VE Global

We foster the development of children at social risk in Chile by training and empowering volunteers to serve as positive role models, educators and advocates of social justice. To achieve our mission, we: Create and implement engaging education and recreation programs for children. Develop leadership and mentoring skills in volunteers throughout their intensive, long-term service commitment. Collaborate with child service organizations by providing complementary programming and support, introducing children to new opportunities, and garnering resources and social capital. Motivate a global network of former volunteers to engage their local communities in support of social justice for child...
Jul 20, 2016

Expanding networks, developing skills, transforming lives

Jornada in Hijuelas
Jornada in Hijuelas

Hello VE Friends and Family,

24h Campaign!

On July 12th-13th we had our annual 24h campaign. This year, thus far, has been one of great changes, the biggest of which being undoubtedly the arrival of Mercedes Henderson as our new Executive Director, marking the beginning of a new era. Here at VE, we see change as an opportunity; an opportunity to do better, to reach further and to have an enduring impact on the lives of the children we care for. With more than 13.000 dollars raised - and even more in matching donations - you have validated our project. You allow us to continue working with youth at social risk in Santiago and develop our organization for another year. Thank you for your support!

Programs News

In other news, our life skills program ¡Soy Independiente! is now fully underway. Three groups of 42 eager young adults meet twice a week to participate in life skills workshops and discuss their future independent adult lives. So far, the program has been a wonderful experience for both monitors and youth. Each participant brings a positive and determined attitude to the table, proving to us once more that this program serves the purpose we envisioned. Thank you for allowing us to continue our work!

Volunteers in Training

Our May starters are now more than halfway through their volunteer experience and as such, our traditional Jornada took place. The whole staff, interns and volunteers of VE, with a special appearance from Pablo Jorquera, member of our Chilean board of directors, spent the weekend of July 1st outside Santiago in Hijuelas. Fun team-building exercises and dedicated time for self-reflection helped us get to know each other more and allowed us to reflect on how our personal and professional goals have evolved throughout the past two months.

Un abrazo from Santiago!


Life Skills Program
Life Skills Program
Hard at work for our annual 24h Campaign !
Hard at work for our annual 24h Campaign !

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Apr 26, 2016

Festival de Arte- Nuestro Mundo!

Just recently, on April 21, we held our biannual Festival de Arte. Close to 30 children came to the event from two of our partner organizations, Hogar San Francisco de Regis and Hogar Fundación Pléyades in Santiago. The theme for this Festival was Nuestro Mundo or Our World!

We know how important it is for the children to be able to express creativity, as well as academic skills, so we have Festival de Arte to celebrate both! In the months leading up to Festival our volunteers hold workshops where the children have fun drawing, painting, making 3D art and much more.

At each festival there is a performance from the current volunteers and interns, followed by performances from the children and their tíos and tías. This Festival included a variety of games, choreographed dancing, lots of singing, a theatrical production and a fashion show!

After the performances, we enjoyed some delicious snacks and our judges carefully chose the winning pieces of art from each category. They were so impressed with all of the pieces and with the variety of ideas the children came up with. Many of the children won special prizes, but in the end everyone received a gift!

We are excited to receive our new volunteers for the May class and start planning the next Festival de Arte. It is always such an inspiration to see the children’s creativity shine through!

Jan 29, 2016

Festival de Arte - Superheroes in Action

In December, we held our biannual Festival de Arte, with 20 children from three of our partner organizations across Santiago. The theme for this Festival was Superheroes!

Festival de Arte is a celebration of the children’s creativity, as well as our volunteers! We know how important it is to be able to express this creativity, as well as academic skills, so our volunteers hold workshops in the months leading up to Festival, where the children have fun drawing, painting and much more!

At each festival there is a performance from the current volunteers and interns, followed by performances from the children and their tíos and tías. This spectacle included minions, ninjas, everyday superheroes and some fun games.

After the performances, we enjoyed some delicious snacks and our judge carefully chose the winning pieces of art from each category. She was so impressed with all of the pieces and with the variety of ideas the children came up with.

We are already excited for our next Festival de Arte in April and can’t wait to once again see the children’s creativity shine through!

 

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