellín Colombia, has provided digital literacy training for older adults with hearing disability. Fifteen people attended the training sessions, where they had the opportunity to learn how to use and make sense of the internet and softwares such as word and paint.

As on previous occasions, the trainer was Mrs. Alejandra Serna, who is an experienced trainer and also has a hearing disability .

Due to the donations received through the Global Giving platform to our project "Inclusion for people with disabilities in Colombia", we have been able to provide trainning in ICT skills to people with disabilities and / or organizations that work with such communities

During the last five years, we have benefited 1789 people.

We really appreciate that you are part of this great initiative and thus help us to fulfill our vision: "That every person and organization has the information to transform themselves and their environment".

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Feb 14, 2018

Digital literacy session oriented to employment in Public Library

In the month of January 2018, in collaboration with the EPM Public Library of Medellin, we developed a workshop for 20 people with a hearing disability. The objective of this session was its digital literacy, oriented to employment. This meant the construction of a leaf life, job search in different portals and application to vacancies.

Alejandra Serna, graphic designer and auditory handicapped was our formator in these literacy processes.

Thanks to the donations received through GlobalGiving to our project "Inclusion for people with disabilities in Colombia", we have been able to continue training and support people and social organizations that work with this population group.

During these five years, the project has influenced 1774 people.

Thank you for being part of this project and helping us to provide development opportunities to more people each time.

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