In our last report we've told you about "El Desafio Festival", a 3-day event that we were planning to do late September and that was going to inspire eveyone with talks, debates and discussions about social issues and how to resolve them. However we had to postpone the festival for March/April 2015, due to some sponsors and supporters that couldn't participate as they said this time. We would love to do it last month, but sometimes things don't go exactly as you expected. In the positive side, we will have more time to make the event even greater than before!
Meanwhile, we are building 10 new mini libraries to be installed in the city, making a total of 14 overall! Thanks to our agreenment with Banco Macro, the new 'minis' will be completely funded by them and installed together with our volunteers and the bank's employees. So far 54000 people have been in contact with minilibraries and they are attracting more and more attention from the public, including the press that keeps on talking about it. Even chinese TV was interested in our work and broadcasted a small documentary about us (you can watch it here http://tinyurl.com/pjdl6nf
Thanks to your support we can keep on generating in argentinean society a more commited attitude towards social problems, which is key to resolver the problems in the long term. This year only more than 350 people joined our volunteers database, which shows a growing commited mindset in society.Thanks a lot for your support and please stay tuned for more updates soon.
As the classes unfold, the kids begin to understand what the program is all about and start to create their own vision and opinion on different topics, they have made a lot of progress expressing their ideas and started a blog where they report on the news from the different activities that occur in El Desafío.
Creating a news blog, means that the kids need to be focusing on creating visual content, making questions to other participants and teachers and taking notes about it. Also putting it all together brings up some discussions on what are the priorities in terms of what should go first and what second.
The blog, also allows the opportunity of exploring different leadership roles, such as editor, or head of visual content, that we are still working on to determine the best way to implement it so that every kid has the chance of taking over that responsibility.
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As the months go by the kids from Garabato continue to create different pieces that they then share with their friends and families. Now it’s time to play, for that they are creating their very own version of the well-known Pictonary game.
This activity came like a huge challenge for the kids, who in fact were a bit frightened at the beginning, but as classes go by, and the board starts to get color, the challenge seems a bit easier. Now it is time to draw in order to win the game!
Another thing we implemented during the past months is a healthier snack, with more fruits and cereals. The first thing we offered were peaches, immediately some of them mentioned that they didn’t like them, but of course never tried them, so after insisting a little, they did and loved them.