Even if schools are still closed in Argentine, we are still working in accompanying children through their education. It was quite hard to address the change, reorganize and keep in touch with every child and family of the program. Especially in rural areas and slums, where children do not have access to digital services and devices, inequality in school access is increasing. Our team of teachers and social workers managed to visit families, coordinate the provision of school supplies and goods, develop specific activities with each family, according with their possibilities in order to keep accompanying girls and boys through their education. The communicate weekly, teachers mostly use phones, sometimes by WhatsApp, others by line or text. In Cristo Obrero, a school located in a slum of Santa Fe City, children are experimenting home gardens and recycling, together with their families. Last week they exchange pictures between them and with their sponsors / Padrinos. We want to share them also with you, so you'll find than attached!!! Thank you for trusting and no leave argentine children behind.
After the confirmation of the first cases of COVID19, the Argentine government immediately imposed "preventive and compulsory social isolation". Most of the cases, that are still increasing, are registered in the Province of Buenos Aires. Other outbreaks in the provincial capitals of Cordoba and Santa Fe (Rosario). The beginning of winter season accompanies the progressive worsening of health situation, while argentine economy couldn´t stand pressing creditors. On may 22 the country was declared in technical default for the 9th time in 30 years.
Poverty and basic needs are increasing in every province and the lockdown hasn’t permitted women to carry on their enterprise. Since a week the situation has change and they managed to start working again. Its been a very hard time, President Alberto Fernández declared the total closure of the incoming borders, closure of the schools, cancellation of all public and private events, closure of public offices, saving lives but leavening hundreds of thousands people without work, starting for informal workers that represent almost the 50% of the workforce.
The group decide to respond to this emergency by producing new foodstuffs, like bread and cookies. They received new equipment, and they also decide to start to sew protective antivirus masks to sell them at an affordable price to their neighbors and communities, since the few local distributors take advantage of the closure of the village and to raise up prices.
Jan 21, 2020
It's summer vacation time!
By Martina Vismara - Project Lider
After school ended on December, our students are enjoying their vacation. It’s being a very hot summer in Argentina, in chaco region and the north provinces temperatures reaches more than 40 C!
School will start again at the beginning of march, and so, from now to then, we will be focused in working together with schools on the organization and planning of 2020 activities. This is a very important phase, in fact, at the beginning of each year, ACDI’s coordinators design the main strategy for each initiative and school, defining together how to allocate founds to improve children’s education. Normally the majority of the schools we work with ask our sponsors to support school fees, transport, materials, uniforms and shoes, but also sport activities, health care, professional consulting for children and families who are passing through a very delicate situation and school canteen reinforcement.
This year, since the food emergence recognized by society and declared by the government, we decide to support particularly food security, through the reinforcement of school canteen but also promoting a series of project based on school gardening and the production of vegetables.
See below some pictures of our experience in Cristo Obrero School, Santa Fe, Provincia de Santa Fe.