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Feb 7, 2017

January at Clara Luna

After the Christmas and New Year holidays,  the activities return on January 10th with the English courses for the Rabbits and the Butterflies levels, and a little later for the Tigers. The "Language exchange" returned as well, which was welcomed warmly by the new volunteers, whom have little knowledge of Spanish. "Club de Ninos" is very popular and the attendance is growing every week. We had 38 kids participate in the "Pirate" theme activity. They all made pirate's hats, eyes patches and participated in a treasure hunt.  The monthly themes varies based on the books they are reading. The past month the kids have made a lion's head mask, a big birthday cake,  and a bird in a nest. During club de niños they also play outside for a game or two. All this, of course,  after 30 minutes of reading. The new "Club de Jovenes" is having a lot of success.  About 20 teenagers meet at Clara Luna every Saturday morning. "Cuentas in la Plaza" happens every two weeks.  Many children and families playing in the park are interested and come to read a book or two. 

For the first time Puerto Lopez had the "Feria Algarroba" from January 21-22 on the "malecon" or boardwalk. Clara Luna had a stand and offered different activities for the kids,  such as reading, face painting, a puppet show, and storytelling by Paola and some of the kids.  Valeria and Arturo, friends of Clara Luna, entertained the children with songs.

The last week of January,  Paola and three volunteers went to visit 3 villages touched by earthquakes last April. This is a visit that Clara Luna has committed to doing monthly since the earthquake. The children had a rare occasion to read,  draw, hear storytelling and watch a puppet show named "La Gallinita Roja" played by the volunteers.  The children appreciated the show and laughed a lot when the curtain accidentally play fell down revealing all of the puppets and actors.  This incident could be used again for the next shows,  it's a guaranteed success for laughs. 

Here we are , January is over and we are going into February with thrilling programs and busier than ever! 

Jan 26, 2017

GLOW is Happening!

Our 2017 has been off to an amazing start with all the work happening at Clara Luna, most notably GLOW camp. Our camp will be held from March 29-April 2 for 45 participants. Right now, we are in full planning mode. That includes making sure transportation, lodging, food, and snacks are all in order. That lesson plans are finalized and facilitators begin practicing their sessions. Girls are beginning to prepare by attending a weekly youth group and being introduced to the themes of GLOW. 

Besides all the planning, spirits are high and we are excited and energized for this camp. In just a few short months we will be there! 

Thanks for staying up to date! 

Jan 9, 2017

The Beginning: Mobile Library and Kid Centers

One of the communities - Tabuchilla
One of the communities - Tabuchilla

Nearly nine months after the earthquake and there is still work to be done. 

Clara Luna is working diligently to continue with our earthquake relief projects in the affected areas of San Vicente, Tabuchilla, Bahia de Caraquez, Rio Muchacho, Tabuga, and Canoa. Our work is primarily directed at children, ensuring that their lives are less impacted by the destruction of the earthquake. After a natural disaster, the first instincts are projects focusing on food, medicine, and shelter. Now that all of those needs have been sufficiently taken care of, it is important to focus on the stability of the children in these areas and providing them with spaces to be children. 

After conducting months of children activities in the shleters and communities that have been affected by the earthquake, we have found a way to continue to improve the lives of children and lessen their trauma in these areas while we are not there with mobile libraries and kid centers. Six community leaders have been identified that will be responsible for these mobile libraries. They will have designated areas and times during the week where they will bring childrens books and activities, provided by Clara Luna. 

To begin these mobile centers, Clara Luna has begun collecting the materials that will make up our mobile libraries (books, boxes, mats to sit on, and art supplies). We are currently planning a two-day training for February 17 and 18th where the six community leaders will visit Puerto Lopez to learn more about working with children, the effects of trauma on children, and how to run a mobile library. There they will be provided with the materials to begin their mobile libraries to take back to their communities. 

We are inspired by your donations and this project could not be possible without your generous support. 

Looking forward to sharing with you the impact these childrens centers and mobile libraries have on their communities. 

Devin and the Clara Luna team

Soon they will have their own books!
Soon they will have their own books!
Crafts with the kids
Crafts with the kids
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