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Nov 14, 2016

October at Clara Luna

The month of October was very busy at Clara Luna with the month starting with only 2 volunteers, Geni and Xanthia from Australia. Needless to say the fun never ended. In Club de Niños we did crafts of bears, chickens, elephants, sunflowers and frogs which would have been impossible without the help from dedicated donors. Especially for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos we made some beautiful lanky skeletons. In English different ages learnt a variety of topics with the youngest ones learning all about “Our World” and the oldest ones concentrating on the present perfect tense. On the third weekend of October we travelled up north to Bahia, San Vicente and Canoa to do activities with the kids affected by the earthquake. This eye opening experience included visiting a tent city where kids are still living under tarps 6 months after the earthquake. Shortly after this weekend, 3 new volunteers came to join; Tatiana from Belgium, Sara from Germany and Lisa from France. With the extra volunteers, everything ran smoothly. At the end of October we hosted our monthly event for the families of Clara Luna. This month we had a soccer tournament. We were able to rent out the soccer field in the center of town for four hours. We had four teams of children, one of teenages, and two of parents. At the end of the tournament, each child received a recycled art medal. We are looking forward to all our events coming up  at the end of the year and our big holiday party in December. 

Sep 7, 2016

Growing our Clubs

Stories in the park
Stories in the park

The past couple of months have been quite busy for Clara Luna. We are continuing with our normally scheduled clubs and adding in some new activities. One that I would like to highlight is Reading in the Park that we do every other Tuesday in the main square of Puerto Lopez. In conjunction with another foundation in Puerto Lopez, we bring around 100 books and blankets to the center for children and their families to read. It allows us to spread the knowledge and importance of reading to more kids and families in Puerto Lopez. Our next reading in the park event is coming up this Tuesday. 

This past week in our kids club we learned all about music.  We invited a local guitarist and pianist to come teach the children about these instruments.  At the end, we all sang three songs together and the kids smiles said it all. In our club for kids with special needs, we continue to work on many arts and crafts that have them fine tune their motor skills.  This week we read the very hungry caterpillar and made caterpillars out of popsicle sticks and puff balls.  With the same club, we also now have a monthly surf day where the kids with special needs go to the ocean to do something they normally wouldn't be able to. Volunteers come from a local surf town to help us out and we have around 15 participants each month. If the kids are not on a surf board, they are cheering on their friends, playing soccer on the beach, or jumping into the waves. 

Our youth group is continuously growing and we are always exploring new ways to teach about leadership and volunteerism. Stay tuned for a current project we are working on to promote volunteerism, a flash mob! 

With your donations, we continue to make improvements to our clubs and programs. This past month we were able to better the reading space where the children read by adding some more seating furniture. The kids are even more excited about reading because now, they have a fun and comfortable place to do it. We are also able to purchase any supplies we may need to do our activities during the clubs, which makes for more creative learning and diversity in activities. 

Again, thank you for all the continued support. We would not be where we are today without your generous donations. 

Sending our love from Puerto Lopez, 

The Clara Luna Team 

Father and son enjoying stories in the park
Father and son enjoying stories in the park
Story time at Kids club
Story time at Kids club
Playing the piano
Playing the piano
Playing the guitar
Playing the guitar
Some kids from our special needs club
Some kids from our special needs club
Aug 1, 2016

Earthquake of magnitude 7.8 16A in Ecuador

Activities with children.
Activities with children.

7.8 16A in Ecuador, 42 seconds in which the Earth moved and forever changed the lives of all Ecuadorians.

After the earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on 16th April, something that nobody could imagine happened and from then on we were not, nor will we be the same.

Everyone surely remembers what they were doing that Saturday at 18h58, the day the Earth moved and moved us all. Then we begin to understand the tragedy. The whole country showed its solidarity with the victims of the North, of the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas and without exception we all contribute what we can to help people who lost a little, a lot and some who have lost everything!

Clara Luna team not could be indifferent to this drama that in many cases has gone beyond materials losses. With the raising of funds to aid the children who are in distress, we made relaxing leisure activities and recreation for our children in the North.

Our plan started from South to North, it took 6 weeks of work to identify and coordinate sites to carry out our planned activities with children. We began our route with the slogan "We are united by the same" and "Force Ecuador”

During the time of our work in the north, we made a delivery of 1200 kits of paper for coloring and colored pencils in the communities visited. In 6 weekends, a total of 30 volunteers, between 5 and 8 people per week visited 25 different sites between communities, refuges and shelters, in the localities of Manta, Portoviejo, Rocafuerte, Tosagua, San Vicente, Bahía de Caráquez, Canoa, Jama, Pedernales and Cojimíes.

Our weekends became life experiences and a real example of people overcoming difficulties. Ecuador, such a small country, but simultaneously so rich in nature and warmth of humanity. We see it can rise from the rubble, work that is by no means easy but not impossible. We will continue in contact with our dear neighbors, taking the deserving children more activities and rest bite from their difficult time. And as stated in Canoa children when we said: "... And Colorín colorado, this bridge has broken."

See you soon!

Rural Area around Canoa.
Rural Area around Canoa.
Puppets play!
Puppets play!
Don Juan, Jama.
Don Juan, Jama.
Refuge San Roque, Bahia de Caraquez
Refuge San Roque, Bahia de Caraquez
... And Colorin colorado, this bridge has broken.
... And Colorin colorado, this bridge has broken.

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