Dec 20, 2020

BACK TO ACTION DURING THE PANDEMIC

Listening to a story
Listening to a story

With the quarantine extension meaning schools have stayed closed, and the return of some face-to-face classes at our community centre, the Stories Transforming the Future Project also resumed activities in a different way. Before, young mediators went to schools to read and play with children in their own classroom, but now the children who go to ACER to participate in other activities,  now have the story telling and games sessions at our centre.

Lucas, the young man who leads the project, told how this period of activities is going:

“At the beginning, we had a lot of difficulty, due to the return of activities and protocols, but we talked and adjusted all the points and we already have a way to carry out the sessions. The biggest difficulty in the beginning was to follow all the protocols, but with day to day we adjust this, like when books are returned to the library,  we leave them 48 hours in a closed box, but we talk about all the difficulties of the project and we solve them in the best possible way.

It is certainly a new experience for them, before we went to them, now they come to meet us, and the environment here at ACER is different from the school ”.

One of the reading mediators, Kaylaine, also gave us her point of view:

“I confess that this year was not easy, having to get away from what I was used to doing, but when it returned, it was not difficult to adapt again and everything happened normally and in a positive way.

I don't really think that when we got back we had difficulties, what we have to talk about is the sanitary protocol, which we had to adapt as well.

I think the kids are enjoying it, we always try to do it in a way that they like and I wouldn't change anything ”. 

The children who participate in this project visit ACER twice a week and are divided into two different time slots, wearing a mask and with all the spaces and materials sanitized, thus avoiding crowding and following all precautions and safety protocols.

In addition to the activities of the Stories Transforming the Future Project, ACER's community library has contributed to the development of reading, not only for children and young people, but for people of all ages since it contains books of various types and genres, even in Braille. One of these people is Tatiana, 41, who is used to borrowing books: “I take a book out at the ACER library weekly, I think this is very important. I like it there because of the diversity of titles and the practicality of the books being already separated and during the pandemic I request the number of books and subjects via WhatsApp. It would be really nice if they gave suggestions. I would like to take the children to enjoy the environment to get a taste for reading, outside the pandemic ”.

It is gratifying to see how, through activities at ACER Brasil, reading is becoming a habit for the community.

Reading
Reading
Playing a game
Playing a game
Books to lend
Books to lend
Nov 24, 2020

Our new workspace is open!

A selfie of Carol in the new workspace
A selfie of Carol in the new workspace

We are very excited that our new dedicated textile workspace at ACER Brasil is finally in use, and would like to take this opportunity to share our latest photos.

The women’s group was very happy to return to face-to face activities, despite the restrictions of mask wearing, social distancing, and rigorous cleaning procedures. In accordance with their policy to avoid waste and recycle where possible, their first task was to sort out some large bags of fabric remnants donated by a local textile supply company.

This week the women are cutting out masks for the children and young people from ACER’s community involved in sporting activities, ready to start sewing next week. They are also making up the items that they embroidered during the quarantine period at home for pre-Christmas sales and events, which will be held online. Some of them tried out the new machines, which include an overlocker and fabric cutting machine.

The new vocational course in textiles and fashion for local teenagers has also started with the full complement of seven students, all girls aged between 14 and 18, who will be meeting at ACER for three hours a week over two years. This course will also place emphasis on sustainable and ethical textile practice and will include, for example, the repair and recycling of garments as well as their design and production. All the new materials needed are currently being bought from local fabric and haberdashery shops in order to support the local economy under the current difficult circumstances. This new initiative has now been listed as a separate microproject, ‘A textile course for teenagers from São Paulo’

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Sorting bags of fabric remnants
Sorting bags of fabric remnants
Sorting fabric remnants
Sorting fabric remnants
Trying out a new machine
Trying out a new machine
New cleaning procedures
New cleaning procedures
Making up embroidered items
Making up embroidered items
Nov 2, 2020

Returning to Face-to-Face Activities

Playing
Playing

After a long wait and months of isolation, this October, ACER Brasil's sports activities were resumed and one of them was Rugby. Both students and teachers had to adapt to the new protocols to ensure everyone's safety and still continue the activities.
Right at the entrance, body temperature is measured, hand hygiene with gel alcohol and feet on the carpet, disposable gloves are placed and children are directed to the place of activities, always respecting a safe distance.
Emilly, 17, is one of the monitors in the sports team and spoke briefly about the resumption of classes in this new structure: “When the activities resumed, the beginning was a little complicated, without students, unaccustomed to the new methods of protection and all the care, but now we are progressing better in this situation and we are having a good result. In relation to students, they are lost a little in the organization due to the new form of security, but who is not? Even we make little mistakes. However, the return of activities made us feel good, we missed interacting, doing something to distract ourselves and expend energy. At least the students who resumed at the beginning continue to come, it is a good sign ”.
Despite the adaptations of the new methods, the students are very happy with the return of Rugby activities, which are taking place in the theatre at ACER's community centre. According to a 14-year-old student, resuming training was very good and he added: “Even with all the care, the important thing is that we are not losing content, we can learn in the same way as before”.
Gradually, we are adapting and being able to make the most of face-to-face activities, as it is important to continue transforming the lives of children and young people through Rugby and other activities, because many of them do not have other opportunities to develop sports skills. Without forgetting to always prioritize the safety and well-being of players and employees.

Stretching
Stretching
Socially Spaced Activities
Socially Spaced Activities
 
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