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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
Nov 14, 2016

October at Clara Luna

The month of October was very busy at Clara Luna with the month starting with only 2 volunteers, Geni and Xanthia from Australia. Needless to say the fun never ended. In Club de Niños we did crafts of bears, chickens, elephants, sunflowers and frogs which would have been impossible without the help from dedicated donors. Especially for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos we made some beautiful lanky skeletons. In English different ages learnt a variety of topics with the youngest ones learning all about “Our World” and the oldest ones concentrating on the present perfect tense. On the third weekend of October we travelled up north to Bahia, San Vicente and Canoa to do activities with the kids affected by the earthquake. This eye opening experience included visiting a tent city where kids are still living under tarps 6 months after the earthquake. Shortly after this weekend, 3 new volunteers came to join; Tatiana from Belgium, Sara from Germany and Lisa from France. With the extra volunteers, everything ran smoothly. At the end of October we hosted our monthly event for the families of Clara Luna. This month we had a soccer tournament. We were able to rent out the soccer field in the center of town for four hours. We had four teams of children, one of teenages, and two of parents. At the end of the tournament, each child received a recycled art medal. We are looking forward to all our events coming up  at the end of the year and our big holiday party in December. 

Sep 7, 2016

Growing our Clubs

Stories in the park
Stories in the park

The past couple of months have been quite busy for Clara Luna. We are continuing with our normally scheduled clubs and adding in some new activities. One that I would like to highlight is Reading in the Park that we do every other Tuesday in the main square of Puerto Lopez. In conjunction with another foundation in Puerto Lopez, we bring around 100 books and blankets to the center for children and their families to read. It allows us to spread the knowledge and importance of reading to more kids and families in Puerto Lopez. Our next reading in the park event is coming up this Tuesday. 

This past week in our kids club we learned all about music.  We invited a local guitarist and pianist to come teach the children about these instruments.  At the end, we all sang three songs together and the kids smiles said it all. In our club for kids with special needs, we continue to work on many arts and crafts that have them fine tune their motor skills.  This week we read the very hungry caterpillar and made caterpillars out of popsicle sticks and puff balls.  With the same club, we also now have a monthly surf day where the kids with special needs go to the ocean to do something they normally wouldn't be able to. Volunteers come from a local surf town to help us out and we have around 15 participants each month. If the kids are not on a surf board, they are cheering on their friends, playing soccer on the beach, or jumping into the waves. 

Our youth group is continuously growing and we are always exploring new ways to teach about leadership and volunteerism. Stay tuned for a current project we are working on to promote volunteerism, a flash mob! 

With your donations, we continue to make improvements to our clubs and programs. This past month we were able to better the reading space where the children read by adding some more seating furniture. The kids are even more excited about reading because now, they have a fun and comfortable place to do it. We are also able to purchase any supplies we may need to do our activities during the clubs, which makes for more creative learning and diversity in activities. 

Again, thank you for all the continued support. We would not be where we are today without your generous donations. 

Sending our love from Puerto Lopez, 

The Clara Luna Team 

Father and son enjoying stories in the park
Father and son enjoying stories in the park
Story time at Kids club
Story time at Kids club
Playing the piano
Playing the piano
Playing the guitar
Playing the guitar
Some kids from our special needs club
Some kids from our special needs club
 
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