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Feb 21, 2019

Reading our way to Leadership


In recent months we have visited the rural community of Río Blanco and it's one room elementary school where we brought boxes of  books for the children to read with us. After a time of free reading,volunteers read a story to the assembled group of youngsters aged 6 to 10 as they listened in rapt attention. One story was about dinosaurs, always a favorite subject for the children. When the story was completed the we did an art activity making dinosaurs from paper plates.

We also extended our outreach with this program "Cuentos en la Plaza" ( Stories in the Plaza) of bringing literature and activities to  local schools in Puerto Lopez and to an after school community project in the village of Puerto Rico.

We recieved assistance from volunteers Martina from the Netherlands, Pauline from France and Victoria from Germany. Celine and Lousia from Solidarite Sud in Quebec Canada were especially helpful in preparing and presenting programs.

Our teenager's club (Club de Jóvenes) participated in a presentation from the staff of Equilibrio Azul Foundation, Proyecto Tortugas. They learned about the threat to sea turtles from plastic pollution in our coastal areas, the life cycle and nesting habits of the turtles. The teenagers were trained in identification of nesting sites and they volunteered to spend several nights on a protected beach in the Machillia National Park observing and recording nesting activities of sea turtles.

Clara Luna  wishes to express our gratitude to the children of St. Jesaja Church in volunteer Victoria's Germany home town for their donations that made the first stage renovation of the reading corner possible. Special thanks to Solidarité Sud whose volunteer's donations and physical effort  created  and furnished a new classroom that will be enjoyed by the children for a long time to come. 



Feb 21, 2019

Books keep on moving to isolated rural communities.

 On our last visit on 2018, the children waited us for reading aloud the stories, StickMan, by Julia Donaldson, brought some magic back on Christmas Season. Children made their own StickMan. We attended the Bingo and Garage Sale in Canoa. Kids from Canoa, Coaque and Tabuchila enjoyed the StickMan puppet show, they helped StickMan to come back in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. 

 On January, children from Ludoteca San Vicente and Tabuchila read aloud the story of  "Arriba y Abajo" (Up and Down), once again they listened another lovely friendship story to treasure by Oliver Jeffers, kids were happy because they learnd how to draw a peguin step by step, each kid made his own drawing. Also, we presented the puppet show "Para qué sirve un niño" (The Pointless Leopard: What Good are Kids Anyway?), by Colas Gutman, a charming tale, about the parts we play in the lives of others.

So, we finished this report loaded with new expectations and ideas to continue keeping the children reading on 2019.

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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