El Desafio Foundation

To create an inclusive society with equal development opportunities that fights the root causes of poverty and promotes civic participation.
May 11, 2015

Code your future

As we told you in our previous reports, during the last time of 2014 we were focused on planning the coding program that we developed thanks to the knowledge shared by our friends at Harvard University and the Digital Literacy Program.

Coding is a completely new thing for our kids, so the first thing they needed to understand that coding is just another way of communicating, in this case, communicating with a computer so that it can follow our instructions.

After going through some dynamics, to understand how each of us communicate, it was time to start coding. By using “Scratch” a coding platform developed my MIT the kids are writing their first codes and discovering a new world.

Amazing things are happening on this program, and thousands more will come!

As always, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information

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Apr 13, 2015

We did it again!

You wake up in the morning and get ready for your day. You've already planned it, and what's ahead it's not new for you. You did it already many times, so you know what to expect. However, after the day is over, you realized how nice is to live and experience new flavours and emotions each time.

In our last report we've told you about the new minilibraries coming. We planned to install 10 more at Rosario city before end of July, and already two are up and running.Together with volunteers from Banco Macro, visitors from US Global Sport Mentoring Program project and Saatchi & Saatchi LA we installed new minilbraries in different parks in Rosario.
At this point, these little houses full of books became a social movement impacting thousands of citizens that enjoy reading and telling stories to their kids in a sunny day at the park. But more amanzingly, is to see every single time that these wooden boxes are uniting and connecting people in ways we couldn't imagine...(well, to be honest we did imagine it, but we needed to see it happen anyway). Girls from rich high schools becoming friends with peers living in shanty towns, american profesionnals making bonds with youngsters from Rosario's districts and girls from 15 years old listening to stories of a woman of 70 years old are only some stories that we witness everytime.

These facts are not just isolated stories with no link between each other. It's the construction of the community feeling that every society needs to progress, to resolve issues and to live happy. Finding things in common with each other, listening, to stand for a moment on someone's else shoes creates empathy and a sense of collaboration, that is urgently needed in Argentina.

Thanks for your support, we are creating social change in bigger scale every month. We are accelerating our impact, and if we keep on getting your support to promote our cause great things will come!

Feb 9, 2015

Starting 2015

2014 was a great year, besides the cool activities that the kids were able to do through the different classes, we got amazing results in terms of the objectives that we pursue.

We saw significant increases on the kid’s self-esteem, communications skills and their abilities to solve conflicts. We know that this personal abilities will allow them to grow up as models within the community and have better chances of changing the social and economic problems that they are facing.

We are now working on the 2015 planning of the program, this means learning from our pasts experiences and keep our continuous improvement process running. So far it looks exciting!

I share some nice pictures that represents 2014, and will soon post back more news as we start the year.

As always, you are welcome to visit us anytime to see first- hand how your support is making this project possible, and please if you have any questions, remarks or ideas, please contact me via mail: luz.amuchastegui@eldesafio.org. Also you can sign up for our newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

 

 

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