Oct 24, 2019

Ludoteca Merced News

Dear community, in this beginning of spring there have been a series of activities with children of the Ludoteca, one of the main events was the Spring Festival, a party organized by the people of the neighborhood, where the children of the Ludoteca with Colorful costumes and their own scenery, participated with a theatre play created by themselves.


During this time, we have also carried out activities of birthday celebrations, educational outings to parks and museums in the city, and various workshops that strengthen creative skills, such as painting, cooking, living, construction classes, among others.


It is also known that our country is currently in a social and political crisis that began on Friday, October 18 of this year. Every day there are various demonstrations in our city, where violence and repression by the military forces is received by the population, infringing upon the human rights of people. The children who come to the Ludoteca every day come from a vulnerable and often violent environment. And added to the context, this violence intensifies being now, inside and outside their homes.


All that has been said above has caused the usual operation of the Ludoteca to be modified to the national contingency. The schedule has had to change since public schools and gardens are not working, accessibility and frequency to public transport has been affected and the State of emergency does not allow free movement of people after 18:00 hours. Thus transforming the Ludoteca into a key space that welcomes children, generates spaces for containment and crisis management and is concerned with continuing with its fundamental recreational activities for the development of children in the community, addressing this situation of the best possible way. These days we have started the mornings with moments of conversation and reflection through drawing and painting, in order to enhance art as an expression tool. However, the resources necessary to continue our work have been affected. The teachers have had access and supply difficulties. The volunteers who usually show up have not been able to arrive due to the risk that this implies, with the Ludoteca being in a critical sector of the city of Valparaíso.


It is important for us as a foundation to make this problem visible and obtain the resources to continue supporting the children who need our assistance, and now even more the security and autonomy that the Ludoteca offers them.

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Aug 8, 2019

Ludoteca Merced News

The winter has been long, but always warm and entertaining in the LUDOTECA of Cerro Merced, in VALPARAÍSO. Where every day, we receive the children of the neighborhood for activities and workshops on differents topics such as art, theater, embroidery, carpentry among others.

The puppet workshop was very entertaining, we also had the expected solar eclipse, which we all wait with a delicious hot chocolate and an afternoon of stories.

In the embroidery workshop the projects are more beautiful every day, we made an exhibition to the families, where the assistances could appreciate the work of their children during the afternoons of Tuesdays.

As usual, on Fridays we go out to differents outside activities, from walks in the neighborhood, classical music concerts at the University Federico Santa Maria, and visit an educational farm in Concon.

Also during the month of July monitors of the carpentry workshop of the Ludoteca did a workshop in a school to built a greenhouse, in 4 days between 40 young people of 14 years built a large greenhouse made of wood and tires.

And to animate the winter we are preparing a play in the theater workshop that will be exhibited at the spring festival of the hill Merced, the play is created by the children of the Ludoteca based on stories from the neighborhood.

With this we say goodbye until the next report, where we will tell you how was this beautiful spring party and the play.

May 13, 2019

Ludoteca Merced News

City tour
City tour

Hello and thank you,

 

We are so grateful for your dear help and that we have been able to share so many beautiful moments with the kids this month.

What a treasure it is to continue to welcome our kids to our playful Ludoteca almost every day of the week.
Here´s what a normal day at the Ludoteca can look like. 
Our kids drop in one by one after they have finished school, we greet and hug each other and start playing card games or perhaps hide and seek in the yard. When the majority have gathered it´s time to start the workshop. On a Tuesday we have a professional circus artist teaching us the ropes and how to do juggling for example. On a Wednesday we cook something, probably one of the volunteers from around the world has a recipy and some photos or stories to add to the cooking. 
If you drop by on a Thursday you will see us hunched over the camera or computer, because we have recently started our new project Ludorandom. A media project that shortly will be launched on Youtube - where the kids will record, cut and show what we do at Ludoteca, for example how we celebrated Midsommar together, a traditional Swedish feast where you dance around a pole as a frog and play silly games. And eat a lot of Swedish meatballs of course. 
Talking about feasts, on Fridays we often celebrate the kids birthdays by playing football in the big hall nextdoor, after that we sing, probably listen to an improvised rap from one of the kids, often they also share their best jokes and obviously – we dig into the birthday cake. What a joy!

This last month we had a great big celebration – the 5th anniversary of MingaValpo! How amazing it is that we have been existing, creating, playing and working for four whole years already. And it will hopefully be many more years to come. 
The day was full of tasty food, live music and fun games, we walked and danced as a big samba train up and down the streets with instruments and shouts - no one in our neighbourhood Cerro Merced have gone unnoticed about this grand day!
There were also an initiation of a colaboration with the PUCV – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. From now on we will have students volunteering and teachers will add their knowledge and assistance to the Foundation and the Ludoteca. The other day three students joined Ludoteca for a whole day to play creative and smart games that they had created for us, shared fun is double joy.
That is what we have noticed many times here at Ludoteca. Thank you for adding to the joy!

Minga Valpo team  
what is the ludoteca for the kids?
what is the ludoteca for the kids?
Circus time
Circus time
Celebrating midsommar
Celebrating midsommar
Music day
Music day
Celebrating in the neighborhood
Celebrating in the neighborhood
 
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