Nov 27, 2017

This is our 2017!

Theater classes
Theater classes

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.     

Seneca The Younger

Finishing the last months of 2017, we can officially say that the implementation of our re-integration program has been successful in the two new orphanages and overall we had no desertion from the program.

Our plan for the next year is to continue working with the same orphanages without adding new ones, but focusing more on strengthening our relations with each institution and including new participants per institution.

Right now we are in a strategic planning process of our vision for 2020 that will help us achieve bigger but sustainable impact. As an organization one of our long-term goals are:

  • Strengthening our governance
  • Opening a Transition center
  • Getting program endorsement from the government or other recognized international institution that works with children and adolescents

These goals will help us open doors for every substitute home/orphanage that needs support

As a part of creation of the life skills measurement system we have re-confirmed that our program answers to the needs of the institutionalized youth. We have also discovered that by re-structuring some parts we can even achieve more profound change in life skills.

Our 2017th results are:

  1. 100% participants retention rate
  2. 88% continues with their studies
  3. 87.5% no adolescent pregnancy
  4. 33% works and studies

To give opportunity to more young women, we have started the selection process for next year and for now we have 18 new candidates from 5 different institutions. By the end of January 2018 we will finish the selection and induction processes.

The only thing that is left to finish this year experiences is our theater play “La Principita” which all of us are very excited and nervous about =) and of course the graduation of 10 participants that have finished the two year program and are ready to start their emotionally and economically independent life. 

Thank you once again for being our silent players behind the scene and making all of this possible.

Sincerely,

Your TaV team

Getting to know our future participantes
Getting to know our future participantes

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Aug 28, 2017

Finishing the first semester...

The focus of this period was creating connections between all of our participants. In total we have 24 participants divided in three groups from different orphanages, so we did activities where all of them participated.

There are various objectives to this. Networking, new experiences that would help them create friendships for lifetime, understanding that there are more people in similar or worse situations than each one of them, and to expose them to different social situations where they need to apply skills that we have been promoting for the last 7 months.

We did workshop in an orphanage for young girls that were abused and with children, we had a touching workshop about values and forgiveness, we visited the Bio Museum to learn more about the geography of Panamá, we strengthened the subject of sexual education, etc.  But the peak of this period has been our two day seminar, Potenciate, where we tried to raise awareness about social responsibility and how our actions have an effect on the society. One of the most impactful subjects was positivity through uncertainty where we tried to encourage our participants not to be afraid of the future and outcomes they don't know. Not to be afraid to take uncertain decisions because that will make them proactive instead of reactive decision maker. 

Of course the fun part of the seminar was celebrating the end of the first semester. We celebrated on the beach playing team building games, football, volleyball and we had an opportunity to teach them something basic but really important, how to swim. All of the participants finished the first semester, some with better grades, others with average, but there were none dropouts.

As an organization we already knew how it is to work with institucionalized youth, but this semester was full of new learnings about working with youth that on top of all of the usual deficiencies (lack of resilience, aspirations and others) have different cultural beliefs.

Each orphanage/shelter homes that we work with has different characteristics and this was just a reminder that we need to stay open-minded and flexible to be able to give the best chance to all of the participants, no matter from what environment they come from.

Thank you once again for being part of this help and learn process

Sincerely,

Your TaV team

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May 30, 2017

Getting to know our participantes better

Luz Adriana, 19 years old, infirmary student.
Luz Adriana, 19 years old, infirmary student.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Lao Tzu

This small paragraph explains well our efforts in the last two months. We have been trying to raise awareness about the importance of self-reflection and getting to know who am I.

Our participants have received 30h module of workshops focusing on: Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Self-respect, Self-care, what are and how to have healthy relationships. Last, but not the least important, how to love themselves.

A part of the workshops the participants are receiving mentoring, english classes for which we give a special thanks to our excellent and fun teacher , sessions with the psychologist and individual follow up with the program coordinator.

In this period of time we have witnessed that introspection is hard and forever ongoing process, but it is also a right path to acceptance and happiness.

Each saturday we have noticed raised interest about the mentioned topics through stronger commitment and better connection with the participants. Our biggest blessing is Adelina, a girl who entered the program with just a couple of weeks pregnant, with no awareness what it means to be a mom, with no wish to be a mom and with a lots of regrets that she would never say out loud.
We cannot say Adelina is fully ready to be a mom, but we can see that now she smiles when she talks about and to her baby. She has accepted her situation and on top of that she has started to really love her daughter which is a crucial step to break the cycle of another child in orphanage.

The next step is to empower Adelina and other participants to actually start believing that they can and will be independent, resilient and happy individuals.

And how will we do it? A Little bit more of workshops and then with the most fun and powerful tool; theater!

Stay tuned for our new experiences and once again thank you for supporting us.

Your TaV Team

Our little group with great potential
Our little group with great potential
Meeting participants from other orphanages
Meeting participants from other orphanages
 
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