Sep 29, 2020

Esmeralda's story

Esmeralda giving a thumbs up!
Esmeralda giving a thumbs up!

Dear Patronato Community,

I hope you are all in good health. Today I would like to share with you Esmeralda’s story.

Esmeralda is four years old and has a hearing disability. She was born in the city of Aragua, Venezuela and due to the crisis in that country she moved to Colombia with her family in search of better economic opportunities. She belongs to a large family made up of his mother, grandmother, cousins, and uncles. Esmeralda loves to have fun with educational games and draw pictures.

Since she was born, she was diagnosed with conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing problem occurs when something prevents sound waves from passing into the inner ear through the outer and middle ear.

Upon arriving in Colombia, she was referred to our foundation because she requires comprehensive rehabilitation services to strengthen the development of cognitive, auditory, linguistic, and oral communication skills that favor school inclusion processes.

In addition, she receives care for occupational therapy, speech therapy, otolaryngology, and otology consultations.

Thanks to your donation received through GlobalGiving, Esmeralda has improved her hearing and the development of her language that has allowed her to listen and express herself better with her surroundings. She has a much better quality of life because of you.

Please stay safe and until the next success story!

Eternally grateful,

Natalia

Aug 14, 2020

Delivery Of Cleaning And Disinfection Kits

Delivering the kits
Delivering the kits

Dear Patronato Foundation community,

Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have delivered, to date, 100 cleaning and disinfection kits for the beneficiary families of the Patronato Foundation, who come from difficult economic situations, worsened by the current pandemic (many of these parents work in the informal economy or do house cleaning work).

Among these beneficiary families are 30 single mothers and 15 families from Venezuela who escaped the crisis in that country. In addition, all the homes that received kits have children with disabilities and health problems, such as Samantha, who has spina bifida, Nicolás, who has ADHD, and Maicol who suffers from autism.

The kits were delivered at the Foundation's headquarters following all biosafety protocols (mandatory use of masks, temperature checks upon admission, disinfection of shoes and hands, social distancing and use of protection tools for the Foundation personnel).

And we still have not delivered the food kits, something we will share with you in the next report!

It is incredible to have you by our side during this global crisis. Our sincere wish is that you and your loved ones enjoy good health and happiness always.

If you have not already, please consider signing up to make a monthly contribution or use the tools that GlobalGiving provides to share this report on your social media!

With gratitude,

In it, together!
In it, together!
Kits items
Kits items

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Aug 6, 2020

Online Therapeutic Sessions For Colombian Women

Images of the online therapeutic sessions
Images of the online therapeutic sessions

So far, we have provided 116 individual therapies to 25 women: Topics such as crisis containment, emotion recognition, strategies for dealing with grief and loss, critical thinking, and guidelines for parenting and educating children at home have been addressed in these individual therapies. In the case of 8 women, incidents of physical, verbal, sexual, psychological and economic violence have been identified, therefore, specific advice has been given in support networks near them, in strengthening self-care strategies and in preventive actions to minimize risk factors, among other measures.

To date, we have conducted 14 online group sessions with 21 women: In the group sessions, skills in the use of technological platforms have been strengthened, and parenting strategies and positive ways to establish study routines at home, given the contingency of Covid-19 have been discussed. In addition, the women share experiences, ideas, and strategies among themselves, which helps them have emotional support and reduces stress and anxiety. 8 women from the project have also received food and toiletries and sanitary kits.

Thanks to the support received through GlobalGiving, these Colombian women can continue to benefit from these services that are of enormous help for their emotional well-being and that of their families.

With gratitude,

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