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Jul 18, 2018

Make Clara Luna a permanent place for the children

The Clara Luna Foundation is a reliable presence in Puerto Lopez, a secure place for children to explore the world through their access to books in our reading room. Our after-school language programs strive to make learning English exciting and enjoyable to young minds that want to grow their  horizons and knowledge.

Clara Luna provides programs for children and youth to engage in educational and creative activities, something very uncommon in Ecuador and especially in small towns like Puerto Lopez. Children are given an opportunity to do arts and crafts, read books, play games, and work together on community initiatives. They are taught skills like leadership, communication, and critical thinking.

The cost of renting our building is the major expense that we occur. With a permanent place of our own those funds could be used expanding our outreach to more children with our exceptional programs.

Help make Clara Luna an enduring presence in the lives of the children of Puerto Lopez.

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Jun 27, 2018

Life is good at Clara Luna

Having fun!
Having fun!
On March, Clara Luna planned many activities of Club de Niños during this month around the celebration of courageous and influential women of the world. One source of inspiration and information about heroic women was the book “ Cuentos de Buenas Noches para Niñas Rebeldes “ ( Good Night Tales for
Rebel Girls) by Elenea Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.
This book tells of the extraordinary lives of 100 brave women and, in addition, features the illustrations
of 60 artists from around the world.
Volunteers Marie, Maelle and Yesica read the stories of their lives and their struggles and then the
children illustrated their deeds on posters.
Some of the selected stories featured Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan biologist, environmentalist and the
first African woman to receive the Nobel Prize. She was known as the "Tree Woman" for having promotes the planting of millions of trees.
Policarpa Salavarrieta was a hero and martyr in the Columbian fight for independence from Spain.
The story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head when she returned by bus from the school to
her home was of great interest to the children. The reason for the attack was clear: this 16-year-old girl
had dared to raise her voice to defend rights of girls to be educated. We staged a puppet show that told
the story of her fight for education and the bravery she exhibited.
Volunteers Ed, Dallas and Mercedes continued English lessons with their respective classes.
Once Upon a Time, a monthly program, spotlighted young readers, Flavio, Jaime and Harold, reading
short stories to an audience of parents and peers.
The Disabilities Club learned to make ceviche, cleaning the fish, chopping the ingredients and squeezing
the limes. Then we had a delicious meal. We also went surfing. Many of the participants ventured into
the surf for the first time and discovered that they loved it. Special thank you to Adam and the surf crew
from Ayampe. See the video by Brian Bautista.
March was a busy and fulfilling month at Clara Luna.April at Clara Luna, we had excellent assistance from the volunteers: Maëlle from France, Jana from Germany and Yesica from Colombia.The Children's Club had its registration of new members. We also welcomed all the children and parents who joined the Clara Luna Family during 2018.During Children's Club for the International the Day of Art we featured Willy, the most famous chimp of children's literature. He taught us about classical works of art through Anthony Brown's book "Willy's Paintings". Also, the children were introduced to the French painter Henri Matisse by making his famous “Cutouts” with their own individual interpretations.For Earth Day, the children learned more about respect for nature as we once again we read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. We searched for the lost “Once-ler ", reminding the little ones that through small and simple For Earth Day, the children learned more about respect for nature as we once again we read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. We searched for the lost “Once-ler ", reminding the little ones that through small and simple actions we can still protect our mother earth.For the Day of the Book, the children of the club were captivated by Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" embarking on an extraordinary trip that will take them to other adventures that are coming soon. We also watched a video of the Beatles song “Yellow Submarine” and learned the chorus in English.
The Teenager’s Club spent several sessions learning about and discussing Emotional Intelligence. 
May at Clara Luna was full of adventures and parties, with the volunteers: Richard and Sara from England, Sarah from Germany and Landy from Ecuador. After the Labor Day holiday, we restarted with more strength and desire to continue working. We started our annual School for Parents program, with sessions on children's rights, advisable discipline and adolescence.
The Children's Club continued traveling with Jules Verne through the books, they embarked on the Nautilus in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "From the Earth to the Moon", two titles that blew the imagination of our little readers to the voice of "We all live in a yellow submarine ..."
Also, we had the first arts festival in Puerto López, FestiArtes 2018, there were: murals painted, a children's reading space, workshops for children, craft fair and art and cultural activities. For a weekend, Puerto López enjoyed this wonderful family and recreational program.   

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Circus activity.
Circus activity.
FestiArtes 2018.
FestiArtes 2018.
Workshop for children at Festiartes.
Workshop for children at Festiartes.
Murals at FestiArtes.
Murals at FestiArtes.
Jun 26, 2018

Mobile libraries bring books to new small communities.

Activity in Chone
Activity in Chone

On April, Cuentos en la Plaza, the mobile libraries, had a visit to Cámara Junior of Chone, along with sixty kids from the program "Semillero de Líderes", with whom we shared a very enjoyable reading session, a free exploration of books and the story "Silly Billy" by Anthony Brown. The children made the worry dolls called in Spanish “ Quitapesares”, who, according to folklore, help solve your problems if they are placed under your pillow while you sleep.

In Tabuchila and San Vicente we celebrated Earth Day with "The Lorax" and the puppet play "Malala and the Magic Pencil".

On May, the mobile libraries were once again to Chone, working on Mother's Day activities to support Cámara Junior program, this time we read "My Mom" by Anthony Brown, who helped us to discover how special is our mom and how many wonderful and things our mother has and how much she loves us.

The worry dolls.
The worry dolls.
Reading "Silly Billy".
Reading "Silly Billy".
Craft activity.
Craft activity.
Painting.
Painting.
Reading in San Vicente.
Reading in San Vicente.
 
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