Nov 20, 2020

Staying Safe and Connected Through COVID-19

Our Children Continue Their Education
Our Children Continue Their Education

Dear GlobalGiving Friends and Family, 

We hope this message finds you, your friends, and family well, as we continue staying strong and together to overcome this pandemic. 

Thank you for continuing to take time to learn about the needs of the 27 children and 45 elderly since March 2020, for making the effort to donate, for our children and elderly in your hearts, and for sharing our mission with others especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since July 2020, together we achieved the campaign’s funding goal; however, as the world continues its efforts to overcome this pandemic and the winter months approaching there is an urgent need to maintain this project. 

With your donations, Fundación Dones de Misericordia has been able to continue ensuring that our children and elderly stay healthy and cared for. Additionally, caregivers/staff continue with up-to-date health and safety measures recommended by the local and national government agencies. For example, only caregivers and staff are entering the homes and upon entrance they clean their shoes in a mat with solution of hypochlorite, soap, and ammonium, disinfecting hands with a free/foot activated hand sanitizer dispenser located at the entrance of both homes to minimize risk of contamination. 

Our children continue to receive the protection they need by having their caregivers following all the health and safety protocols by having access to hygiene supplies (i.e. face masks, gloves, alcohol 80%, hand sanitizer), additional healthy meals and snacks (i.e. home made fruit juice, yogurt, fish, vegetables) recreational activities (i.e. soccer, virtual dance classes, agility training, arts & crafts) while they are homeschooled until schools resume in in-person classes, behavioral health services (i.e. positive reinforcement of appropriate/adaptive behaviors), and medication management. Our elderly also continue being protected with staff following strict health and safety protocols, nutritional supplements (i.e. Vitamin C), healthy meals and snacks (i.e. oranges, mandarins, watermelon, pineapple), leisure activities (i.e. coloring, arts & crafts), on site services from nurses, 24-hour on-call emergency health care, and additional space designated and equipped in case of having a rule-out COVID-19, in addition to continue fulfilling their ongoing needs. 

The children continue communicating with their families and volunteers via phone and videoconference. 

With immense gratitude, we send positive thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones. Your kindness since the month of March 2020 continues making it possible to re-establish the rights of our children and elderly that one day were abandoned but that thanks to people like you, will never have to go through that inhumane suffering again. Today thanks to you they enjoy a loving environment that fulfills not only their physical needs but also their mental and emotional needs. 

Our Little Ones Concentrated Studying
Our Little Ones Concentrated Studying
Knowledge is Power!
Knowledge is Power!
Our Children Doing Arts and Crafts
Our Children Doing Arts and Crafts
Our littles Ones with Their New Friend, Princesa
Our littles Ones with Their New Friend, Princesa
Outdoor Interactive Learning
Outdoor Interactive Learning
Our Little One's First Virtual Dance Show!
Our Little One's First Virtual Dance Show!
Our Grandparents
Our Grandparents
Our Grandparents Safely Celebrating
Our Grandparents Safely Celebrating
Our Grandparents Painting
Our Grandparents Painting
Our Grandparents on a Walk
Our Grandparents on a Walk
Oct 20, 2020

Setting the Tone for Next Year

Little Ones of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch
Little Ones of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch

Dear GlobalGiving friends, we hope that this report finds you, your families, and your friends well during this time when we have been challenged to be the best version of ourselves. 

We would like to thank you because in spite of the challenges you have continued or joined our efforts to help children who live in extreme poverty in the Island of Tierra Bomba to receive nutritional care.

Since the month of March 2020, the Colombian government mandated a quarantine that has transitioned gradually to a selective quarantine since the end of September. We continued providing nutritious food items to 950 families, greatly impacted by the quarantine since their economical support is based on tourism, and provided lunch to 650 children with the support of SOS Cartagena. 

Our team re-assessed the needs of the families and identified that an early childhood center is greatly needed since not only the fathers but also the mothers and those who are head of the household need to find ways to support their families. 

We are committed to building the early childhood center that will provide services from 7AM to 5PM to 280 children between the ages of 2 to 5. The services that will be provided are nutritious food, drinking water, potty training, activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills, health check-ups which they don’t have at their homes while their parents or their mothers’ head of the household work.

In the meantime, while we continue with our efforts to furnish the center with childcare equipment including items for the kitchen, playrooms, library, medical room, nap room, computer room, among others we continue supporting families by providing groceries and lunches to children. 

Once again, receive a big Thank You. Your generosity is helping children to develop not only healthier physically but also with hearts and minds with dreams and hope. We believe that together we can continue making a difference giving these children the opportunity to receive the love and care they deserve from the staff and their families who receive the training to engage in positive parenting. These families will have increased chances of staying together, achieving their dreams, and spreading their knowledge and love with everyone and everywhere they go. We hope the best for each and everyone of you, to continue strengthening the bonds with your loved ones during this time and have your dreams also come true.

Lunches are Delivered to the Children
Lunches are Delivered to the Children
Lunches Handed-out at Our Location in Tierra Bomba
Lunches Handed-out at Our Location in Tierra Bomba
Youth supporting Youth
Youth supporting Youth
Little One Receiving Lunch
Little One Receiving Lunch
Thanks to the Support of SOS Cartagena
Thanks to the Support of SOS Cartagena
Providing Nutritional Support to Tierra Bomba
Providing Nutritional Support to Tierra Bomba
Taking Care of the Next Generations
Taking Care of the Next Generations
Little Girl of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch
Little Girl of Tierra Bomba Receiving Lunch
Toddler Receiving Nutritional Meal
Toddler Receiving Nutritional Meal
Oct 17, 2020

A Dream Closer to Becoming a Reality

New Space of Casa de los Dones
New Space of Casa de los Dones

Dear GlobalGiving friends, we hope that this report finds you, your families, and your friends well during this time when we have been challenged to be the best version of ourselves. 

We would like to thank you because in spite of the challenges you continued or joined our efforts to provide a safe home to more than 25 children who have been rescued from the streets and are closer to making this dream a reality.

We have amazing news, we were able to purchase half of the land where we would be able build the home for our children, next to where they currently live. This would help them to have an easier transition by not having to be relocated and continue participating in the bonding project with the elderly facility across the street, where 40 grandparents live, who Fundacion Dones de Misericordia rescued from abandonment. 

In the meantime, while we continue with our efforts to purchase the other half of the land and begin building their home, the boys are enjoying the land by engaging in free play as well as enjoying guided physical activities that are so needed since their academic activities continue being virtual. 

The boys continue to receive the best quality of services from a multidisciplinary team to help them increase their adaptive living skills, reduce their challenging behaviors, increase their socially appropriate behaviors, and most importantly feel cared for. Some outcomes include: nutrition recovery, substance use rehabilitation, dental and physical health. 

Since the month of June the boys were given the opportunity to choose if they wanted to participate in weekly dance classes from a professional dancer with the goal of helping them to express themselves through dance, heal from their suffering, explore their talents, and future interests. The boys that decided to join have shown commitment, discipline, and passion for dance and as a result they were invited to participate in an end-of-the-year presentation by the dance academy where kids from different places would participate. 

Once again, receive a big Thank You. Your generosity is making a dream be closer to a reality, and we believe that together we can do it. Our children receive the love and care they deserve which will stay with them forever, will help them achieve their dreams, and wherever they go they will spread the love and care they receive. We hope the best for each and everyone of you, to continue strengthening the bonds with your loved ones during this time and have your dreams also come true.

Our Children Enjoying Group Activities
Our Children Enjoying Group Activities
Keeping Active Through Dance Lessons
Keeping Active Through Dance Lessons
Receiving Dental Care
Receiving Dental Care
Promoting Creativity with our Children
Promoting Creativity with our Children
One of Our Children Working Hard on Value Project
One of Our Children Working Hard on Value Project
 
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