Working in Chone!
Since the Earthquake last April, Clara Luna has been involved in relief and recovery of the affected areas. We have focused our attention primarily on children, because that is our specialty. For months and months, we worked in shelters providing children's programs to the kids. Many of them were not attending school because their schools had been destroyed. If they were attending school, they had no extracurricular activities outside of school in the shelters. A majority of people were living in shelters until August, today nearly a year after, some people are still in shelters. After many people moved out of the shelter there was still a dire need to provide childrens programs in the area since many of these programs no longer existed.
Clara Luna developed a way to continue providing children's programs in the affected areas with its mobile libraries. Throughout our work in the shelters, we were able to identify key community members who would be able to lead the mobile libraries. Because there is no physical space to work, working with key community leaders was essential. These people would then be responsible for holding children's activities and free reading time for the kids in their community, while Clara Luna could not be present. For example, this person would bring books and materials to the park every Tuesday at 4pm to work with a group of children.
In February, we had all the details finalized of the project and held a two day training for the community members who would be in charge of our mobile libraries or what we call "Cuentos en la Plaza". Members from six communities of the affected areas from the earthquake participated in the workshop where they learned better techniques to work with children, how children cope with trauma (the earthquake), why reading and art is important for children, the how to's of "cuentos en la plaza", and how to evaluate the project and it's success. At the completion of the training each community member received a donation from Clara Luna of 106 books and some materials for the crafts. Now, these leaders are working in their communities weekly with the children affected by the earthquake.
We would not have been able to find these community leaders, do this training, or give these donations to deserving communities if it wasn't for your support. Thank you for believing in Clara Luna and it's mission to provide children's programs to them most deserving of children in Ecuador.
The community group in Tabuchilla
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