Jan 31, 2017

Knowing our community!

Drawings of their community church by Axel & Isaac
Drawings of their community church by Axel & Isaac

At Fundacion DEHVI, we work under an eco-systemic model because we know that the children’s families’ and communities influence a big part of their development. Therefore, we incorporate families and communities as much as we can in the children’s projects and activities.

The projects the children worked on are inspired on the Reggio Emilia approach. We focus on an education where knowledge is constructed, culture is created and processes are valued, where everyday details are looked into.

Through the 100 languages, children get an in-depth knowledge on characteristics and identities of the different elements that they interact with on a day-to-day basis.

We are innovating in the public education since we are the only child centers that offer this type of pedagogy and methodology in public centers for children living in at-risk communities. 

As you know, the community is an important part of the identity of the children, who are an active part of it. Every space and service is understood from their different perspectives. The children worked on a project called “Getting to know our community” where they began to discover some of their surroundings and they told us what these places meant for them and how they related to their community.

*Translation from image below:

Drawings of their community church by Axel (5 years, 10 months) and Isaac (5 years, 5 months)

"Hatillo is very big, it's in Costa Rica, but also in San José. I live in Hatillo 4 but there are other parts like Hatillo 1 and 2." 

"At the center for the elderly, the grandparents exercise and dance Macarena."

Fiorella, 4

"The EBAIS is where people go to get well and feel better, they give them medicines and the doctors say that if they don't take them, they have to come back." 

Chrisdan, 4 

"Yes, I went one day and got pinched with a needle but I didn't cry."

Ashley, 4

"I went there to get my teeth pulled and the dentist people wear a white shirt so they don't get their clothes stained, sometimes it's cold."

Sara, 5

We thank you again and again for making these projects possible!! We are able to keep transforming children’s lives through education thanks to your generous donations. We have raised $10,010 so far and we are less than halfway there to achieve our $20,000 goal! I encourage you to talk to your friends, colleagues, and families about the life-changing opportunities we provide to hundreds of children so they can support us as well. I know that with your help we will make it!

The identity project also involved self-portraits
The identity project also involved self-portraits
Analyzing San Juan's child center from the outside
Analyzing San Juan's child center from the outside
Final product
Final product
Nov 2, 2016

Great news!!

We have great news and I am very eager to share them with you! As you know, we work really hard to provide a high quality education and alimentation to hundreds of children living in poverty and vulnerable situations in Costa Rica. All of our efforts are directed so these children can have the best early childhood development by nurturing their socio-emotional, cognitive and nutritional needs. Thanks to all your donations, we have been able to do so with the children that have been attending our child centers for months and some for years.

However, I am extremely pleased to share with you that thanks to recurrent monthly donations on our GlobalGiving’s project, we were able to enroll a girl at our child center in Loto de Desamparados just yesterday!!!!!! These recurring donations will cover the monthly costs (investment) for this girl's early quality education and alimentation.

Lucía (fictional name due to the family’s request) was on the waitlist and was not able to enroll at our child center at Loto because her family did not have the money to do so. Nevertheless, as soon as we began receiving these recurring donations, we told Lucía’s mother that her prayers had been answered: her daughter was now able to attend our child center and now the mother has the opportunity to find a job to support her family.

Right now, all of our child centers still have many available spaces for more children to come and we would love to fill all of them up and transform more lives. However, we do not have enough funds to fill all these spaces. So I encourage you to make a recurring donation – you can donate from $15 (partial scholarship) to $255 (complete scholarship) – so more and more children on our waitlists may be blessed by your monthly generosity.

We were told from the GlobalGiving Team that "all new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation."

Also, "there will be an unprecedented 50% matching for #GivingTuesday donations up to the first $1 million raised. This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day in order to match more donations than ever before!"

Don't miss these opportunities to help us impact more children's lives!

We know that with your help we can raise the $11,470 that are missing to achieve our goal.

I thank all of you for being part of this project. I also thank our generous monthly donors for giving Lucía a lifetime opportunity.

Have a great week!

My kindest regards,

Inge Hernández Beck

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Aug 8, 2016

''Panza llena, corazon contento.''

In Costa Rica we have many sayings. A typical one that everyone says after eating a meal is ‘’Panza llena, corazón contento.’’ which in English translates to ‘’Full belly, happy heart.’’ I decided to name our sixth report like this because thanks to your donations, you have contributed to our children’s full bellies and happy hearts!

With the disbursement we received this month from your donations, we are going to be able to feed 24 children for a whole month with 4 meals a day for 5 days a week!

The first five years of life are essential for a person’s physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development. A balanced and healthy nutrition is essential for a child’s development since it is a fundamental factor that ensures a child’s optimal growth and development. That is why at Fundación DEHVI we focus on giving the children the best nutrition and education out there.

Meal-time and snack-time are very special moments during the day for our boys and girls therefore we decided to interview a boy from our child center in Hatillo so he could tell us about his favorite food.

Teacher: ‘’Emanuel, what is your favorite food?’’

Emanuel: ‘’My favorite food is everything they do at the ‘Food Atelier’, I am crazy for the food because I love everything!’’

The ‘Food Atelier’ is where the cooking lady cooks and where the children eat. It is not called the cafeteria or the dining hall because it is much more than that. At the ‘Food Atelier’ the children share moments with their peers. The 3-5 year olds serve their own tables and food for their peers, where they learn about proportions and sharing. These children get to eat at the different kinds of food at the 'Food Atelier' that they are not able to eat their homes. That is why all the children, like Emanuel, love when it's breakfast-, snack-, and lunch-time at Fundación DEHVI's child centers! 

Thank you for your support! Thank you for helping us bring food to all of our ‘Food Atelier’ in all of our child centers. Thank you for helping Emanuel and his friends have a full belly and a happy heart.

I would like to motivate you to tell your family and friends about Fundación DEHVI and what we do so more people can support us and transform more lives. I would also like to motivate you to begin a monthly donation via GlobalGiving to ensure a healthy development for hundreds of children in Costa Rica.

Enjoying breakfast
Enjoying breakfast

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