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Dec 21, 2018

Inspiring leadership through literacy

The very neat purple crayon
The very neat purple crayon

Our after school program Club de Niños started September by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”, by Olivier Jeffers that included a story about a very neat purple crayon that didn’t like being used to color outside the lines. September 8th was International Literacy Day which we celebrated by bringing boxes of books to the Mother’s Park in Puerto Lopez for "Stories in the Park," giving access to books, promoting literacy and cultivating a love for reading. Volunteers Trish, Bonnie , Ed and Laura read with the local youth.

Our after school program, Club de Niños, started in September by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”,  by Olivier Jeffers that included a story about a very neat purple crayon that didn’t like being used to color outside the lines. September 8th was International Literacy Day which we celebrated by bringing boxes of books to the Mother’s Park in Puerto Lopez for "Stories in the Park” thereby giving access to books, promoting literacy and cultivating a love for reading. Volunteers Trish, Bonnie, Ed and Laura read with the local youth.

 

During the month we also read “Yellow Bird”,  by Olga de Dios-the story of a flightless bird that invents a flying device that he shares with other animals, so they too can fly. After the reading we were assisted by Andrea from Italy in making “flying devices” that included paper airplanes (see the link to a video). We launched them with much enthusiasm. We also used a craft to illustrate the importance of diversity as symbolized by a rainbow.

 

In early October we read “Igor, the bird that couldn't sing"  by Satoski Kitamura. The children were taught by a visiting group of musicians how to make their own music by using rhythm and slapping their chests.

 

The children also made a short-animated film about the life of local fishermen assisted by two film makers, Julia and Charles from France.

 

Clara Luna visited Casa Búho, the neighboring community of Machililla children's project, with a puppet show of "Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler during their Halloween/ Day of the Dead celebration. We also had a Halloween party where we made toilet paper mummies.

 

In November we participated in the First Festival of Kites in Puerto Lopez that was organized by Quentin, a friend of Clara Luna (see link below for a video).  For two days prior to the event we assembled recycled plastic bags and wooden sticks into kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. We met on the beach where there was a steady wind and we flew the kites until dark.

On the last Friday of the month we held our "Once upon a Time" -an event where the children become the storytellers and parents assist as the page turners.

 

The children were joyously engaged in all activities during this busy time.

 

 

Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
Reading stories in the park
Reading stories in the park
Halloween mummies
Halloween mummies
Diversity rainbow
Diversity rainbow
Once upon a Time event
Once upon a Time event

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Nov 21, 2018

Cuentos en la Plaza- Bibliotecas Moviles continues

Cuentos en la Plaza- Bibliotecas Móviles continues to expand.

On June, our mobile libraries visited Ludoteca San Vicente, Tabuchila, Río Muchacho, Pío Montúfar Shelter in Bahía de Caráquez, the attentive children listened to the stories of the books, read non-stop, took the puppet play "El escondite de las ganas” (The hideout of desire) by Jonas Ribiero, an inspiring story about daring to discover our hidden dreams and fight for them. We read animal stories "Hipópotamo peleón" (Big Bully Hippo) by Stuart Trotter and "Hipo no nada" (Hippo does not swim) by Pablo Bernasconi. The craft activity did not wait, the children made their hippos with big mouths, white teeth and crazy eyes.

On July, we visited the communities de Tabuchila, la escuela del milenio en Canoa, Ludoteca Nueva Esperanza en San Vicente, y Coaque, the children read, listened attentively to the pair of "Monstruo Rosa” (Pink monster) and "Pájaro Amarillo” (Yellow bird) by Olga de Dios, two stories about diversity and the value of sharing, inviting us to take care of the planet and to liberate our idea for the common good. The children made their own yellow birds and returned to home happy.

On August, we had the honor to coordinate work with Libraries without borders, we inaugurated a new mobile library, the children of Coaque now have their own space to fill up with stories, we made the presentation with the triology by Oliver Jeffers with "Perdido y encontrado” (Lost and found), "De vuelta a casa” (The way back to home) and "Cómo alcanzar una estrella" (How to Catch a Star), in the craft activity, each child drew and painted his own penguin, in 10 steps, following the instructions of Oliver Jeffers himself.

We want to highlight the importance of volunteer work in the communities we visit, stung by the critter reader, we are happy that they remain motivated and spread the seeds, we have observed that some communities are germinating and giving the fruits of Love for reading..

It's so thrilling to be keep counting and adding!

Oct 16, 2018

We continue dreaming for a permanent place.

“Having a place to go- is a home. Having someone to love- is a family. Having both- is blessing.“-Donna Hedger.

We continue dreaming for a permanent place. 

The security of a “forever home” will provide the children and youth the opportunity to keep developing self-confidence and open-mindedness by learning and playing.

The dream of a permanent home for the Clara Luna Foundation means funds now allocated for monthly expenses could be spent on expanded programs.

If you believe magic happens all the time. Now it's time to check out where the magic happens. Watch this video: 

It was Flying Day at Clara Luna!

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