2020 can be summarized as the year of the challenges. With the arrival of Covid-19 we faced two biggest challenges so far: a new, virtual way of operating and delivering the program, as well as the impact on the budget. Part of these adjustments consisted of providing beneficiaries with electronic equipment, data and / or connectivity to be able to attend the virtual workshops and support them in fulfilling their virtual academic assignments.
We have managed to graduate our 2nd year participants and open one new group that received the program virtually from the start. We see differences in participants progress but we will know more exact results at the end of 2021 when a group completes the whole program online.
One of our top priorities for this year is working on self-sustainability projects that will give us more economic independence, such as giving professional orientation which will directly go to scholarships for those that can’t afford it. School for parents where we will teach what we know the best, working with adolescents and their transition to being young adults.
We are also very excited to share a book that consists from life stories that our participants lived and wrote. This is a result of many hours of therapy through art and writing modules of the program.
Right now, we are in recruitment process so by the next report we will be able to share more about our new stories :)
Thank you for staying with us for the last 4 years! Your Tav Team
For most of us, these days our homes are the new offices, Zoom space is the new meeting room. Some love it, others feel less efficient, but the fact is that we have the access to the technology and the infrastructure to do it.
Most of our participants are from underprivileged communities and their access is very limited. It has been very challenging reaching them through Zoom workshops with a slow internet connection, giving therapy over the phone in limited privacy space, or empathize how they feel.
Despite the challenges, we have had progress since the last report. The most important progress was recognizing 4 cases of abuse and acting in the legal aspect to protect our participants. During this period we provided:
132h of psychological attention
67h of mentoring
48h of workshops
We are also part of two important initiatives in Panama;
1. Recupera Panama - aims to help the community by supporting NGOs as a response to the 7-month lockdown caused by COVID-19 and all the consequences brought with it.
2. Alliance for children and youth - supported by UNICEF and advocates for their rights to the government. We are leading a group of organizations that are gathering all the statistics and making suggestions that need to be implemented in the laws of Panama. Currently, the laws are incomplete and mostly focused on children, neglecting the Panamanian youth. As an organization whose mission is to help at-risk youth, we feel very honored that we can contribute and make their voices be heard.
Until next time, stay creative and positive :)
Your Tav Team
Jun 12, 2020
By Lucija Rozic - Team Member
“The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”
As every organisation, Covid-19 pandemic has affected our operations and challenged our plans. Our HOW has changed over the night.
Instead of recruitment, we started planning how to do an online program. Workshops and therapy got replaced with telephone follow ups and mindfulness program that would help keep the positive thinking during uncertain times.
This program supports our participants but also their caregivers so we could at least have some impact on their environment. As a part of the support we are also providing food and basic necessities for those who dont have.
In this times of rethinking and replanning we are becoming more aware that the advantages of technology will help us carry on. The restrictions in Panama are still quite strict and probably will continue to be for months ahead.
Our initial plan was to give some modules online, but considering the situation, we are planning that our graduates finish the whole 2nd year online.
We havent been able to start the program with a new group but we have managed to keep in touch with the majority of the graduates. 20 of them are recieving on a weekly basis phone therapy and 3 different workshops:
1h of meditation
1h of art
1h of exercise
For a long time we have been thinking how an online program would help us expand our impact by reaching youth living far away from the city.
The Covid-19 is giving us opportunity to test this way of working so stay tuned for more details next time.