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 simpleFor 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.
Workshop for children at Festiartes.
Murals at FestiArtes.
Jun 26, 2018
Mobile libraries bring books to new small communities.
By Paola Martinez - Director
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.
Reading "Silly Billy".
Reading in San Vicente.
Apr 23, 2018
Home is the place where dreams do come.
By Paola Martinez - Director
Since 2010, the dreams of more than 100 locals have been fulfilled thanks to the generosity of our donors. Clara Luna has been serving as a gathering place and a dreaming space for the children, youht and families we serve. We continue dreaming and our community deserves this permanent house, to develop community initiatives and programs.
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.