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Mar 27, 2018

We continue on the roads with Mobile Libraries

The work of bringing books, cultural activities, and entertainment to the children of earthquake ravaged north of Manabi province continues.  

In January for our trip to the north we prepared the magical puppet show “El Mago de Oz” (The Wizard of Oz). For this we received help from the new volunteer Jade. Together Volunteers Ed, Jade, Lino and Nina made the puppets with felt, cardboard, cloth and buttons. The famous Oz characters of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Wizard and two Witches, one Good and of course, one Bad were created. Our first performance was before the assembled “Club the Ninos” on a Friday afternoon in Puerto Lopez. They really enjoyed the show and it was a dress rehearsal for our trip north.

Then we were ready to go on tour to the kids in the earthquake region up north. Very early Saturday morning we left by bus. Our troupe managed to inspire and fascinate these kids with the puppet show and our simple magic tricks. They also became true magicians with their self-made magic wands. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

Reading with them was a special treat as well, because you could tell they really needed the practice made possible through the Clara Luna Foundation.  It was amazing to be able to make the children laugh and be happy!

In February we traveled with Joseph, Yesica, Paola and Marina to the north with the Marin turtle story. In spite of the rain, the kids of San Vicente, Tabuchila, Canoa and Chone seemed very happy  to have books to read, volunteers to read with them, the puppet show, the games and Marin the handcrafted turtle.

Jan 22, 2018

"There's no place like home".

"There's no place like home"

That famous last line from the movie THE WIZARD OF OZ  says everything !

Clara Luna needs a home to call its own. The children of Puerto Lopez need to know that we are here for them on a permanent basis. In an ever changing world, children need  the confidence of familiar surroundings such as the reading room in our building and the art areas where they have spent many interesting hours expanding their horizons in literature and the arts.

The security of a “forever home” will provide the children an opportunity to continue arts and crafts, read books, play games, work together on community initiatives and expand these programs in a space that they know will be always there. Please consider a donation that will help guarantee the Clara Luna Foundation a home of its own.

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

For ten years, in rented spaces with a cost of approximately $1000 per month, Clara Luna has provided programs for children and youth that engages them in educational and creative activities. This is something very uncommon in Ecuador, especially in small towns like Puerto Lopez. They are taught skills like leadership, communication and critical thinking; otherwise a rare opportunity.

Won't you help us find our way HOME.?

Home sweet home.
Home sweet home.
Clara Luna Foundation house.
Clara Luna Foundation house.
Dec 28, 2017

Earthquake relief continues

REPORT: Earthquake Relief

On October, Paola, Joseph, Linda and Scott left early in the morning for a weekend-long visit to Canoa, Tabuchila, Río Muchacho, San Vicente, and Chone in northern Manabí province. We visited many locations in these areas and gave the kids a chance to read for a while, sing and dance along to Chumba La Cachumba, listen to a reading of each of the leyendas, and watch a presentation of the puppet show Etsa

In November was our last visit of 2017, the trip to the north was also a really fun experience. Paola Joseph and Antonia and Lino, a new volunteer from Germany, for the trip. Together we visited various schools in Canoa, Tabuchila, San Vincente and Chone to read with the Kids and perform the theatre production “Davilara el Rey de la Bomba”. It was great to see the kids staring at the puppets with open mouths, and to see the wonder in their faces while telling the story. Reading with them was a special treat as well, because you could tell they really needed the practice made possible through the Clara Luna Foundation.  It was amazing to be able to make the children laugh and be happy! 

On our last day in Chone, we where able to take part in the parade for the Dia Internacional de la Discapacidad.

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