Oct 16, 2020

A new Workspace for the Eldorado Textile Project

The Eldorado Textile Project continues to provide local women with a supportive community that has been a great help to them during the Coronavirus pandemic. They were very grateful that our teacher, Carol, managed to travel to ACER Brasil in August to distribute materials so that they could continue to embroider at home, and they posted photos of their new work on their WhatsApp group that demonstrate just how much their skills and creativity have developed over the past three years.

Our teacher and coordinator, Carol, writes:

'We never imagined experiencing a pandemic and going through such a long period of social isolation. During all this time, we managed to continue our freestyle embroidery work and the group remained virtually active, which was very important both for continuing to give our community social support and for helping to finance the project.

Soon we will be meeting face-to-face again, a moment which we’ve all been waiting for. Safety measures for the welfare of all the women and their families will be followed. I think that with the return of face-to-face activities, the women will come full of a desire to work and create, and that the project will grow from strength to strength.’

Thanks to a generous donation, we now have a new dedicated workspace with better ventilation and lighting and industrial standard equipment that can be used for both the women’s group and for a new vocational course in textiles for local young people. At the beginning of August, the executive team at ACER Brasil developed a full sanitary plan in accordance with both World Health Organisation and local State and Municipal guidelines so that we could safely restart activities. After much lobbying, ACER Brasil has now been given official authorisation to reopen, and the women are delighted to be returning next week. Their first job will be a commission, enabled by a donation from an ex-ACER volunteer, to make masks and sports bibs for ACER’s large sporting community of children and young people so that they are able to resume their sporting activities more safely.

Adriana working on her embroidery at home
Adriana working on her embroidery at home
Mere embroidering at home
Mere embroidering at home
A piece by Adriana
A piece by Adriana
A beautiful embroidery by Viviane
A beautiful embroidery by Viviane
Aug 25, 2020

Continuing the work during quarantine

Kaylaine Live
Kaylaine Live

Despite the pandemic, the Stories Transforming the Future Project continues in action, mediators are taking turns doing lives and making videos to be posted on ACER's YouTube channel. Videos are posted on Mondays and Fridays and Tuesdays and Thursdays there are live sessions on Instagram, where mediators tell stories and play games for children. Reading is very important for the development of children, in addition to being fun as Everton, who watches all the lives and videos said:
“I like storytelling, because it is good for distracting the mind and it is very cool. I think it's great! Very practical and interesting, I think it's important. It wouldn't change anything, it's very good.”
- Everton, 06 years old

It is also very important for our teenagers, as it has given them the opportunity to improve their communication and the way they work. Kaylaine, one of the young mediators told us about the experience:
“In most of the stories we tell, there is some kind of teaching behind it or some way to develop children's imagination and thus also encourage them to want to read more stories. I like making videos and lives, because somehow I still help and keep doing the work I like. We reading mediators have the role of encouraging and bringing reading closer to children, contributing to their development, and I would not change any of that.”
- Kaylaine, 16 years old - Reading Mediator.

It is very important and gratifying to know that the Project is making improvements in so many lives, for young people and children, improving their development despite all this difficult period that we are facing, because even in isolation, children can have contact with educational activities, because not all parents have time to read a book for the child.

We are really looking forward to the return of storytelling and puppet theatre in schools.

Everton watching and listening
Everton watching and listening
Kaylaine storytelling
Kaylaine storytelling
Jul 5, 2020

Rugby under lockdown!

Emily leading a session
Emily leading a session

Even during this quarantine period, we have been trying to make students continue to practice activities, even in social isolation. Videos and lives are made on social networks with physical and fitness exercises, motor coordination, displacement, game rules, among others. One of the main activities is Rugby, which is very important because it has contributed to the development of several children and young people.

Emilly, 17,  is one of the youth monitors and keen rugby player who is recording the exercises so that students do not lose the habit of excercising and she told us a little about how the routine is going on in this pandemic: “Classes are being held through video calls and postings of exercises performed by us, on social networks. We can say that it is a bit still, the students are not participating as much as expected, but we are keeping the content up to date. At first, I had a little difficulty because I didn't have that much ease with these recording things and because of the space too. As we are in a difficult moment, I hope that when everything improves, our classes will grow more and more, after all, many students always ask when we will return with the face-to-face activities. ACER has contributed to the performance of these children and young people, maintaining the dynamics of the students, at home we stand still, often doing nothing, with our classes we are giving content to them, some of our students have even sent videos running the activities that we went through. And so, our work is making good progress, even in quarantine.”

Despite all this, there are some limitations, as not everyone can access the digital platforms where the class takes place remotely, which is a problem we faced during this period. Even so, Rugby transforms young people and children who may not have the opportunity to develop sports skills. The expectation is that all this will pass soon, that we can learn a lot from it and so that we can return to activities, with an even greater number of young people participating in the classes.

Before COVID
Before COVID
Rugby online!
Rugby online!
 
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