Mar 4, 2019

Grand Inauguration of Club de Ninos y Ninas

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

February 15, 2019 marked a long-anticipated day for the Club de Niños y Niñas CDMX & Estado de México with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new state-of-the-art Club Tecamac/Ecatepec. Boys and girls from the Club, community representatives, member families, donors and strategic partners were witnesses to a dream becoming a reality: a safe haven for the children of Tecamac/Ecatepec, one of the most violent and problematic communities in Mexico.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of many, we were able to open doors to bright futures to our first 200 members mid-January and will eventually serve 2000 children in a community marred by marred by violence, a high incidence of drug abuse, and a lack of economic opportunities. Children between the ages of 6-18 years old now have a safe place to learn and grow and participate in fun afterschool activities when school is out. The mission of the Club is to enable young people, especially those that need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  

Rick Goings, Executive Chairmann TupperwareBrands, Alejandro Fernandez, Secretary of Education, Enrique Jacob, Secretary of Economic Development, Mariela Gutierrez, Mayor of Tecamac; the National Club de Niños y Niñas President Mauricio Mier and members of the Executive Committee and local board were honored guests at the event.

The Club includes a 4500m2 construction offering several buildings that house educational rooms, a library, arts and music studios, dance and martial arts center, teen center, an outdoor theater, multipurpose courts, a full-sized gym and soccer field. Capital campaign leaders began raising funds for the new Club in 2016, with the goal of serving as many vulnerable kids, often, and with maximum impact. 

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THE FIRST 200 MEMBERS JOINED JANUARY 16

We are so excited to start this new chapter!

 Through afterschool activities including homework help, sports, the arts, , character and leadership building as well as targeted youth programs our Club mentors have started engaging our newest members to discover their talents, lead healthy lifestyles and avoid risky behaviors. Clubs play an important role in providing a safe space to exercise, compete in team sports and establish lifelong friendships. Members are encouraged to graduate from ‘preparatoria’ with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

As we initiate operations, we continue to rely on your support to help equip the Club with furniture and materials. Please consider donating TODAY.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Rick Goings, Chairman Tupperware Brands
Rick Goings, Chairman Tupperware Brands
Educational Building
Educational Building
Overview playground, arches and gym
Overview playground, arches and gym
Excited kids
Excited kids

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Dec 4, 2018

First children to start programming in Jan 2019

We are happy you are checking in to read our second report. A lot has happened since September.

The construction crew is adding the final touches at the newly constructed Club site in Tecamac/Ecatepec, a save and secure Club that will offer afterschool programming to a maximum of 2000 children. The civil works of all three buildings have concluded, we completed the water proofing, started the landscaping, the cabling is almost finalized and we will add the roof to the full-sized gym in the next two weeks.

Along side our construction efforts we have continued our community campaign engaging our stake holders in the design of programming and other activities. One such example was the KaBOOM design day where  the kids let their imaginations run wild as they gave concrete design input to the central play space of our Club. It was their time to dream beyond the horizon, flex their creativity, and have an immediate, tangible impact on the course of the project.

The parents came together to form building committees to prepare the KaBOOM! Construction Day on December 8 when the whole community will come together to build the playground they helped design with their own hands. We are ready!

Just in time for the grand opening in January 2019 when we will receive the first members. 260 members will start on January 15 and we will gradually increase the numbers over the next months.

During the month of September, we helped interested families fill out registration forms to join the initial group of members. More than 300 families filled out the forms, many of them seeking a space for several of their children. For us it was an important step in getting to know our future families and the stories they share. 

Meet Jorge Armado: He is six years old, lives in Tecamac just minutes from the Club; his mom works at a hair salon nearby. Every afternoon Jorge spends with his mother at the salon since there is no save place for him or his friends to stay when school is out. Jorge is very energetic, full of ideas; he is extroverted and loves sports. His family describe him as a “very happy and joyful kid”.

Although he is only in First grade, he already has big dreams for his future. You can help Jorge to be inspired, have fun and be surrounded by loving and caring adults in a save atmosphere. With your support through our ‘Great Futures Program’ you will help Jorge and many other of our local youths become successful, healthy and confident persons. At the same time, the affordable opportunity Jorge gets thanks to the Club’s "Great Futures Program" means his mother can go to work every day and provide for her family. 

Your sponsorship  will provide one child with a safe place to have fun, learn and grow, to participate in life-enhancing programs, to eat a healthy meal and be surrounded and guided by caring mentors and staff.

CEMEFI accredits Club de Niños y Niñas CDMX & Estado de México as an institutional and transparent organization!
 

We are proud to have reached this milestone of receiving CEMEFI accreditation confirming the constant dedication to our organizations’ transparency and accountability to our stake holders. The Mexican Center for Philanthropy currently has more than 700 partners which work to promote civic participation in Mexico. We continue to strive for excellence in what we do.

Armado
Armado
Design Day
Design Day
Design Day
Design Day
My dream playground
My dream playground

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Sep 10, 2018

Club de Ninos y Ninas September 2018

Kaboom! Girl playground design
Kaboom! Girl playground design

Thanks to your donation we were able to begin the activities with children and families of our community in order to open the doors of our Club de Niños y Niñas in Tecámac/Ecatepec, State of Mexico.

The first activity we made was the presentation of the recruiting and evaluation process to engage 400 children who will enter the Club on february 2019. On August 29th, 30th and 31st, our Operations Officer gathered the families at the Club premises to explain the registration process to be a member of the Club and all the programs and activities that the children will be able to engage in. 

On September 5th, we had the Design Day of our Kaboom! project to build the playground at our Club. On this day, 50 children came with their families to draw their preferred designs and proposals of what an ideal Playground will be for them. Later, the Kaboom! team and the parents chose the best games, modules, colors, materials and setup to plan de building of the playground. It was a very important and moving experience, since is the first time we were able to see our future members and their community actively participating in the long-awaited project, in preparation of the beginning operations that will begin very soon.

The construction of our Club is almost finished. It is a building of 4,500 meters, so it took two years and a lot of effort of our fundraising team, and the workand dedication of our engineers, architects and construction workers has been amazing. The main building, with the library, the kitchen / dining room, the administrative offices and the classrooms where the education tutorials and art, music and human development classes will be taught is finished. The exterior fence is also ready, as well as the entrance, the central hallway and stairways. The soccer field, the gym, as well as the auditorium and the teenagers’ building are being completed.

We will open our doors on February 2018, and your contribution will be very well used in the operation of all activities that children will attend, salaries of tutors and teachers, and teaching materials for all programs: academic support, sports, arts, human development, and health and nutrition.

Kaboom! Children designing their playground
Kaboom! Children designing their playground
Kaboom! Playground Design Day
Kaboom! Playground Design Day
Children in the Club
Children in the Club
Family meeting
Family meeting
Families at the arc central hallway
Families at the arc central hallway
Main building is finished!
Main building is finished!
Gym is almost finished!
Gym is almost finished!

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