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Nov 18, 2019

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TITLE OR SUBJECT OF REPORT:  Scary stories at Clara Luna haunting house 

This September, we read Anthony Browne’s club King Kong, for the children’s. The kids loved the craft activities that followed, which included making King Kong masks and colorful armbands. For our last children’s club of September, we went to the central park of Puerto López. Here activities were being held in honor of the last day of September 2019’s climate strike. The kids read books about the planet and our impact on it. After, they put on a theater performance in the park. Intercambio and English classes with adults carried on as usual. In our English club with children, we introduced the Japanese poetry style of haikus, first in Spanish then progressing to English.

The month of October was an exciting month for the Clara Luna Foundation, our main focus of this month was on scary stories, more specifically old Ecuadorian legends. Since the month of October is known for Halloween, which is followed by Día de los Muertos, we mainly worked around different ecuadorian legends such as ‘La Mano Negra’, ‘La Dama Tapada’, ‘Las Brujas Blancas’ and many more. With Halloween and Día de los Muertos in mind, we organised an event on the 25th of October, during our weekly Club de Niños. On this day three pairs of children read the ecuadorian legends for the other parents and children. Another group of children performed a muppet show called ‘Davilara, el Rey de la Bomba’, based on the (recently) award-winning book ‘A ritmo endiablado de bomba’ written by Marco Chamorro and Alice Bossut. Thanks to the help of the parents, the volunteers and Paola’s organisational skills the event turned out very successful. The children were all dressed up in their favourite Halloween costume and the parents had prepared some delicious hot chocolate milk and rosquitas, which is a traditional treat during similar Clara Luna events.  

Paola Martínez R.
Director
www.claraluna.com.ec
593 - 990625479



Nov 14, 2019

Lifetime adventures on Mobile Libraries

Reading session, GDD 2016
Reading session, GDD 2016

Hello everyone!

First at all,thanks very much for reading us! it looks a year ago we took our first journey to the north for working with children in rural communities of Manabi.

During September, Mobile Libraries participed to the Annual Conference of Good Dees Day in Lima, Peru, we have the change to share our giving story, it was a wonderful oportunity to explain to an audience why we keep moving forward with Mobile Libraries. Visiting Peru was like stepping back three years!

In order to give you some context, in March 2016, before of the earthquake in Ecuador, some friends had the initiative of doing good in Platanales Village by the Good Deeds Day movement, in a rural school, we started cleanning, organizing and painting the school, and at the end, we did a grant opening event with reading activities, magic tricks, face painting and puppets. After, where the earthquake happened, we did not what to do at the begining, but later we thought about our Good Deeds Day, and it was like connecting accros actions and places where we joining to do good for others. It was an unexpected and unpredictable way to help!

Also, we drove to the north with boxes of books, and the puppets play "La peor señora del mundo" ("The worst woman in the world"), children from San Vicente, Canoa and Tabucila laughed with this evil and grumpy lady, our volunteer Annabel from France did a pretty good role as the moody lady, and the moan of the dove by Margo from Belgium was a soft and funny murmuring sound. Also, the kids read the book "Rana de tres ojos" ("Three Eyed Frog") by Olga de Dios, and an icebreaker activity leading by Margo, who knows well how to play educational and fun games!

In October, we visited Canoa, San Vicente and Chone, this time with the puppets play "A ritmo endiablado de bomba" ("Devilish drum beat"), by Marco Chamorro and Alice Bossut, together with the Ecuadorian legends of creatures, spirits and magical people from our flocklore, children get a scary time at haunting stories from Mobile Libraries.

In November in first part, we took part in theTraditional Games Festival, it was a morning and evening full of games from different cultures, and for different ages, whole families from San Vicente joinned this important annual event organized by Ludoteca Nueva Esperanza, one of our Mobile Libraries partners.

 We hope you will continue reading some about more adventures on the road!

Puppets show, GDD 2016
Puppets show, GDD 2016
Face painting, GDD 2016.
Face painting, GDD 2016.
Team GDD 2016.
Team GDD 2016.
What inspires you to do good?, GDD Conf. 2019.
What inspires you to do good?, GDD Conf. 2019.
Reading in Canoa
Reading in Canoa
Ecuadorian Legends in Chone
Ecuadorian Legends in Chone
Reading in the park, Canoa
Reading in the park, Canoa
Traditional Games Festival, San Vicente
Traditional Games Festival, San Vicente
Sep 17, 2019

New children joining our programs

These lasts few months have been quite busy with the registration of new kids, curious, full of imagination and energy. The “older” kids are proud to be the one able to explain and the new ones quickly integrated to the group.

This month was the birthday of Anthony Brown, one of Clara Luna’s favorite writer, so we spend the month reading his books, especially his version of King-Kong. Since the book is large, we split it into 4 parts and read it through 2 weeks. Erveyday, the children had to try and imagine what would happen next, and you can see their imagination does not have boarders.

This book had so much success that we decided to work on it with the teenagers. They had to read it out loud to practice their oral expression, and they finished it in a day!

To continue our partnership with a French association, Yanapanaku, the teenager’s group, that did a “crepes” recipe, made thanks to a video from the French teenagers prepared a video explaining how to make a ceviche, a typical dish from the Ecuadorian coast. We are looking forward to receive the video of them trying to cook this dish !

At the beginning of the months, the children took part with their parents to the closing session of the program “escuela para padres” (school for parents). A big game in teams was organized with questions, games, challenges such as dancing competitions. It was amazing to see families compete against one another and parents having at least as much fun as the kids.

See you soon !

 
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